World War II has ended but the scars of the war have carved deep grooves in Sophie Wright’s heart. Now a widow with two young children, she returns home to Aspen Falls and meets Leland Halverson, a handsome carpenter who appears interested in her, but afraid of a relationship.
Leland wishes he was worthy of the beautiful Sophie, and he adores her two children, but his past still haunts him. Sophie knows that Leland fell apart after his little girl died and his wife left him, but she doesn’t know the real reason why.
Meanwhile, David Alexander, a decorated bomber pilot has returned to Aspen Falls, and Sophie catches his eye. Confused by the two vastly different choices of men, Sophie searches for answers from a heart that has betrayed her before.
When Sophie discovers a message inside a music box that Leland once owned, the pieces start to fit together. The enchanting melody urges her to share the secrets of her heart so that she can understand his. Leland knows the tune from the music box well and if he can find the courage, he’ll carve a melody for Sophie from the solid wood surrounding his heart.
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Rachelle loves laughing with her husband while raising five children and dozens of chickens on a little farm in rural Idaho. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Carve Me a Melody is a sequel to The Soldier's Bride. You could probably read Carve Me a Melody alone but you wouldn't know Leland's back story or the part the music box played in his recovery from the depths of despair and alcohol addiction. Sophie Wright is mentioned in The Soldier's Bride and this is Leland and Sophie's story. Leland Halverson has overcome many things--the accidental death of his daughter, his wife leaving him, and alcohol addiction--and life seems to be going well for him. His business building furniture is doing well and his best friend, Keith, has introduced him to his war-widowed sister, Sophie Wright, who's moved back to Aspen Falls with her two small children so she can be close to family. Leland is taken with her the first time they meet. Sophie is interested in the good looking but shy carpenter, but home town war hero David Alexander has just returned from the war and is smitten with Sophie too. Sophie's heart has mislead her before and she has trouble deciding which man is right for her. I was taken in with this story from the first page and couldn't wait to see how Sophie made her decision; I loved the way it turned out. There were times I didn't understand how she couldn't see which man was right for her, but she finally came to her senses. I also enjoyed having characters from The Soldier's Bride in this book too. This is a clean romance story.
My Disclaimer: I purchased this book on sale. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way. ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review My Review: ✭✭✭✭ The second book in the Music Box Series, this had a similar feel as the first book. The music box makes its appearance again and works its magic with music and its messages. And some of the names are familiar from the first book, though they are seen from a totally different angle this time. This is a definite romance. Sophie Wright is a war widow. Her husband had died in Pearl Harbor. And she carries a dark secret. Does she dare leave herself open to another love? Two very different men have their sights on Sophie, but only one of them understands her. And one knows her dark secret. Who will win her heart and her hand? This story was really good, but it dragged in some places. Sophie agonized over her dark secret a bit too much. The characters were really well done. They had great depth to them and wonderful personalities. Even the children were more than just placeholders. And they had a real role to play in the story and were actually a key element of the story. The pacing was pretty good for most of the book. Just when Sophie kept obsessing about her dark secret, before we knew what it was, caused the timing to get off. It didn’t add to the suspense after awhile it got to be irritating. Other than that, it was really good. Surprises came when you needed them. Explanations came when you had questions. Laughs when you needed a lift. This is a heartwarming story about life and how it really happens. How people are affected by what others do and say. I highly recommend this book to those of you who love romance and women’s lit, books about real life.
Sophie is trying to rebuild her life after the war--and to keep anyone from knowing her true feelings about her husband's death. While most people think she's a poor war widow, she's glad to have escaped her abusive marriage. Sophie is cautious about relationships now, but she also feels like it's time to find a good fatherly influence for her two children. When she meets Leland, she's drawn to him, but his interest in her seems to fade, while David, the rich boy she knows is out of her league, keeps coming around. Leland cares for Sophie, but he also doesn't know if he can ever be the man she needs. After the mistakes he's made in the past, he doesn't entirely trust himself. And while he does want to be with Sophie, and he loves her kids, he knows he can't compete with David, who is both rich and a war hero. I loved Leland. He was just so sweet and considerate and also so realistically written, with his insecurities and fears. Sophie's conflicting emotions were also realistic.I liked the message of hope and healing in this book. Although this is the sequel to The Soldier's Bride, it can be read as a stand-alone. This is a good choice for those who like WWII stories, romances, and stories of healing. I received a copy of the ebook from the author. All opinions are my own.