Today I bring you my thoughts on ‘The Lost Love Song’ by Australian author, Minnie Darke. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I will most definitely be checking out her other book titled, ‘Star Crossed’.
This book takes you on an emotional journey around the world. It starts in Singapore, moving through Edinburgh, London, New York, and finally, ending back in Australia.
We meet Australian Arie, and his girlfriend Diana, a beautiful and extremely talented, world renowned pianist. Before she jets off on her latest international tour, Arie tells her he wants a decision on her return, as to whether or not she will finally agree to marry him.
On this tour Diana decides she will marry him, and pens the most hauntingly beautiful love song for Arie. During her travels, Diana finishes composing the song at her hotel, and has no idea a stranger heard it, instantly falling in love with the melody. A distracted Diana forgets her manuscript containing the songs composition, and leaves it on the hotel piano. The onlooker picks it up with the intention of returning it to her, however an unforeseen tragedy occurs, casting doubt on Arie ever getting to hear Diana’s love song.
Late one night her song is heard, and starts its journey around the world. In Scotland we meet Evie, an aspiring poet who is drifting through life pulling beers in pubs, and frothing milk for customers cappuccinos. Evie left Australia for an adventure, but now feels it’s time to go back home and get her life together, where her path will ultimately cross with a broken hearted Arie.
I won’t say anything more about the plot, as I don’t want to give away any spoilers. The story is well written, the characters are likable, the pacing is very well balanced, and I can guarantee you will shed a tear or two. Both tears of sadness and joy, while reading this lovely book.
The book's central theme is ‘Love’ and its many forms. The main characters are intertwined together in a story of love, loss, music, dreams, and second chances. I very much look forward to reading more books by this author.
I give it 5 stars *****