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Monday, November 3, 2008

Unheard Melodies: Confessions of a Poetic Muse

Unheard Melodies: Confessions of a Poetic Muse by Molly Zenk
Publisher: Wings ePress
Genre: Historical
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: Best Book
Review by Orange Blossom

UNHEARD MELODIES: CONFESSIONS OF A POETIC MUSE tells the true story of the romance between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne -- from Fanny's perspective! Still in her teens when they met, Fanny inspired Keats to write the great poems his reputation now rests on. Though disapproving parents and jealous friends attempted to keep them apart, they fought for a life together...but at what cost?

Unheard Melodies isn’t a romance in the typical genre fiction sense, but instead it is the true romance of John Keats and Fanny Brawne.

Rarely have I ever been brought to tears by a novel as I was after reading this story. Ms. Zenk has produced a shining gem to be proud of for years and years to come. I went through a stage in my own teenage life when I enjoyed reading the romantic poetry of Byron, Keats and Shelley, but I really had very little background on the persons of these poets. As I read this book, I was tempted to cheat and look up how the story would unfold but instead I continued to read and was rewarded by one of the most heart-touching stories I’ve read in a very long time.

The book is written from the perspective of young Fanny Brawne in first person—a brave perspective to use in telling the story of Mr. Keats. Every character is richly defined and realistic. They weren’t glossed over and made out too be too good to be true. In fact, at times, Fanny might seem selfish and immature and Keats appears as the true romantic soul with many insecurities. This made them that much more real and I loved them for that—I felt for them.

A true treasure—this beautifully written narrative has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf. Reading this book is an experience I will never forget. Well done, Ms. Zenk, on a thoughtful and engaging piece of workmanship. We can only hope for more books from this author in the future. I heartily recommend Unheard Melodies. It is one not to be overlooked or missed.