The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke

‘The love song began its life, not with a fanfare or a crash of cymbals, but instead with a knock at a door.’

A love song is written, is lost, is rediscovered.  It crosses lives and continents, and it brings people together. 

In Australia, Arie Johnson waits for classical pianist Diana Clare to return from a world tour.  He’s hoping that after seven years together, Diana will finally agree to marry him.  While she’s travelling, Diana starts composing a song for him.  One night, Diana’s song is overheard and begins its own journey.

Evie Greenlees, drifting in Scotland, hears a love song.  As one journey ends for her and she returns to Australia, another journey is about to begin.

Music, in any of its varied forms, is important to most of us.  There are songs (or pieces of music) which define various stages of our lives, bring back happy memories, or signal major events.  Music is special.  And so is this novel.

Diana does not complete her love song.  Someone else does, and its journey continues.  Eventually it will find its way to Arie.  The journey of the song, told by way of a series of interludes, is a delightful story of serendipity.  The journey of the people involved is heart-warming (although once or twice I did want to shake a couple of them). 

This is Ms Darke’s second novel, and I enjoyed it every bit as much as her first: ‘Star-Crossed’.

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Random House (UK), Transworld Publishers for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith