Book Review #34: “Music in My Heart: My Journey with Melody”

American Girl Melody Music

Image Credit: American Girl

If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out my previous Melody book reviews before reading this one:


This book was incredible! I’ve been so impressed with how historically accurate Melody’s books have been – I can clearly see the research and attention to detail. Every time, I feel like I’ve been transported to Detroit, Michigan in 1964.

I love how there are previews of the next book at the end of the previous ones – It makes me excited for the next chapter, in a way. This way, I discovered the modern girl in this story has a piano teacher named “Ms. Stricker,” which happens to be my maiden name! I realize this is fictionalized, but I can’t tell you how excited I was to see that! It’s so rare to see something like that!

To me, this book had more adventures than Maryellen’s journey, which I really liked. It was exciting to pick so many paths!

Melody is such a sweet character. It’s one of the things that immediately drew me to her stories when she was introduced in 2016. She’s passionate about her family, music, and the world around her. She wants to do what’s right!

Without giving away a lot of details, I loved everything about this book. Melody and the modern girl both love music, especially the piano and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Because of Melody, our modern girl discovers Motown, and experiences the Civil Rights Movement first-hand. We even meet a few key figures along the way!

This book snatched me up and didn’t let me go! I wanted to keep reading the first night, but I had to break it up over two of them. Getting up so early is a curse sometimes.

I’m keeping Melody’s books forever!

There’s at least one more Melody book out there – A mystery! I’m hoping my library has it! But, if I’m being honest, I’ll probably buy it, at some point.

I’m definitely adding more American Girl books to my TBR!

5 out of 5 stars.


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

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18 thoughts on “Book Review #34: “Music in My Heart: My Journey with Melody”

  1. I appreciate your review! I read the first book and I couldn’t get past the similarity to “Watsons Go to Birmingham” — it sounds like you would recommend I give her other books a chance?

  2. I loved the enthusiasm of your review. It’s great when something makes a mark on you. I feel the exact same way when I see a stellar movie.

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