Review: The Lost Love Song by Minnie Drake

The Lost Love Song by Minnie Drake
Published by  Penguin Random House March 3rd 2020
Source: Publisher provided for review
Genres: Contemporary Australian
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Rating :★★★★

This is the story of a love song . . . And like any good love song, it has two parts.

In Australia, Arie Johnson waits impatiently for classical pianist Diana Clare to return from a world tour, hopeful that after seven years together she’ll finally agree to marry him.

On her travels, Diana composes a song for Arie. It’s the perfect way to express her love, knowing they’ll spend their lives together . . . Won’t they?

Then late one night, her love song is overheard, and begins its own journey across the world.

In Scotland, Evie Greenlees is drifting. It’s been years since she left Australia with a backpack, a one-way ticket and a dream of becoming a poet. Now she spends her days making coffee and her nights serving beer. And she’s not even sure whether the guy she lives with is really her boyfriend or just a flatmate.

Then one day she hears an exquisite love song. One that will connect her to a man with a broken heart . . . 


If wasn’t a friend exclaiming how she much enjoyed the author’s previous book. I  would have left this one languishing longer on my TBR

The Lost Love Song is the type of book I enjoy reading when I want a good Australian fiction.  Strongly written with a compellingly tale  that is needed more than ever given the current climate. The power of love and how it transcends  despite distance, time  and age. 

There something about a revolving door effect in a story. It allows you to see separate stories form and come together as one.  This story is told in a way that it  makes for good reading. It’s unique and whilst it may hit home hard at first. It’s  a love story that needs no encouragement to take flight and let love do it’s business.

The story stars with Arie, an IT professional who meets Diana, a concert pianist. Their relationship is one of those you hear about. Opposites  attract and they live happily ever after . However there is a Big but in their happily ever after. The story takes dramatic dive into death and the result is a  magical love  story that unfolds in mysterious ways.

Diana leaves a  gift, a song declaring everything she feels for Arie. However it doesn’t arrive for him. It ‘s heard by a man who is tackling his own problems in his family as his young son and then this where the magic happens as the song travels the world and brings hope to those who need it .

It’s the  beginning of a magical journey that crosses many seas and hearts. It’s the story that deals with the emotions of loss and trying to find the hope to move on .   The revolving door effect works well with this song taking is journey and bring its message of love across the world. I loved the main characters who guided this journey  Arie and Evie who helped the story take shape and bring the connections all together.  They both were at crossroads and different stages with their emotions and love but love had a funny way of giving them both what they needed.

Arie was the loveable guy who was torn in to pieces  at first. He rises to become even a stronger person despite the constant negative emotions  his life.  It took time but the Arie we left was a man who had experience love in its different forms uniquely and it’s something special.

Evie was the perfect foil, her journey to return home and find  herself. Her relationship with love was different and she need Arie to see what love could be truly be like . The story was perfect. They need time and a connect to a song was a good starting point to their story.  Their story was one , that was full of hope and second chances that is needed given the hope and lost that surrounds this story.

If there was book that needs to be promoted during this time about hope and dealing with all type of emotions with the unexpected. It’s this book. It was the type of book I wanted to savour and discover all the little connections and  things that  make up this one big story. Drake’s latest is the good feel story that I never knew I needed.

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