Book Review: Summer Melody by Toddie Downs


Summer Melody by Toddie Downs

A Coming of Age Fiction Novel published by Amazon Digital Services LLC (06/29/16)


Three generations of women’s stories interweave as each must find their own hidden strengths. Bonnie must come to terms with her aging mother’s secrets. Her niece, Meg, is set to marry her perfect match, but when adversity strikes will they become closer or will they be pushed apart? Bonnie’s daughter, Jane, is a 14 year old who is given responsibility of a neighbor’s autistic 5-year old, but will it be too much for her?


Autism, Relationships, Family, Love, Friendships, Teenagers, Responsibility, Secrets, Wedding, Uncertainty, Past, Dementia, Power, Family Ties, Forgiveness

My Review:

As soon as I understood what relationship each character had with one another, I was hooked. Each chapter is told from the POV of one of the main characters: Bonnie, Meg, or Jane. This book was all about the character relationships and character details. I was extremely fascinated to see the dynamics that played out with a character with dementia and a character with autism.

This is contemporary work at its most realistic. It isn’t necessarily a fictional book with a recognizable plot arc. It is a story that will delve into characters we might not necessarily see in fiction or portrayed in fiction as a normal part of the characters’ lives. This is their reality and it is so interesting to read about.

This novel was published by Amazon Digital Services LLC on June 29th, 2016 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.25

Links for more information:

Toddie Down’s Website