Melody Flynn is a costume designer. The problem is she has a loud, annoying ghost in her apartment who likes to leave music on her piano and water her plants at two a.m. Melody attempts to get help from a neighbor and ends up being transported back to 1919 and Ziegfeld's Follies. She has to figure out what happened, dodge a skeptic and not end up as one of the missing Follie's girls.
I had a hard time getting into this story and struggled with finishing it. I am a big fan of time travel romances but this story was off-balance for me. And while there is a vast knowledge of the theater thrown in, it doesn't add much to the worldbuilding or help in drawing me into the story. It was almost an overabundance of knowledge that felt more like an info dump than backstory or worldbuilding.
However, I did find the Hero Briley MacIntyre rather intriguing and he was one of the highlights to the story for me. Haunting Melody's heroine Melody Flynn was underdeveloped and came across as immature at times.
Unfortunately, Haunting Melody did not pull me in as a reader. I think with a little work the story could come across a lot better with more detailed worldbuilding that integrates into the storyline instead of serving as a hindrance.
2007: A week ago Melody was designing costumes for an off-Broadway show, walking her dog in the rain and dealing with a ghost in her apartment. She never imagined she'd travel through time and land in the New Amsterdam Theatre, circa 1919. She never thought she'd be labeled a spy for a tabloid newspaper by a handsome, arrogant stagehand.
1919: A week ago Briley MacIntyre was painting set pieces for the latest Ziegfeld Follies production. He never expected to find a spunky red-haired beauty lurking in the wings of the New Amsterdam Theatre. He never believed he could fall for a girl he's convinced works for Broadway Brevities, the local scandal rag specializing in nasty gossip about theatre folk.
Melody and Briley never anticipated they'd be thrown together to track down missing Follies company members. Or that they'd uncover a mysterious and deadly cult dedicated to the Egyptian god Ptah. Neither Melody nor Briley ever dreamed they could fall so deeply in love with someone out of their own time. Someone who would chase away the ghosts of their pasts. They never thought they were in danger of losing their lives.