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The knock on the door came early in the morning, the way most bad news did. Jane Reynold's ex-husband was dying and had one final wish--to spend his remaining days with his 12 year old son. On their way over to see him, and at her son's urging, Jane stops at a seedy pawn shop in an even seedier part of town, so Josh can purchase a music box for his father. What he doesn't The knock on the door came early in the morning, the way most bad news did. Jane Reynold's ex-husband was dying and had one final wish--to spend his remaining days with his 12 year old son. On their way over to see him, and at her son's urging, Jane stops at a seedy pawn shop in an even seedier part of town, so Josh can purchase a music box for his father. What he doesn't realize is that every song it plays has the ability to transport both father and son back to the time when his father first heard the song. Through their visits, Josh begins to finally see who his father really is, as well as learn some valuable life lessons along the way. Is it the magic of the music box? The sway of the music itself? Or the sheer power of the human mind at work? The Music Box is a story about a father and son, but it is for everyone who believes in family and second chances.


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The knock on the door came early in the morning, the way most bad news did. Jane Reynold's ex-husband was dying and had one final wish--to spend his remaining days with his 12 year old son. On their way over to see him, and at her son's urging, Jane stops at a seedy pawn shop in an even seedier part of town, so Josh can purchase a music box for his father. What he doesn't The knock on the door came early in the morning, the way most bad news did. Jane Reynold's ex-husband was dying and had one final wish--to spend his remaining days with his 12 year old son. On their way over to see him, and at her son's urging, Jane stops at a seedy pawn shop in an even seedier part of town, so Josh can purchase a music box for his father. What he doesn't realize is that every song it plays has the ability to transport both father and son back to the time when his father first heard the song. Through their visits, Josh begins to finally see who his father really is, as well as learn some valuable life lessons along the way. Is it the magic of the music box? The sway of the music itself? Or the sheer power of the human mind at work? The Music Box is a story about a father and son, but it is for everyone who believes in family and second chances.

54 review for The Music Box

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)

    My son won this book in the Goodreads Giveaways and I'm pleased that he did as this book 'The Music Box' by Matt Micros is an absolute gem of a story. Heart-warming, emotional its packed with love, insight, family values and endearing morals. Music can be very powerful and can evoke all types of memories. This is a story about a simple music box purchased as a gift from a pawn shop that plays a specially recorded tape featuring songs from Joshs dying father Nick's lifetime. As Nick lies in bed r My son won this book in the Goodreads Giveaways and I'm pleased that he did as this book 'The Music Box' by Matt Micros is an absolute gem of a story. Heart-warming, emotional its packed with love, insight, family values and endearing morals. Music can be very powerful and can evoke all types of memories. This is a story about a simple music box purchased as a gift from a pawn shop that plays a specially recorded tape featuring songs from Joshs dying father Nick's lifetime. As Nick lies in bed reminiscing with his young son each song brings back strong memories that he shares with Josh so clearly it's like they are living it for real. I could easily have read so much more of this book. Matt Micros writing is so easy to read and follow and a delight to read. At this time of year (Christmas) I found this to be a fabulous 'feel good' book that I highly recommend. I look forward to reading 'Destinare' and will make sure I have a box of tissues at the ready.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This is a charming story which covers 3 generations. The music box is pivotal in helping each character understand the others, and himself. I will say no more, as I don't want to give away the most enjoyable episodes in the book! I would like to give it 4.5 stars. This is a charming story which covers 3 generations. The music box is pivotal in helping each character understand the others, and himself. I will say no more, as I don't want to give away the most enjoyable episodes in the book! I would like to give it 4.5 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Bradley

    I received a copy of this book for free from the author through Goodreads Giveaways for a honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book...pulls you right in from the start and then takes you on a magical journey of reminiscing through one families lives and yes is a tearjerker at times but is worth it...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin Lee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for a fair and honest review. First, there were some things the author did well. The premise of the book was spot-on, and as soon as I realized where he was going with it, I was along for the ride. The musical choices for the soundtrack to Nick’s life were perfect, and I thought it contained thoughtful, impactful, well-rounded choices. Some parts were amusing, such as The Game and the Jerry Lewis and Jerry Lee Lewis bit. Too, I thought the I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for a fair and honest review. First, there were some things the author did well. The premise of the book was spot-on, and as soon as I realized where he was going with it, I was along for the ride. The musical choices for the soundtrack to Nick’s life were perfect, and I thought it contained thoughtful, impactful, well-rounded choices. Some parts were amusing, such as The Game and the Jerry Lewis and Jerry Lee Lewis bit. Too, I thought the author encapsulates perfectly the almost hero-worship children have for their fathers and the end-of-life regrets felt by workaholics. I found Nick to be a bit of a chauvinist, and nowhere near as charming or funny as he believed himself to be. (Unless maybe that was what the author was going for, I’m not sure.) Also, the author’s writing style leaves no surprises that the author is male. (Example: When the author details how Jane Reynolds “as described [by Josh Reynolds] to his son,” he uses the phrase, “And a backside whose superiority was barely concealed by the pair of form fitting tan pants she was wearing.” Whoa—what? First, who describes their mother that way and second, who describes a grandmother that way to their grandchild? It doesn’t ring true. I think the author seems to write “man’s men” well, in a throwback sort of way. I don’t believe he writes women altogether well, unfortunately, and his female characters seem to lack the depth I was seeking. I think the plot was intriguing, and as a Hoosier myself I loved seeing all the Notre Dame references. I just wish the author would have plunged the depths of his characters’ emotions and backstories instead of the cursory look we ultimately got.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    wonderful

  6. 5 out of 5

    Winter Crane

    The Music Box was about family and second chances as it follows the story of Nick and Josh Reynolds, father and son, as the go back in time to when a song was first heard when the music box plays. It was an entertaining read with a sweet life lesson within it. The 'Gems' given throughout the book are humorous with respect, yet true and relate-able. The book teaches the reader family first, last, and in between. While it could have been left at Josh's speech about the 'Gems,' it continued on into The Music Box was about family and second chances as it follows the story of Nick and Josh Reynolds, father and son, as the go back in time to when a song was first heard when the music box plays. It was an entertaining read with a sweet life lesson within it. The 'Gems' given throughout the book are humorous with respect, yet true and relate-able. The book teaches the reader family first, last, and in between. While it could have been left at Josh's speech about the 'Gems,' it continued on into the future with Josh's family and how the music box continues from father to son. I'd personally recommend this to friends and family of ten and up. Its a book with no age restrictions. After reading this novel, I want to read all of Matts books. Micros novel is a heart warming tale with an important outline, different for each person.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Claire Barfell

    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. It is the story of a father who is dying and his son buys him a music box which plays music that brings back memories. He teaches his son 12 life lessons. This book was very touching and the ending brought tears to my eyes. The story just flows along and I really got deeply engrossed in it. I felt like I really knew Josh, Jane and Nick. This was very easy reading and the story just took me away from my every day life. I really enjoyed it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Yanna

    I won this book through goodreads, and I am glad I did, It was a quick read, but a very emotional book, I lost my dad at the beginning of the year, and we to also loved listening to favorite songs, but the songs in the book took it to a whole new level of memories and life lessons that the son will take with him for the rest of his life. I totally recommend this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marizela

    "The Music Box" is a short, simple but very enjoyable book. It won't take you more than a couple of hours to read it but you will learn a lot from it. Very emotional and charming story that will touch your heart for sure. "The Music Box" is a short, simple but very enjoyable book. It won't take you more than a couple of hours to read it but you will learn a lot from it. Very emotional and charming story that will touch your heart for sure.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Luisa

    I won a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a touching story and a quick and enjoyable read. A must read if you are looking for a sweet uplifting story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Colin Sutton

    I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway and found it a good simple enjoyable read with plenty of charm and wit. It is certainly a "feel-good" story. I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway and found it a good simple enjoyable read with plenty of charm and wit. It is certainly a "feel-good" story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shine

    I got this book from Goodreads Giveaway. Its a simple story but you find yourself laughing, smiling, and reaching for tissues till the end.

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