Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CFBA Review: How Sweet The Sound by:Amy Sorrells

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
How Sweet the Sound
David C. Cook (March 1, 2014)
Amy K. Sorrells


An Indianapolis native and graduate of DePauw University, Amy lives with her husband, three boys and a gaggle of golden retrievers in central Indiana. After writing and editing for her college newspaper, she combined a nursing degree with journalism and creative writing, which led to publishing and editing a wide array of medical and nursing writing and multimedia projects over the past 21 years, a position as director of communications of her church’s children’s ministry, as well as a weekly column for a local newspaper which ran from 2009-2012. She has been a two-time semi-finalist for the ACFW Genesis awards, and was the winner of the 2011 Women of Faith writing contest.

When she’s not reading or writing, Amy loves spending time with her three sons; spicy lunches and art gallery walks with her husband; digging in her garden sans gloves; walking her dogs; up-cycling old furniture and junk; photography; and friends.


From a distance, the Harlans appear to be the perfect Southern family. Wealth and local fame mask the drama and dysfunction swirling through their family line. But as the summer heats up, a flood tide of long hidden secrets surface.

Devastation from a rape followed by the murder of two family members brings three generations of the Harlans together on their pecan plantation in Bay Spring, Alabama. Chief among them is Anniston, who by the time she turned thirteen thought she’d seen it all. But as her heart awakens to the possibility of love, she begins to deal with her loneliness and grief.

This tender coming-of-age tale, inspired by the story of Tamar in 2 Samuel 13, shows how true healing and hope comes only from God. Though our earthly family can wound and disappoint, our heavenly Father brings freedom to those long held captive through His mercy and grace.

If you would like to read the first chapter of How Sweet the Sound, go HERE.

My Review:
 I loved this novel for many reasons, one being the authors play on words was nothing short of amazing. She did an excellent job of of putting into words and creating some amazing characters. Amy Sorrells was able to perfectly create these Alabama men and women to what they actually were like during that time. I am a native Alabamian and have lived here all of my life and even grew up in 1979 and the author coined it to a "T".

 Anniston Harlan, is a young girl growing up in rural Alabama. Her family is known in town for the pecan orchards there, but her heart is darkened one day after the result of a terrible altercation between her father, Rey and her Uncle Cole. Anniston seems to start seeing things and people, even situations differently, the death of someone close to you tends to do that sometimes.

 After the author introduces you to everyone and fills us in on the family dynamics, the story shifts to a perspective between Comfort and Anniston. I love how the author intertwines the story amongst these two young women. It is a story that comes alive and is so true to life in those days. It was a great story line! And she has even included some great goodies in the back of the book. Looking forward to more from Amy Sorrells!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.