How Sweet the Sound

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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 thoughts:
I have been involved with the study of David three times. Twice with Kay Arthur as a precept study, and once with Beth Moore's study. Reading this book broke my heart, just as reading the story of Tamar in 2nd Samuel.
This is Amy's debut and it doesn't read like one. Even the character names fit the characters perfectly.
Princella is Anniston's grandmother's name and it fits her to a tee. Comfort who is Anniston's aunt that was raped is hurting, yet through writing poems she is trying to give Anniston comfort.
This is my favorite quote from the book, Jed has been hired to work on the pecan plantation, he and Anniston become friends. He tells Anniston that being a foster kid has "made him realize everybody hurts. And everybody needs a friend. And hurtin' people, they need friends most."
If that isn't the truth. This is a book book with pain, but most of all it shows us the Father's redemption and freedom.
I highly recommend it, and will be looking forward to future books by Amy!


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Thank you so very much for your kind review and for having me and my book on your blog! Choosing the names of characters is one of my favorite parts of writing a novel, so it makes me smile that you like them so. Grace and blessings to you!

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