Friday, July 23, 2021

Lavender Tears by Sondra Cunningham Review and Giveaway

Lavender Tears JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Lavender Tears by Sondra Cunningham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Lavender Tears

Title: Lavender Tears
Author: Sondra Cunningham
Release Date: March 12, 2021
Genre: Christian Historical Biblical Women's Fiction

The strength to rise again and again is not for the faint of heart.

Like each new sunrise, Mary of Bethany's journey required an inner strength and faith that would permeate through the darkness of life's unexpected tragedies. 

When her hopes and dreams came crashing down around her, Mary's life began to spin, seemingly, out of control. What she couldn't see, was that God, the faithful potter, was shaping her life into a valuable vessel. One mended and filled with the pure gold of the Father's love and destined for a unique purpose. 

Held together by the sweet and calming scent of lavender and the memories of her mother's garden, Mary journeys on, learning how to defeat the night and radiate like the noon day sun.

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Sondra Cunningham

Sondra Cunningham is a wife, mother, worship leader, women’s minister, artist, dreamer, interpreter, and the writer of the new novel, “Lavender Tears.” Her words are eloquently written with sincere pathos and personal understanding of life’s hardships. Sondra’s desire is to use her voice in both song and written word, to sing healing over others and inspire the fallen to get back up. Through many difficulties within her years, Sondra has learned the precious truth of overcoming. Her ministry radiates hope for all those who have struggled to truly receive the love of God and find the confidence to leave the past behind. Sondra lives and works out of her home in upstate New York with her family. She spends her time passionately seeking Jesus, homeschooling her two children, leading worship, biblically interpreting dreams, painting, and writing.

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My Thoughts

What I liked about the book …

The characterization and fictionalized story the author created of Mary, Martha, Lazarus, and Jesus. 

The emotional highs and lows that Ms. Cunningham put Mary through. It gave connection to the little that is known about Mary. Especially having Mary go through the trauma of rejection, barrenness, and loss are things all of us women deal with and it made her real.

I loved the addition of Mary and her mother being gardeners of lavender. 

What I didn’t like about the book …

When the author had the opportunity to tie things directly to the Bible she missed it by having things chronologically out of order. I also didn't like how the Lord's Prayer was changed toward the end of the book.

I love reading biblical fiction and have read a lot of it. What I enjoy besides the story is that it draws me back to the Bible to read the story again. This book definitely drew me to the Bible and a few commentaries.

Even with the things I didn't like about it the book was a page turner and I wanted to know more about Mary.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


(1) winners will receive a hardcover copy of Lavender Tears, Target gift card for $10, a digital copy of the Lavender Tears Devotional, and a lavender sachet!

Lavender Tears JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight July 19, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 26, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print copy US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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JustRead Tours said...

Thank you for sharing!

Shelly Peterson said...

I love the cover.

slehan said...

Looks like an interesting book. Love the lavender cover.
Thanks for the contest. 

megana said...

I hope I love the story as much as the cover!

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