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How Sweet the Sound: A Novel Paperback – March 1, 2014
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It is a coming of age story set in 1970-1981 with the primary voice being Anniston, a 13 year, who like many of us at that age, struggles with finding friends and fitting in. She is an observer of life, of how her family has secrets, and how there are others who also carry great burdens with them. Hope comes with discovery of how one can be healed and how what happens to a person does not have to define who they are. A second voice, Comfort, who is Anniston's aunt, leads the reader into the mind of one who has been traumatized and subsequently becomes more and more depressed.
If this sounds like a dark novel filled with despair and no redeeming qualities, then you would be mistaken. Threaded throughout are inspirational words from various characters and conversations with God that serve as the lifelines that sustain those who are suffering. For those who are not used to reading a book from a Christian publisher, this will not be an "in your face" preachy type of story but one where inspiration is so appropriate and needed.
I have never had a book where not only was I pulled into the story but read slowly to absorb and languish in the language. There is music from the time period, journeys, family secrets let loose from Pandora's box, suffering, depression, redemption, and healing. If this is the example of a debut book from Amy Sorrells, I can't wait for her second book next year. This is a definite must read and if Oprah still had her book club, I would put this forward as a candidate.
Carol Lee Cherry
Thank you Ms Sorrelis. Our trials might be different from Comforts trials, but still they are trials.. that can lead you to a very dark place where only the victorious light of "Abba" can penatrate. Because of his all knowing, ugly family secrets and shame can't hold us captured less we want it too. Discover while reading this book of self enlightment, that others too suffer from the results of past ugliness rendering them mean n unforgiving or living behind a fake facade of high and mighty beauty. The sound of sweetness will depend on whose hand you choose to hold. A Great Read!!!
The short chapters makes it easy to pick up and read, but I honestly had a difficult time putting it down. Each chapter begins with a sentimental quote providing a tasty morsel to launch into each section.
The characters are well-developed and believable. My heart will be forever moved by Anniston, Comfort, Jed, Sonny, and Ernestine. Sorrells portrays a realistic Southern setting in the lovely pecan plantation of the Harlan family.
A remarkable first work by a true artisan of words, emotions, and poetry...
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Wanted to know if Anni and Jed reconnected.