Song of Sugar Sands (Sugar Sands Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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It's so much more than romance; it's a real life story. Believable. Beautiful!--Electively Paige
Compelling, complex, purposeful, extraordinarily and deeply touching. This novel is very well written with profound depth and breadth--CarpeDiem Reviews
How do I start this review without crying? I have been shedding tears hours after finishing a story that reached deep into my soul. The author is incredible at sharing a story that spans a period of a young couple as they graduate college and marry--Texas Book-aholic Reviews
The book really is about ...finding the place you belong in life. The characters and the writing style ... really make the book an easy read. FANTASTIC BOOK!--Happily Managing a Houseful of Boys Blogger
From the Author
SONG OF SUGAR SANDS is a novel about--in the words of William Faulkner--the human heart in conflict with itself. Who hasn't, at least occasionally, struggled with doubts about her faith in God or about God's personal interest in her life? Also, relationships are difficult at their best, but particularly so when the individuals have differing views on faith. Still, there is hope. Song of Sugar Sands tells the journey of Acadia's relationship with Peter and of her path toward deeper faith.
- ASIN : B07WPFJMX2
- Publisher : Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. (August 22, 2019)
- Publication date : August 22, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2231 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #556,192 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am a die-hard, never give up on a book, but I kept asking myself all the way through if I had it in me to finish. It's well written, and a good story (many will think so), hence the 4 stars, but I, personally, was just not into it. I'm very spiritual, but not religious, so much of it just never connected with me, and of course, I never did get my love story -- yes, there is a romantic relationship but even horror stories can have that.
If you're looking for a self-reflective journey to help you with your own in this life, this book may be for you. I think many readers will find good in the journey of Cadi that will resonate with themselves. For me, I could barely force myself to get through it as I don't need the uplifting, very religious message.
Acadia seems in turmoil through most of the story. I began to think of her as “Doubting Thomas.” She wasn’t very encouraging to Peter as he begins his journey as a new pastor of a church. I did understand how Acadia felt she was never good enough for her parents and that did cause problems throughout the story. In her heart she wanted to believe that God loved her, but something was holding her back. I realized she was dealing with guilt from her past and insecurity that made her run every time there was a crisis. Not wanting to face her own problems only distanced herself further from her husband and God.
Peter was easy to like with his compassion for others. He is very patient with Acadia and wants to show her how much she is loved by many. Peter does have his own hurdles to face as members of the church don’t support the changes he wants to make. Oh how I wanted to tell some of those people to stop being so judgmental and set in their ways. The author does a great job of letting us see how being a pastor is difficult at times. His personal life is starting to make him lose focus. Can his marriage be restored?
There are two very special secondary characters in the story that for me were the highlight of the entire book. They each had very tough issues they were facing and through them we witness forgiveness, unconditional love and trusting God. I wanted to hug them both and tell them that they made a difference in many people’s lives.The author tackles some tough issues with grace and honesty. I loved how we witness what it is like to reach out to others in their darkest moments and show them they are accepted and loved.
I wonder what it would be like if we all did what Jesus called us to do? He wants us love, accept and support each other. We don’t need to point out sin, but instead show love to one another. Many of us have struggled with our faith and at times are ashamed to talk to God. There are days that I question why God allows things that hurt to happen. I cry over the people I have seen lose their battle with cancer and get angry. Then I read a book like this and know that God never gives us more than we can handle. He puts people in our lives for a reason and He always is there waiting for us to embrace Him. We are forgiven and can find unconditional love when we surrender all to Him.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
This book tells the story of Acadia, who was a minor character in the first book. Acadia's story starts when she's in college, in the 1970s, and then takes the reader through getting married to Peter and what follows.
Acadia meets Peter in the latter part of her college years, and he is studying for a career as a preacher. Acadia pushes him away time and time again, as she doesn't feel worthy of someone like Peter. She hints throughout the book about her past, and the things she'd done that would change Peter's opinion of her. And she's never been a devoutly religious person, so she is often uncomfortable with the fact that Peter is the complete opposite.
When they get married, Peter is offered a job to be the preacher at a small church in Sugar Sands, Alabama, which is on the Gulf Coast. Once there, Acadia gets a job as a high school teacher, so she and Peter become wrapped up in their jobs almost immediately.
When I read the first novel in this series, I knew Jeter was a Christian author, and I appreciated how she didn't always tie things up in a pretty bow...she was honest and real. This book is no exception. In fact, this book tackles even more topics that would spark religious debate, and I love that about Jeter.
What I loved about this book is that Jeter did a wonderful job in bringing more characters to the forefront more often. Not only did I really get to know Acadia (who I absolutely adored, and I really want to be her friend), but I felt like I knew exactly who Peter was right away. And then there are Beatrice and Sybil, people who become very dear to Acadia once she moves to Sugar Sands...their stories made me tear up so many times! As with Jeter's first novel in this series, you don't get Acadia's full story until close to the end, but when you do...man! That's when I really cried.
Jeter has a way with weaving in her Christian views while tackling some pretty big topics, and she's never overbearing. She doesn't make the reader think they're "bad" if they don't feel the same way. That makes me really look forward to reading more of her work.