I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
Welcome to the Blog Tour for Songs for a Sunday by Heather Norman Smith, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
About the Book
Title: Songs for a Sunday Author: Heather Norman Smith Publisher: Iron Stream Fiction Release Date: February 7, 2023 Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction/Southern Fiction/Split Time
Two sets of sisters, generations apart–can one big sister’s sacrifice teach the other about love and forgiveness?1963: Twenty-year-old Annie dreams of managing the dance studio where she has trained since childhood and of marrying her high-society boyfriend. But when her younger sister with special needs gets pregnant, Annie is forced to set her dreams aside for the sake of family. Present Day: Missy Robbins has always lived in her younger sister’s shadow. When given the opportunity, Missy steps out of her comfort zone as stay-at-home mom of four to prove she’s as good a singer as Erica. Missy’s new pursuit puts her on a path to self-discovery and reclaiming her discarded faith. Until she discovers her grandmother has a sixty-year-old secret.
Will Missy conceal Grandma Annie’s deception or will she be forced to reveal the hidden truth?PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound | Christianbook | BookBub
My Review and Thoughts
This book had my attention from the moment I started reading. I love that it is set in two different times. It follows sisters Annie and Rose Claire in the mid 1960’s and Missy and Erica in present day. But these are not just random sisters, Annie is the grandmother of Missy and Erica, so you will get to follow the family life unfold. In my opinion this also makes the book an absolute page turner, I would often find it difficult to stop reading because I needed to see how a situation or event turned out.
Annie thought she had her life all planned out until she needed to put her own dreams aside to help her sister Rose Claire. During this time her life turned what seemed to her upside down, her career dream was lost and the man she planned to marry walked away from her. But even in these troubling times God found a way to show her He had a plan for her life.
Missy is a stay at home mom of four, who had her first child at 17. She felt abandoned by friends and those in her church. Over the course of her adulthood, she distanced herself from the church and watched her younger sister succeed in a singing career. Until one day a door opens for Missy, one at first she was not able to see as blessing but just another thing for her to take care of while her sister lives her dream. Within this story is a family secret that one day Missy finds out. She struggles with keeping the secret hidden and telling.
I absolutely enjoyed this book! Heather Norman Smith wrote a beautiful book about the bond between sisters and family. She makes is easy for you to feel the emotion of the characters and care about them. I would recommend this book to put on a to read list!
About the Author
Heather Norman Smith is a Christian fiction and devotions author. Her goal is to use the written word to entertain and encourage while illuminating the redemptive love of God. She also enjoys singing about Jesus. Heather is a proud life-long North Carolinian and aims to present the beauty of the Tar Heel State in her fiction. Her home is just outside Winston-Salem, N.C., where she lives with her husband and their four children, and several pets.
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(1) winner will receive a signed copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card!
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