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Long Way Gone by Charles Martin

martin-charles-long-way-gonePublication Date: 2016

Thomas Nelson, division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc.

Copy from The Fiction Guild  and Thomas Nelson

 

Excerpt:  One of the mysteries of music is that two can achieve together what one never could do alone. The effect is exponential. It’s also the only activity on Planet Earth that can transport those who hear it from place A to place B in about two beats. It can shift a mood from laughter to tears to I-can-conquer-the-world to what-if and hope. It’s the original time machine.”

Cooper O’Connor is the epic prodigal son in this amazing novel that loosely retells the parable. Taking many things that did not belong to him, he heads out to Nashville to make it big in the music business. Along the way, life interferes.  

The story unfolds as Cooper meets Daley Cross, a rising young star while he is working at the Ryman Auditorium one night. The two have an immediate connection, both musically and emotionally. However, Cooper runs into an obstacle that is tougher than he ever imagined and willing to do about anything to get what he wants.  

Fast forward twenty years, fate steps in and brings Daley Cross back into Cooper’s life. Much has changed for both of them in the past twenty years and not much turned out the way they imagined.  This story is filled with emotion, pain, and faith unlike any book I have read in a long while.

 I very much enjoyed the haunting emotional story and language. I did not want to put this book down and I certainly did not want it to end. The novel has a great deal of faith, some romance, and mindfulness about gratitude. This is definitely not a light read, but a story that will stay with you long after you turn the last page!

This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson and HarperCollins Christian Fiction and The Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

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A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

Publication Date: February 2017

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

 

“But you must trust that the Lord has your best at the center of his Heart, and whatever His plans are for your life, for this talent He’s given you, He will bring them to fruition in time.”

                                                            -Adelicia Acklen Cheatham

Once again I feel as though I stepped back in time to the genteel world of Nashville, Tennessee at a time following the Civil War when people were beginning to rebuild their lives. Tamera Alexander writes in such a way that as soon as you read those opening lines you are transported into her character’s world. I hear soft southern drawls and hear the gentle swish of petticoats and skirts stepping into the drawing room.

Rebekah Carrington, a beautiful young woman in her twenties, returns home to Nashville after years of studying music in Vienna, Austria only to find that her home is not a safe haven or even a comfortable place to live. Challenged by a time period when women were not allowed to play an instrument in the orchestra, Rebekah initially chafes at the constrictions placed on her by society as she struggles to find a job and a place to live. Maestro Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb, the handsome young conductor of the Nashville Philharmonic, steps into Rebekah’s life. Although the conductor might be forward thinking himself, his benefactors would never stand for a woman in their orchestra.

Once again Adelicia Cheatham, one of the richest women in America at the time, comes to the aid of a struggling young woman and employs Rebekah as a tutor to her daughter and an assistant to Tate Whitcomb to aid in his music transcription and composition. Tate and Rebekah battle against time, health, and struggling musicians to turn out a symphony worthy of the grand opening of the Nashville Opera House in a few months time.

Rich in historic detail regarding music and the time period, the city of Nashville, and architecture, readers of historical fiction and will truly enjoy this novel. Morals and integrity shine throughout the story which also leaves the reader with a comforting sense of inspiration and faith.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 

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A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander

A Beauty So Rare

 

Publication Date: March 2014

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

 

“Everything comes with a cost, Eleanor. Don’t let anyone ever tell you differently.”

                                                                                -Adelicia Acklen Cheatham

In A Beauty So Rare, Eleanor Braddock, a plain, looking young woman about to turn 30, is forced to drop her father off at an insane asylum in Nashville after he cannot recover from the loss of his son during the Civil War. She struggles with her guilt at leaving him at the asylum, but she can no longer care for him. Eleanor is forced to live on the charity of her Aunt Adelicia Cheatham, one of the richest women in America.

As a result of Eleanor’s nursing career during the war, she carries an old handkerchief around with her at all times. She quietly makes a quest to find the soldier’s wife that embroidered the handkerchief for him prior to his death during the war. His last words left Eleanor with a hope that her life was not without purpose and the possibility of love.

Eleanor begins her life in Nashville with her aunt by trying to find funding to open a restaurant and share her passion for cooking. However, having the richest aunt in the city does not necessarily mean funding is available when the aunt disapproves of the venture.

During Eleanor’s stay with her aunt, she meets Marcus Geoffrey, a stunning man similar in age, who Eleanor mistakes for an under gardener. Eventually Marcus dispels her false impression that he is the under gardener and admits to being an architect and builder, who has a passion for plants and agriculture. There is more to Marcus then meets the eye and his details unfold throughout the course of the story.

The historical information is rich all through the novel. Details regarding mental health care, homeless women and children, agriculture, the House of Habsburg, and architecture following the Civil War are abundant in this novel. The story is set at the Belmont Mansion, an actual historic manor located in Nashville, Tennessee and built by Adelicia Cheatham and her second husband, Joseph Acklen.

The characters are well developed and show growth through the entire novel. They have depth of character, morals, and integrity.

I very much enjoyed this book. I have read many of Tamera Alexander’s books, and she always displays a warm sense of faith and inspiration. I believe both readers of historical fiction and readers of Christian inspirational works will enjoy this novel. Just a terrific narrative that pulls the reader into the drama, romance, and everyday life and struggles of the characters!

This ARC copy of A Beauty So Rare was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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