Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Return of the Song by Phyllis Clark Nichols, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! This post does contain affiliate links.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Return of the Song
Series: The Rockwater Suite #1
Author: Phyllis Clark Nichols
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
When Caroline lost her love, she lost the music too.
Caroline Carlyle’s dreams were crushed when her fiancé died six weeks before their wedding. For years she wrestled with aching loss and shattered faith, struggling to find the inspiration that once came so easily. Abandoning her half-finished piano compositions, Caroline trades her old ambitions for the comfort and familiarity of life as the town’s piano teacher.
But Caroline’s world turns upside down when a mysterious stranger enters her life. Filled with courage and fresh purpose, Caroline embarks on a quest to track down the beloved, rare piano she played as a child. Her search leads her to Rockwater, the Kentucky estate of a wealthy gentleman, where Caroline finds her heart may be composing a surprising new song.
If you enjoy music and a hint of romance along the road of recovery from loss, Return of the Song is for you. Phyllis Clark Nichols starts with a tragedy and moves toward recovery. While probably not the best book for someone when the tragedy in their life is fresh, I wouldn’t hesitate recommending it to a book who needs to regain the hope in their life after a loss, especially when there has been a passage of time.
Nichols researched the topic of music savants and has done her best to present the information with integrity. There is a lot of detail in the story, but it seemed to me that every detail was important to the story.
The book is a longer one with almost 400 pages, giving the reader plenty of time to develop a relationship with the characters. You will hurt with the characters when they hurt – this book is not free from tragedy. The main female characters each suffer a tragedy of some sort in the book, whether it is a loss of a love or a health crisis or even an abusive husband – and they all are overcoming their tragedies by the end of the book. You will also rejoice when the end of the suffering appears to be in sight. You will struggle with Caroline as she struggles to make decisions effecting her future. You may even question the wisdom in traveling to spend a week at the home of a man she doesn’t know, just so she can play “her” piano again. There is never even a hint of an improper relationship between the two which I greatly appreciate.
Possible Area of Concern: There are several instances when the main characters of the book drink peach brandy – “At our age, every day is a special occasion…”
I look forward to reading the sequel Freedom of the Song due out in 2019.
I want to thank JustRead Tours, Gilead Publishing, and Phylllis Clark Nichols for the copy of the book in exchange for this honest review. The book will now be placed in the Christian school library where I serve as librarian.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phyllis Clark Nichols’s character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.
Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane, she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and cofounder of a national cable network with health- and disability-related programming. Regardless of the role she’s playing, Phyllis brings creativity and compelling storytelling.
She frequently appears at conventions, conferences, civic groups, and churches, performing half-hour musical monologues that express her faith, joy, and thoughts about life—all with the homespun humor and gentility of a true Southern woman.
Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.
(1) winner will receive (US only)
- a print copy of Christmas at Grey Sage
- a print copy of Return of the Song
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 12, 2018 and last through 11:59pm November 19, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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