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Amy K. Sorrells’ How Sweet the Sound


A Southern Novel of Second Chances
From a distance, the Harlans appear to be the perfect Southern family. Wealth and local fame mask the drama and dysfunction swirling through their family line. But as the summer heats up, a flood tide of long hidden secrets surface.
Devastation from a rape followed by the murder of two family members brings three generations of the Harlans together on their pecan plantation in Bay Spring, Alabama. Chief among them is Anniston, who by the time she turned thirteen thought she’d seen it all. But as her heart awakens to the possibility of love, she begins to deal with her loneliness and grief.
This tender coming-of-age tale, inspired by the story of Tamar in 2 Samuel 13, shows how true healing and hope comes only from God. Though our earthly family can wound and disappoint, our heavenly Father brings freedom to those long held captive through His mercy and grace.


There is something about reading about the south through the eyes of someone who is coming of age that can be done so beautifully and this book is no exception. This book is a bit out of the ordinary with what I read, but the writing is addictive and manages to really pull you in. I found myself very much invested in the characters. The Biblical story of Tamar is really a very tragic story and let me tell you, it’s tragic in this story to, but it ends with such hope that I know if you pick this book up, you will enjoy it. 

There are two narrators in this book: Anniston, the young girl who is growing up amidst all of these family secrets and Comfort (who is like Tamar) who has lived them. 

What I liked:

Anniston is a great narrator. Her voice manages to stay the same throughout the book, even as she gets older. I love the way she thinks, acts, and responds to the situations around her. I especially like her with Jed. Though they are young, you can begin to see the depth of their relationship. And Jed is such a sweetheart. He has issues of his own, but he always manages to be there for Anniston (and vice versa).

Comfort is a woman who is going through and I love how the author does not sugarcoat it. There are days where Comfort’s faith is strong and there are days when her faith is weak, but I love the journey the author takes you on that shows why she chooses to move on beyond her circumstances and not stay the victim. And Solly? He’s such a good man. 

Spiritually, I loved the use of Jacob’s Ladder and that God comes to us when we’re most alone and have nothing; that His angels are always tending to us, taking our pain up to Heaven and bring down peace for our hearts. This was just shown so beautifully. There is also the theme of not letting your past impact your future because if you don’t come to terms with your past it may destroy you.

What I didn’t like:

Jed and Anniston were just getting good when the book ended. I so want a book with them grown up. Please?

Romantic Scale: 8 

** I received this book from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**

5 thoughts on “Amy K. Sorrells’ How Sweet the Sound

  1. Thank you so much for this kind and beautiful review if my novel! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. And I love the themes and scenes you chose to talk about here–especially the parts about Jacob’s Ladder. Blessings to you!

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