How Sweet the SoundAmy K. Sorrells
The Harlans appear to be the perfect Southern family. Wealth and fame help to preserve their sparkling image, but dysfunction and secrets lurk beneath the surface. The town is rattled by the news-- a rape followed by the murder of two Harlans. The devastation brings thre... Read More
The town is rattled by the news-- a rape followed by the murder of two Harlans. The devastation brings three generations of the Harlans together on their pecan plantation in Bay Spring, Alabama. Grieving and lonely, thirteen-year-old Anniston Harlan is crippled by the news. She hides her heart, in fear of more anguish. But will she hide her heart from true love?
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. Despite the pitfalls of sin and pain, our heavenly Father covers us with His mercy and grace.
Page Count: 360
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Feb 10, 2014
- UPC: 9781434705440
- Volumes/Discs: 0
- Pages: 0
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC019000"
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- Dysfunctional Family by Sally on 3/11/2014
Talk about a dysfunctional family! The Harlan clan defines the word. This is a dark tale of rape and incest--the opposite of a fluffy read. Based on the biblical story of Tamar who was raped and told to keep it quiet, one of the characters suffers years of abuse while heads are turned away. With no one to comfort her, she thinks less and less of herself.
Chapters are written in first-person with the voices of two characters: Anniston (Anni) and Comfort. By writing with this two-narrator structure, the author allows the reader to see the story from two perspectives. I liked this and thought it helped me dig into the "meat" of the novel. I felt closely to both characters.
Discussion questions are included along with several Southern recipes. It might be a good choice for a book club to read, followed by a supper using the recipes found at the book's end.
Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and David C. Cook for my copy.