"How Sweet the Sound is a book about the worst things in the world, written in the best way possible."
That's what I told my friend the night she asked me what I was reading.
I can't summarize the plot- that would ruin the twists and turns that come with souls being revealed.
I can't quote enough passages to show you the full power of the writing- you need to absorb it for yourself.
(The way Amy Sorrells writes, it doesn't feel like this story is just being told, it feels like it's being unfolded in front of you, word by word.)
Starting on Thanksgiving Day 1979 and stretching almost two years, this is Anni and Comfort's story.
Anniston is a Harlan family granddaughter, Comfort is her aunt. Being a Harlan means having a legacy: of hard-earned money, pristine reputations, and a lovely pecan plantation. That's how it looks to the outside. On the inside, it's a legacy of parental disconnection, bitterness, spirit-shattering child abuse, and shame held close to the chest.
That world, as the Harlan's knew it, is about to fall apart, and Anni and Comfort will need their Abba Father to knit the fractured, crushed pieces together into a pattern of healing.
Amy Sorrells has taken the Biblical story of Tamar and given it new life.
As she said, she's not satisfied with the ending of Tamar's story, and we shouldn't be either. The idea of Tamar spending the rest of her days as a silent, abandoned woman is not good enough. That's why she dedicated this book to the silent ones, the one's who've yet to recover their voices.
You will probably have to set this book down from time to time, squeeze it in your hand, and pray that the Light that Amy shines into this story would pour clearly into every darkness. You'll have to pause, and reread sentences that make you feel the weather and smell the air and taste the food.
You'll long for Comfort to see herself as her God and her beloved Solly see her. You'll want Anni to have a chance to make a true friend.
May every Comfort/Tamar find real hope and believe the truth about herself, and may every Anni receive the wise guidance that she needs to find her special place in the world.
Last thought... I did *love* Ernestine as a character. She's the kind of lady I want to grown up and be. Intelligent, calm, wise, and ready to reach out her hands and do for those she loves.
Thank you David C Cook for my review copy.
An Indianapolis native and graduate of DePauw University, Amy lives with her husband, three boys and a gaggle of golden retrievers in central Indiana. After writing and editing for her college newspaper, she combined a nursing degree with journalism and creative writing, which led to publishing and editing a wide array of medical and nursing writing and multimedia projects over the past 21 years, a position as director of communications of her church’s children’s ministry, as well as a weekly column for a local newspaper which ran from 2009-2012. She has been a two-time semi-finalist for the ACFW Genesis awards, and was the winner of the 2011 Women of Faith writing contest.
When she’s not reading or writing, Amy loves spending time with her three sons; spicy lunches and art gallery walks with her husband; digging in her garden sans gloves; walking her dogs; up-cycling old furniture and junk; photography; and friends.