“Then Sings My Soul” by Amy K Sorrells, book review
Nel Stewart returns home following the sudden death of her mother. Although not completely unexpected, as she was in her 80’s, Nel’s mother had not been ill, so the phone call from her father took her by surprise. As she sifts through the memories of returning to her childhood home, she must also deal with her father’s dementia.
This novel switches between the memories of her father in eastern Europe in the early 1900’s and the current times. Nel’s father, Jakob, lived through some very difficult times and because he was a child when he left Europe, some of the memories are shaded by youth.
Jakob’s father had been a stone cutter and jewelry maker for royalty, and he has hoped that this position would save his family. He sent Jakob to America in hopes of saving him and securing a place for the whole family in the future. Jakob passed on his love for the stones to his daughter, Nel.
This is an interesting book with lots of history woven in with more current times and issues. If you are interested in stones or European history, this is a book you will enjoy.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, David C Cook. All opinions expressed are my own.
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David C. Cook (March 1, 2015)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Nel Stewart returns home due to the sudden death of her mother, she realizes her beloved father, Jakob, is struggling with dementia.
With the reappearance of a high-school sweetheart, deliveries from Ukraine addressed to her, and the discovery of a mysterious, vintage aquamarine gemstone, Nel senses God is pulling her into the past to restore their faith and their futures. Told partially through Jakob’s flashbacks of fleeing genocide-ridden eastern Europe at the turn of the twentieth century, the novel combines elements of mystery, history, faith and romance to reveal how God redeems the broken years … and our future.