Howdy y’all! Before we dive into this month’s review post, I wanted to share a bit of backstory. For years now, I’ve posted and shared my reviews on my bookish-things only blog SilverWoodSketches. Until Google decided to drop the + and half the features on my Blogger blog stopped working. I’ve since retired the extra blog, stopped taking on so many tours, and am refocusing my efforts here instead. While last year I wanted to reconnect with the current Indie world and meet new authors, this year I’m reading more for me. It’s given me the chance to really enjoy stories like Sing a New Song. Before I share my thoughts on this inspirational fic, a little info about the book and lovely author, Candee Flick.
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The pampered diva is about to meet her match
Songbird Gloria Houghton has always needed to be the center of attention, but the spotlight has shifted. Seeking fame and a fresh start, she finds a new stage in Branson, Missouri…only to risk being replaced by a manipulative rival. If Gloria can’t be the star, who is she?
Jack-of-all-trades Nick Sherwood is just one leaf on a vast family tree that includes a restaurant chef, hotel owners, and even the headline act at a family-owned theater. He’s seen how fame can blind a person with jealousy and is more than content to stay in the background thank you very much. If only he wasn’t so fascinated–and irritated–by the newest addition to the staff.
After a disaster of a first impression and financial difficulties land Gloria in the humblest of jobs—with Nick as her boss—it might be time for her to learn to sing a new song.
5 of 5 Stars
The cover art for Sing a New Song fits perfectly within the genre. You can bet you’re about to dive into a clean romance when the couple is fully clothed. I say this in perfect seriousness, and anyone who has read contemporary adult romance alongside inspirational romance will know exactly what I’m talking about. Which is to say, the cover art, much like the story within were a breath of fresh air to me. The title was the biggest giveaway to the genre. The phrase is part of a familiar praise song, as well as being symbolic of Gloria’s journey.
Sing a New Song begins on the stage, as musical actress Gloria Houghton (and doesn’t that name sound haughty) is struggling to keep her best smile pasted on. While she dances and dazzles the crowd beneath the lights, her career seems to be falling apart at the seams. A recent leg injury has stolen her chances for the lead role in the musical. Her cast members have turned on her and it’s quite clear she needs a literal change of scenery. She longs to be the big fish in the big pond but acknowledges she needs something midway to get back on her dancing feet first. And while her castmates try to encourage her to look beyond the stage to what really matters, Gloria has already mentally moved on to the touristy city of Branson.
Branson, the main setting for our story, is as dazzling as Vegas, but catering to a wholesome Midwest mentality Gloria can’t help finding refreshing. Still, she’s determined to put forward her best professional image. It all seems to be working out perfectly until she falls on her face in front of the janitor. Chapter by chapter, piece by piece, Gloria’s perfectly put-together mask is stripped away. As she loses her billionaire father’s financial support, she’s forced to humble herself and work for the hotel she’s been performing at. And the janitor she had mocked and looked down upon gradually becomes her first true friend. Nick isn’t like the guys she’s used to dating, and as he continues to help her find her way both professionally and spiritually, Gloria wishes to be part of his world.
This could have easily been a by-the-number clean romance story, but for several other factors. First, Gloria begins this book as a totally unlikeable heroine. The fun part is she doesn’t realize she’s the “villain” until she meets a castmate who acts exactly as she once did. As details about Gloria’s past and non-existent family life come to light, her motivations to always stay in the limelight become clear. As Gloria gets to know Nick and his family better, she’s shown a different way to live and view the world. To not look at life as a competition but use her talents as an expression of joy. Without Nick’s guidance and his grandmother’s influence, she might have missed that joy. Instead, Gloria embraces it, learns to forgive and to reach for more beyond herself.
Not every book makes it onto my five-star radar, but occasionally I read something that truly makes me think alongside the hero. Flick has done an amazing job of carrying the reader on Gloria’s journey in a way that makes it personal. A tenderly crafted story about the real magic behind the lights, about what is true instead of what we pretend to be, Sing a New Song is a story that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
**I was provided with a copy of Sing a New Song by the author and this is my voluntary and honest review.**
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About the Author
Candee Fick is a multipublished, award-winning author. She is also the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy writing, editing, or coaching other authors, she can be found cheering on the home team at sporting events, exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.
In addition to writing clean faith-based romance novels and inspirational non-fiction, Candee coaches other authors with their marketing plans and offers content editing to aspiring novelists. She is a member of both American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network. Her fiction has semi-finaled, finaled, and won the ACFW Genesis Contest and Selah Awards.
– One 1st prize winner will receive: the complete set of The Wardrobe Series (ebook only if international winner, otherwise print copies) plus a $25 Amazon gift card
– One 2nd prize winner will receive: Copy of Sing a New Song (ebook only if international winner, US winner can choose ebook or print) plus a $10 Amazon gift card
– Ends May 15, 2019