1963: Twenty-year-old Annie dreams of managing the dance studio where she has trained since childhood and of marrying her high-society boyfriend. But when her younger sister with special needs gets pregnant, Annie is forced to set her dreams aside for the sake of family.
Present Day: Missy Robbins has always lived in her younger sister's shadow. When given the opportunity, Missy steps out of her comfort zone as stay-at-home mom of four to prove she's as good a singer as Erica. Missy's new pursuit puts her on a path to self-discovery and reclaiming her discarded faith. Until she discovers her grandmother has a sixty-year-old secret.
Will Missy conceal Grandma Annie's deception or will she be forced to reveal the hidden truth?
This is such a touching book! Songs for a Sunday shares the lives of two women, generations apart, who've known the joys of family love but also experienced many troubles and heartache. Annie's story is set in 1963, and her granddaughter Melissa's is present-day; both Annie and Melissa have sisters but oh, what a difference in the two sibling relationships. Annie's sacrificial love for her special needs sister is in stark contrast to the jealousy that exists between Melissa and Erica, but author Heather Norman Smith helps us understand the reasons for the differences. I especially love Annie's unselfish spirit, the decisions that she makes, and their impact on future generations. Melissa's spiritual growth is directly affected by her grandmother's Christian witness!
Smith kept me fully engaged in this tale of sacrifices, forgiveness, and redemption. I was reminded that God is always there, His plan is always best, and He never fails us. There's also a subtle suggestion that some secrets are best kept hidden. I loved Songs for a Sunday and I dare you to read it without a box of tissues nearby!
I was provided a digital copy of this book. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heather Norman Smith is a Christian fiction and devotional author. Her goal is to use the written word to entertain and encourage while illuminating the redemptive love of God. She also enjoys singing about Jesus. Heather is a proud life-long North Carolinian and aims to present the beauty of the Tar Heel State in her fiction. Her home is just outside Winston-Salem, N.C., where she lives with her husband and their four children, and several pets.
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