Jun 2, 2010

Sing by Lisa T. Bergren

How much are your dreams worth? Can wealth and fame satisfy your heart as deeply as family and faith? Award-winning author Lisa Bergren’s latest novel, Sing, explores the lives of two prodigals who must decide if they are willing to pay the price their dreams demand. Moira and Nic St. Clair have both defied their father’s desires for them and instead travel to the edge of their dreams and find themselves standing upon the precipice of decisions that will alter their lives forever.

Bergren first introduced the St. Clair family in the novel Breathe. Maintaining her strong and well-researched story line in Sing, she immediately transports readers to the end of the 19th century and weaves the plot amid scenes from Europe, Brazil and Colorado. Moira St. Clair takes center stage in this dramatic saga, as the reader follows her on a treacherous journey across the Atlantic into a lifestyle that proves to be even riskier and more daring than her life upon the stage of the European opera. Believing the promise that she could become “the perfect specimen of modern womanhood,” Moira travels farther and farther away from her family’s heritage of faith. When she encounters a deadly nemesis from her past, she must quickly decide what she values most in her life, before it’s too late.

Bergren takes the reader on a suspense-filled and arduous spiritual journey as she weaves the lives of the three St. Clair children into an unforgettable prodigal story. Her award-winning prose is a strong voice showcasing God’s mercy and grace in the lives of defiant believers, and her characters and their trials will be remembered long after the final pages. Sing is a brilliant addition to Bergren’s Homeward Trilogy, and fans will be eager to learn what comes next in the lives of the St. Clair family.

MY REVIEW

This is a story that centers on three siblings who are each living on separate continents, and each with a unique dream for their future.

Odessa has overcome the odds after serious health problems, and she is married and living out her dream on a beautiful ranch in Colorado. After a devastating year due to bad weather, Odessa and her husband must face some tough decisions about their future on the ranch.

Moira has been living a pampered life as the star of an opera house in Paris, but her world crashes down around her. She has very limited options available, and soon finds herself trapped in a lifestyle that she never dreamed of.

Nic has been making a living by working the boxing rings in South America, but he ends up shanghaied onboard a merchant ship. He is forced to work to satisfy a disgruntled sea captain who lost money that he gambled on a fight that he believes Nic should have won. Nic then becomes shipwrecked, penniless and even more desperate, and he has to make some pretty tough choices.

All three siblings received their family inheritance and each has lost their fortune, but in totally different ways. Their family ties and Christian roots influence their decisions to finally make their way back home to each other. The choices they each made have cost them so much, and each of them are devastated in their own way.

Sing is a great story of faith, forgiveness, second chances and family loyalty. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this trilogy titled Claim, which will be released later this month.

Thank you to The B&B Media Group for providing a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.

Sing, a Novel of Colorado
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook Publishing; New edition (March 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1434767078
ISBN-13: 978-1434767073

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