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Song of Renewal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Thought provoking

    Reading about how thinking of yourself and not of others REAL needs can almost destroy a family brings to mind the question "how am I doing?"

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Loved this book - couldn't put it down!

    Emily Sue Harvey's novel, 'Song of Renewal' was a page turner from start to finish. The book tells a story of a husband and wife who started off so much in love, but later find themselves very distant from each other. Garrison is an artist who runs his own graphic art business to provide for his family. Liza is a former dancer who loves her role as a stay at home mother of their only teenage daughter, Angel. When the daughter is involved in a car accident and her life hangs in the balance, the husband and wife must face their marriage and each other.

    The characters are authentic. There is no glossing over the problems they have in their marriage and in their hearts over dreams lost, and the anguish they feel over their teenage daughter lying in a hospital bed in a coma. During the course of the story, we follow their journey of discovering themselves, their marriage, forgiveness and dealing with the trauma of Angel's accident.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I agree with what Jill Marie Landis (New York Times Bestselling author) says about this book: "An uplifting story of forgiveness, commitment, and love."

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    Interesting Read

    Guilt, the inability to forgive, and hope are strong elements that influence much of the action in Song of Renewal.

    Two intelligent, talented, beautiful people find each other and a "soul mate" kind of love. Liza and Garrison Wakefield's insatiable love for each other creates their precious child Angel. Theirs is a special family, but the mundane demands press in. Subtle changes creep into their lives. Both Liza and Garrison give up a part of themselves for what they believe to be the greater good. Liza gives up ballet, her great love and talent, while Garrison gives up his art, his great love and talent. Both denied themselves the very thing that nurtured their inner beings.

    In Garrison's drive to make money in order to maintain their life style, he becomes absorbed in work. He distances himself from Angel and Liza just the way his parents had distanced themselves from him, something he vowed he would never do. The price he pays for this shatters his world. How he copes with the devastation pulls the reader into a maelstrom of emotions that crash and bang through Garrison's heart and soul.

    Liza, determined to never abandon Angel like her mother had abandoned her, becomes a stay-home mom and an overbearing backstage mother. She fails to see that Angel hates ballet even though she works hard to please her mother. Liza is unaware she lives through her daughter and she looks to Garrison to take care of their material needs never noticing the strain he is in. Neither of them nurtures their love for each other that has curled up deep inside starving for attention.

    Angel's tragedy is the catalyst that sets this emotional, introspective, heartbreaking story in motion. The guilt and inability to forgive hampers their struggle to reconnect with the inner self, with faith, with each other. Song of Renewal touches emotions that range from the darkest to the brightest.

    The secondary characters create stories of their own as they support Liza, Garrison and Angel. Penny, Angel's true friend who stays through thick and thin, adds sparkle to often dark times. Troy, with a special love and situation, gives Angel incredible support and spiritual courage with such great love-makes the heart sing.

    Liza's sister Charlcy is that pillar of strength that protected Liza as a child and gives her unconditional love as an adult. Outspoken, unforgiving, and fighting her own demons, Charlcy's has a special story all her own, that adds a poignant dimension to the theme of 'renewal' that is a strong, ever-present thread throughout the story.

    Emily Sue Harvey takes the reader on a remarkable journey into the hearts and souls of very caring characters that struggle with coming to terms with their flaws, with repentance, with forgiving, and acceptance. The characters' hard won happiness shines with love, making Song of Renewal a beacon of hope-a compelling story.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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