Sing: A Novel of Colorado

Sing: A Novel of Colorado

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by Lisa Bergren
     
 

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Moira St. Clair has done exactly what her father forbade her to do—chased her dreams to sing on the stage. But even as her star rises, she becomes more vulnerable to those who wish to use her—or bring her down….
It is 1886, and the St. Clairs are living out their dreams in three very separate parts of the world—Paris, Brazil and

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Moira St. Clair has done exactly what her father forbade her to do—chased her dreams to sing on the stage. But even as her star rises, she becomes more vulnerable to those who wish to use her—or bring her down….
It is 1886, and the St. Clairs are living out their dreams in three very separate parts of the world—Paris, Brazil and Colorado. And while each has found a measure of success and joy, each is haunted by past sins and secrets. Once home in Colorado, the St. Clairs struggle to learn what it means to sing praise to God—even in the face of tremendous loss—and trust Him in all things, even when forced to fight for their very lives.

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Library Journal
In 1880s Colorado, siblings Odessa, Moira, and Dominic each pave a unique road to salvation while trying to win their father's love. The first book in the series, Breath, told Odessa's story; this novel follows Moira as she defies her father's wishes to pursue a singing career in Paris. As she begins to realize her dream, she is robbed by her own manager and travels home to face past sins and make peace with her future. VERDICT Bergren ("The Gifted Trilogy") brings the time period to life with her rich descriptions and attention to detail. Fans of Breath will want to learn more about the St. Claires and will eagerly pick up this latest entry, which should also attract new readers who enjoy historical fiction.
Publishers Weekly
Bergren, author of more than 30 books, brings back the fictional St. Clair family siblings in this second installment in her Homeward Trilogy. Bergren deftly transitions among the separate stories of Odessa, Moira, and Dominic, before intertwining two of their paths. Odessa and husband Bryce struggle with fierce snowstorms that take the lives of many of their finest horses, and Bryce's brother Robert, come to help smooth out matters, only complicates them. Moira, swindled out of her money, travels back to the States and meets not one but two intriguing men en route home. Both take a strong interest in this singer, but only one has her best interest at heart. Dominic, the brawler, is taken captive on a sailing vessel and spends the bulk of the book fighting his way back to freedom. These three distinct storylines could very well be disjointed in the hands of a lesser writer, but Bergren makes it work seamlessly.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434767073
Publisher:
Cook, David C
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Series:
The Homeward Trilogy
Edition description:
New
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Lisa T. Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over thirty books, with more than 1.5 million copies sold. A former publishing executive, she now splits her time working as a freelance editor and business consultant and parenting her three young children with husband Tim. She lives in Colorado Springs.

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Sing: A Novel of Colorado 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book but not my favourite by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyed the story line but found it difficult to follow at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous 25 days ago
Sing dance eat drink fight is the life
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Sing was a very enjoyable continuation of the Homeward Trilogy. It is book two in the series and started off a little slowly. However, the story is extremely interesting from start to finish and really took off for me about half way through the book. I really enjoyed the way this book continued to alternate between the three St. Clair siblings. It was great to see what was happening with all of them. Moira’s story was the primary one, with Dominic and Odessa also having troubles of their own that they were dealing with. While some things wrap up in this book, there are some loose ends that continue on into book three. I was very happy to be able to pick up the next book in the series and continue on. I would definitely recommend having book three, Claim, ready to read before you reach the end of Sing! Very enjoyable! I won this book in a giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Shay14 More than 1 year ago
This book was hard for me to get in to.  I found Moira to be self-centered, selfish, and immature.  I was also VERY disappointed at the choices she made in this book.  However, I took a step back for a minute and really focused on the message of Moira's story.  Aren't we all a bit selfish, immature, and self-centered sometimes? Who was I to judge (yes, judge a fictional character) Moira when I myself have been guilty of the same traits? After I came to that realization, I was able to get into the story more.  Moira made some bad choices. She, like everyone else, thought God was no longer interested in her and wouldn't want anything to do with her. How wrong was she!  Even after all she had done, God whispers to her "I AM grace." That gave me chills! I AM GRACE. Those three simple words. God wants us to realize that HE is grace and we need to sing praises to him and trust in him no matter what comes our way! Isn't it great to know there is one bigger than us to help us and to lean on in our lives? It was nice to visit with Odessa and Bryce and Dominic again as well.  Odessa and Bryce face their share of problems in this book too, but Odessa faithfully reminds Bryce that God gives us life. This passage struck me enough to want to quote it for you: "But it is God that grants us life. We must praise Him, Bryce. Even when it's hard. Even when all seems dark. We must remember what is good, what is true, rather than believe fears and half-truths. That is how we cope with the day. That is how we keep living our lives the way He would have us live them, embracing them rather than just surviving them." Each character struggles to grasp the meaning of rejoicing and singing in the Lord's grace and mercy.  Each character continues to grow, and we get to watch all three of them evolve into the men and women the Lord is shaping them to be. Lisa T. Bergren provided another excellent book with well thought-out plots, intriguing characters, and enough action to not make it boring.  
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JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
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.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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: I loved this book because it's based back in the 1800's and is another wonderful historical fiction story that weaves the lives of the St. Clair family through three different places in time. You met Moria St. Clair who is living in Paris, singing in the opera houses, who comes to find out that her latest manager has embezzled all her money and know she is left broke. Odessa St. Clair is the wife to Bryce trying to make ends me on the family ranch during the rough winter that will rob them of the life they had imagined in Colorado. Finally we met Nic St.Clair, a fighter who has squandered his families inheritance in Brazil being a fighter, who finds out all too soon that when you lose the fight, no all the people who bet on you are willing to take the loss. The best part of this series is that in each book you get three stories in one. I felt personally connected to each character who has to endure their own personal struggle to make it where they are and yet in the end, will their lives take them back to reunite and make it together as a family once more? You'll have to read this book to find out! I received this book compliments of B & B Media Group and must say once more I rate this book a 10 out of 10 and can't wait to review the third in the series called Claim. For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy, click on the link below: Sing: A Novel of Colorado by Lisa T. Bergren (Book Two in the Homeward Trilogy) David C Cook/April 1, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4347-6707-3/373 pages/softcover/$14.99 www.davidccook.com ~ www.lisatawnbergren.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sing by Lisa T. Bergren is incredible as was Breathe! Sing blends a historical story with exciting suspense. The location of Colorado is beautifuly described. Following the lives of the St. Clair, brother and sister's is great. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Sing by Lisa T. Bergren is the second book in the Homeward trilogy about the St. Clair siblings. Eldest sister Odessa is settling into life on a horse ranch with her husband Bryce and their new son, Samuel. Moira, the youngest, had a successful career as a singer in Paris until her manager absconded with all of her money, forcing her to make a radical change in her plans. Nic, the only son, has wasted his inheritance traveling the world and making a living as a brawler until losing a match finds him shanghaied on a ship traveling around Cape Horn. All three siblings will face tragedy as they try to find their way home. I can always tell a Lisa Bergren novel. The characters will be fully fleshed, the dialogue realistic, and the plotlines tautly written, keeping the pages turning quickly. Moira is the focus of this novel, and she makes some foolish, yet common mistakes about her career and men before finding herself in a terrible position for a women in 1887. Bergren really gets into her head, so the reader can easily sympathize with Moira. Readers should definitely read Breathe, the first in the trilogy before diving into Sing. Nic's story doesn't mesh with his sisters' in this story, but Bergren has laid a strong foundation for his story, Claim, to be another fantastic novel.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
Lisa Bergren doesn't write what you expect, that makes her writing brilliant. In book #1 of this series we meet Odessa who is struggling for every breath she takes, along with her brother Nic and her sister Moira they are heading to Colorado in hopes of finding a cure for Odessa. They find that and a whole lot more. As this book opens we find the 3 siblings spread far, far apart. Moira is kind of the main character, but we see things from Odessa and Nic's points of view as well. I love this aspect of the series - its never just one character. In this case Moira and Nic have both strayed far from how they grew up. Odessa and Bryce are struggling against a nemesis from book #1 and everything converges back in Colorado. There are unexpected twists that happen that kept me in shock - this is a great historical series and I can't wait for #3, Claim, to come out soon!
harstan More than 1 year ago
After leaving her sister Odessa and new brother-in-law Bryce to Breathe together, in 1886 Moira St. Clair is stunned to learn her manager Max Foster has been embezzling her funds. She is near broke and Paris is not a cheap city for an American singer to live in. Heartbroken and distrustful, Moira heads home to Colorado while two men display interest in her on her journey. Back in Colorado, Odessa and Bryce struggle to make a success of their horse ranch. However, the fierce winter is taken its toll on their livestock with many of their horses dying. The third St. Clair sibling Dominic is known for his fierce brawling. With one sister married and the other in France singing, he goes to fulfill his dream of seeing the world, but instead has been taken captive on a ship with little hope of escape. The second Homeward Trilogy (see Breathe) is a superb historical tale that continues to follow the adventures of the three St Clair siblings who have gone their separate ways after traveling together to Colorado due to Odessa's consumption. The story line contains three obvious subplots with eventually the sister's tales intertwining. Although lacking the intensity of Breathe, Sing is a strong late nineteenth century tale as each sibling's saga is exhilarating while bringing alive the era. Harriet Klausner
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