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Editorial Reviews

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In Symphony of Secrets Hinck again tells the story in her characteristic smart and funny style. Full of clever comparisons and savvy humor, her writing is always a pleasure to read.... But all the hijinks and cleverness only veil the serious and tender undertones of this tale.... One of Symphony of Secrets' cover endorsements says, 'It's official - if the book says Sharon Hinck on the spine, I'm buying it.' I'm beginning to feel the same way. This lively tune of a tale may just win you over as well.
—Violet Nesdoly
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In Symphony of Secrets, author Sharon Hinck introduces Amy Johnson, a devoted musician and would-be concert flutist who has spent years building an insulated and comfortable, if not lavish, life for herself and her teenage daughter, Clara. Yet a dark secret about Clara's father has haunted that life in spite of Amy's efforts to wipe it from her own memory and, more important, to prevent her daughter from learning it....Though Symphony of Secrets has an element of mystery, it is primarily the story of the painful journey of a mother and daughter toward rebuilding a relationship that has rested for too long on half-truths and uneasy speculation about the past. To paraphrase an old saying, 'if relationships be the stuff of life,' then readers may find much with which to identify in this well-crafted human-interest story.
Ane Mulligan
I enjoyed every page of this book.... A story of love and forgiveness and characters that will live on in your heart even after you turned the last page. I give it a very high recommendation.
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I enjoyed every page of this book.... A story of love and forgiveness and characters that will live on in your heart even after you turned the last page. I give it a very high recommendation.
& -Ane Mulligan
Fark ArmchairInterview.com
Symphony of Secrets is a good story with great characters that contains two important messages. The first is that God seeks us out because He wants to help us. The second is not to make quick judgments about other people because first impressions are often misleading. Armchair Interviews says: Unique look at parental love-and human guilt.
—Leslie Granier
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764202827
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    Music, Mystery and Romance

    Open this book and enter a world of symphonies, mysteries, cheerleaders, romance, laughter, faith and love. Sharon Hinck managed to compose a story as entertaining as the symphonic music her main characters perform. Amy Johnson has dreamt of playing flute professionally instead of for weddings. Her dreams are realized when she earns a place in the Minneapolis Symphony. But, what is she to do when her daughter becomes more interested in cheerleading than music, her attraction to the conductor leads to distraction and the mysterious disasters and near-misses threaten to close the symphony for good? She turns on her amateur sleuth skills to investigate and solve the crimes. Then she will be back in control of her life, her daughter, her destiny. Amy's daughter starts attending church with her best friend and talking about God. Amy is certain God has no place in His heart for her. While playing in an ensemble between masses one Sunday, the creator of music touches a spot in her heart. Will Amy solve the mystery before her beloved orchestra, her one chance at the profession, closes? Will she and her daughter find a way to reconnect? Will the attraction between Amy and Peter, the maestro, bud into something bigger before they drive each other crazy? Read the book. You will laugh out loud. You will love the story and if you listen carefully, I believe you can hear the symphony playing. Sharon has done it again, creating great story and endearing characters. You'll want to revisit them and see how their lives turn out.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    The Show Must Go On

    I used to play an instrument. I played trumpet in the middle school band for three years. I got as high as first chair. So I could definitely related with Amy and her quest in the classical music world. Even if you're completely tone deaf, you won't get lost amid all the musical terms in this book. Everything is explained precisely so even the those who don't know a timpani from a tuba will be able to follow along. To be honest I didn't really like Clara that much. Usually it's because I bond with the protagonists that makes me dislike other characters who don't get along with them. I felt at times that Clara was selfish towards her mother's own wants and needs. Yes, Amy should have told her daughter the true story about her birth father from the beginning and not kept it a secret. But at the same time, I felt like it wasn't fair that Clara would place guilt trips on Amy for not being like the other moms. Obviously Amy was not a cheerleader type mom and I felt that Clara didn't seem to realize that being a single mom is not an easy task. I'm glad that for the most part they have a wonderful mother-daughter relationship but it just irked me a bit at the unreasonable demands placed on Amy at times. I loved the growing relationship between Amy and Peter. It wasn't your typical love story, fused instead with lots of humor and realistic feelings. The mystery part was great as well. Love seeing Amy's skills being put to use. This book was like several different stories combined into one - music, romance, relationship, mystery. Just like a medley of different songs, the author meshes them together to form a wonderful melody to the eyes. Another winner for Sharon Hinck!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2008

    Fresh! Authentic! Delicious!

    I just finished Symphony of Secrets. Oh my. The story transported me into the symphonic world through the main character¿s passion for all things music¿and I can barely carry a note. But this is what I look for in literature. I want to go someplace, feel something, and see the world from a new perspective. Hinck did that for me...again. Amy is a single mom, balancing deferred dreams and her teenager¿s new-found independence. Sound like a cliché? Not in Hinck¿s deft hands. A lyrical narrative (of course!) and a fresh plot keep the pages turning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    Symphony of Fun & Mystery

    In many ways this book is a departure from the Becky Miller and Restorer series. This book is written with a light touch that often had me laughing out loud as I read it. Amy sees more what ifs in a situation than anybody I know! But at its core, the book stays close to the mom-lit area that Sharon Hinck is well-known for. Humor graces every page with the lightest hint of romance. There is also a thread of mystery running through the book ¿ very much on the cozy mystery side of the genre. I enjoyed it and found the resolution plausible in a world of crazy musicians. And Sharon made the symphony and those in it come to life in a way that I enjoyed ¿ even though I secretly wondered as I picked it up if I¿d care about the characters and their lives after chapter one. Overall, a fantastic book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

    A reviewer

    Hinck employs wit and angst as you follow Amy, a musical geek trying to fulfill her dreams. She's a single mom whose mind revolves around her music and providing for her daughter, but forgets about things like laundry and meals. I hate to admit I could relate, but as a literary artist, I was right there with her. When her daughter makes the cheerleading squad, Amy feels like a jazz solo without a rhythm. These super-moms are hip and with-it, crafty, slender and know how to French-braid. Poor Amy can barely make a ponytail straight for her daughter. But what she can do is find a mystery in every action around her, causing her no end of trouble. All this makes for one delightful read as it explores the relationship between a quirky mom and her daughter. A story of love and forgiveness and characters that will live on in your heart even after you turned the last page. I give it a very high recommendation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2008

    glimpse into an artist's life

    Tonight I finished Symphony of Secrets by Sharon Hinck. Though the author leaves some questions unanswered, she ended this story in a very satisfying way. Symphony of Secrets reflects the author's depth of artistic giftedness. I appreciated the compassionate yet humorous handling of the artistic temperament. In many ways, I identified with the main character, Amy Johnson and gained greater understanding of my own uniqueness as an artsy person. This was one of my favorite reads.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A deep drama that is quite good

    When Amy Johnson became pregnant she dropped out Julliard to raise her child her daughter¿s father wanted nothing to do with either her or Clara. Amy moved to Minneapolis to raise her daughter, taking music teaching jobs to feed them. Her dreams of being a concert flutist are gone with some lingering regret, but her love for her now fifteen year old Clara makes it worth it.------------ Amy¿s best friend harpist Lena tells her the Minneapolis Symphony is seeking a second seat flutist. Though extremely nervous she tries out and gets the position. As she rehearses and performs under the guidance of new conductor Peter Wilson, someone seems to be sabotaging the symphony targeting concertmaster Stefan Kronenberg. As she investigates because she loves solving a whodunit even when there are none, Amy has concerns with Clara who has committed two faux pas in her mom¿s mind she has become a cheerleader and is going to church.-------------- Combining music with an amateur sleuth investigation and a light welcoming inspirational religious touch, readers will want to attend the symphony. The story line opens with Clara debunking her mother¿s latest criminal solution and shocking her with her being a cheerleader mom. Sharon Hinck conducts a wonderful tale starring a terrific heroine, who does not want to be a cheerleader mom or attend church, but for Clara will try both.---------------- Harriet Klausner

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