She's the most popular resident of Sovereign, Maine yet no one in this rural farming community of 1,048 souls has ever known the story behind Miss Hastings' seven decades of dedication to schoolchildren. Now, Maggie the town's minister sets out on a quest to plumb the mystery of Miss Hastings' past before the retired music teacher -- nearing her 89th birthday and in failing health -- departs this world forever.
Much like a tapestry the novel weaves from the 1940s to the present day revealing the story of Jana Hastings, a child musical prodigy who once graced the stages of New York. When an illness cuts short her career, Jana is sent to Windmere Sanatorium in central Maine for the treatment of TB. While at Windmere various events -- including first love, first loss, and the thundering approach of WWII -- catapult the self-centered teenager into mature womanhood.
A poignant, standalone novel, The Songbird of Sovereign is Jennifer Wixson's best effort yet. You won't want to miss a minute in this mythical Maine town.
About the Author
Maine farmer, author and itinerant Quaker minister, Jennifer Wixson writes from her home in Troy, Maine, where she and her husband (fondly known as the Cranberry Man) raise Scottish Highland cattle and keep bees. A Maine native, Jennifer was educated at the School of Hard Knocks, and also admits to a Master's degree in Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received this book as an Early Reviewers book, but being who I am, I had to read the first two books first. Now that I have finished this one, I have to declare that it is my favorite of the three. I enjoyed the back-and-forth between the story of Jana and modern times, particularly Maggie's story. I have really grown to love Maggie and her interesting way of looking at things. The story of Jana, or Miss Hastings, was interesting because I learned the history of one of the beloved characters in the first two books. I enjoy the writing style of all of the books, and in this one, I enjoyed the historical aspect, including the information at the end of the book. I enjoy reading when I can learn something new and be entertained at the same time. I eagerly await the fourth book in the series!