The Songbird With Sapphire Eyes

The Songbird With Sapphire Eyes

by Anna Brentwood


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ISBN-13: 9781947983038
Publisher: Anna Brentwood
Publication date: 10/28/2017
Series: Sapphire Songbird Series , #2
Pages: 478
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Anna (which is her real first name) was a bookworm almost since birth. She graduated from Philadelphia's University of the Arts and pursued a versatile career in graphic arts, publications and public relations in Southern California before being lured to the Oregon wilderness by her desire to write professionally and her former Navy Seal husband. Anna's debut novel, 'The Songbird with Sapphire Eyes' first began as a series of dreams that so haunted her they became a personal quest to explore possible past life memories. The journey was both eerie and exciting and the book has since spawned the current Sapphire Songbird series. A wife, mother and doting "nany" of two, Anna and her husband live on 43 wooded acres in one of Oregon's enchanted forests. Their log home contains an interesting collection of Western, Native, Flapper and Prohibition memorabilia and an animal menagerie that has included dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, wolves, hawks and a feisty but lovable African grey parrot named Warlock.

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The Songbird With Sapphire Eyes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a phenomenal book, worth the read. The story line is captivating and the writing is perfection. As soon as I started reading this book I could not put it down. The characters are so well developed I feel like i knew them each personally. The story is both heart wrenching and  heart warming. I highly recommend this book! 
Maggie-Meandering More than 1 year ago
I am soooooo glad I picked it up at a book signing. Ms. Brentwood has a true gift with dialog. I could hear the accents, the slang, the differences between character's background from the first page. In addition, her ability to capture the sights, sounds, and smells of the city makes the story play like a movie in your head. To understand the clash of cultures, the disdain for tradition, and deep desire for freedom from the past in that decade, you need to see the 1920's from the perspective of the working woman (from farm women to entertainers, mistresses, and prostitutes). This book will provide that in heart-wrenching detail. Haunting in the heroine's painful, tragic movement toward aninevitable end, The Songbird with Sapphire Eyes is a poignant tale of obsession set against the background of a changing world. This novel is both a gripping historical and a study of the juxtaposition of freedoms and constraints placed on women in the roaring 1920's as the country marched toward modernity while simultaneously holding tight to the past, and corruption warred with good intentions. The reader experiences this turbulent time in American history through the eyes of Brentwood's main character, Hannah Glidden. From the age of 14, when she leaves home, to the young age of 24, Hannah navigates the changing culture and economics in a way that young women without means often did, sleeping her way to the top. We follow Hannah from the crushing indebtedness of a rural Missouri farm to the cities of newly minted millionaires who dance alongside gangsters and mob leaders in Kansas City, Chicago, and New York. While Hannah's life represents all the excess and riches the 1920's we read about and see in movies, it also represents the divisive contrast for the majority of Americans. The entire decade of the 1920s was a time of poverty and crushing indebtedness for most of rural America, leading to foreclosures of many family farms. More than 90% of American farms lacked electricity, and the proportion of farms with access to a telephone actually decreased over the course of the decade. This was Hannah's background--a harsh, unforgiving, upbringing that includes incest and a both confused and jaded understanding of sex and love which puts her on her journey. Running from her difficult childhood, Hannah embraces the modern urban culture of freedom—drinking illegally and in significant amounts, dancing provocatively, and singing to the sensuous rhythms of jazz, while searching for material things to show she has made it in the world. Like Daisy Buchannan for Gatsby, gangster Johnny Gallo invests Hannah with an idealistic perfection that she cannot possibly attain in reality. Despite major flaws in both of their characters, he pursues her with a passionate zeal that blinds both of them to their own limitations. This is the type of book you know cannot end well, but you can't put it down. It is so well written that I truly believe Hollywood would be remiss not to option it for a film. Huge congratulations to Anna Brentwood for penning an amazing and realistic story, where she did not once bow to sentiment, push for the happy ending, or try to make light of the choices some women made in that era.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Takes you into the lives of those who walked the wild side in the 20s like you were there! O
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was very authentic as far as the 20's language and details. Hannah was a very believable character. Lovely in her looks as well as her determination. I couldnt put it down and want to read about the next chapter in the lives of these people. I will continue to read anything Anna Brentwood writes.Thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading The Songbird With Sapphire Eyes. My favorite novels are historical fiction, so I loved learning about the "times" and what was going on during the roaring 20’s. I also enjoyed the characters and really did think, if they could cast it right, it would be good movie. I enjoyed the way the author described things. I could really picture it.
meglett More than 1 year ago
I love this era where people discover another world - gangsters, crime, dancing at speakeasies, and the power of wealth. Hannah has to survive in this world but at what cost. Love and danger in this new and exciting story based in the 1920's.