Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"The Lyre and the Lambs" by Sydney Avey

Book Description

 September 3, 2014
Literary fiction for Women.

A feast of family can be a plate load of problems!

It's the Sixties. Modernity and tradition clash as two newlywed couples set up house together. Dee and her daughter Valerie move with their husbands into a modern glass house Valerie built in a proudly rural Los Altos, California, neighborhood. When their young relatives start showing up and moving in, the neighbors get suspicious. Then a body is found in the backyard and the life they are trying to build comes undone.

Father Mike is back to guide Dee through a difficult time with humor and grace, even as his own life is unraveling. Now he's going to have to take some of his own advice about love.

The sequel to "The Sheep Walker's Daughter", "The Lyre and the Lambs" explores the passions that draw people together and the faith it takes overcome trauma.

Author Bio: 
Sydney Avey is a California girl who grew up in Silicon Valley and now lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Yosemite and the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a lifetime of experience writing news for non profits and corporations. Her work is featured or forthcoming in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Forge Journal and Epiphany Magazine. She blogs at sydneyavey.com on topics related to relationships, legacy, faith, and the writing life. Her debut novel, "The Sheep Walker," is due out from HopeSprings Books on December 3, 2013.

My Review: 
"The Lyre and the Lambs" by Sydney Avey is a great follow up story to " The Sheep Walker's Daughter" and I certainly enjoyed reading this book much more than " The Sheep Walker's Daughter".  

How can two newlywed couples live in a glass house and get along with neighbors that complained about everything they do?  Not only are they trying to deal with this problem, there are different relatives showing up to make their neighbors even more angry!  

Father Mike has meetings with the young boys and their cars are filling up the streets and the neighbors don't care that is for Spiritual matters that they are meeting!  

There is romance and yes heartache in this story but what makes it such a great story is that the community finally comes together in a way that good comes from one of the tragedies toward the end of the book.  I have to be honest and say I wasn't to sure that I was going to like this book when I first started reading because of the event that took place, but I am glad I did. The tragedy was a suicide and like I said it almost made me quit reading this book but I am so glad I kept reading.

I am hoping there will be another book to this series of books as I like the ending but  I just want to know what happens to these characters, as I said there is romance other than the two newlywed couples but to explain further might be spoilers so I will finish this review with saying I want another book!

I am giving "The Lyre and the Lambs" by Sydney Avey four stars. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.”