Thursday, June 12, 2008

Book Review: "Symphony of Secrets" by Sharon Hinck and Book Giveaway

I'm giving away a brand new copy of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winner on Thursday, June 19. US readers only. Good luck!

The Show Must Go On

Amy is a single mom who has two passions in her life: her daughter and her flute. When she hears that tryouts are open to join the local symphony she jumps at the chance for what could finally be her big break. But it's not all happy melodies and cheery tunes. Amy has to put up with a jealous flutist and a daughter who can't seem to understand her passion for music. Then there's her symphony master who seems to have more than just a musical interest in Amy. To top it off someone seems bent on destroying the symphony's reputation and closing it down for good. Will Amy be able to use her amateur sleuthing skills to track the culprit?

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!

Symphony of Secrets by Sharon Hinck is published by Bethany House (2008)


  1. This sounds really interesting. Please enter me into the contest.

  2. Sharon has become one of my new favorite authors, so please pick me to win this :)

  3. I love Sharon's work and this one sounds fantastic. I'd love to be entered.

    aprilannerwin at yahoo dot com


  4. Anonymous12:42 AM

    I loved The Restorer series! I bet this book is great too!

    vkc922 at cox dot net

  5. I have been wanting to read this one, but haven't had the opportunity yet, please enter me...

    ryanx6 at msn dot com

  6. Anonymous6:15 AM

    I would love to be entered in the drawing. The book sounds very good.


  7. Sounds like a great book. Count me in.


  8. I've been wanting to try one of Ms. Hinck's books but haven't had the opportunity yet. Please include me. mamakane at FR

  9. I LOVE how Sharon Hinck writes! I'm real anxious to read this Symphony of Secrets by her. I can identify with a child who pushes their own ideas, goals and thoughts off on the parent; I had one. To top it off, I REALLY enjoy music too. Please enter me. Thanks.
    cepjwms at yahoo dot com

  10. oooooh, Deborah, I love Sharon Hinck. Please count me in for the drawing. Thanks.


  11. Anonymous10:27 AM

    Please enter me in your contest for A Symphony of Secrets. I love Sharon Hinck's books. Thank you.

  12. I would love to win this book. I love Sharon Hinck. Please include me. runninmama at sbcglobal dot net

  13. Sounds like a fun book...count me in. Thanks!

    pagarrison at valornet dot com

  14. I'm a church musician, and have been wanting to read this book for quite a while. Thanks for the chance to win a copy, Deborah.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  15. Erica4:56 PM

    Sounds like a great book! Please enter my name in your drawing. Thanks!

    bookhearth [at] yahoo [dot] com

  16. Would love to win this one. Please enter me. at FR

  17. I would love to read it!!!

  18. I've had my eye on this one for a while. Thanks for the chance to win, Deborah.

    eviesmommo at yahoo dot com

  19. I'll bet the heroine finds a third passion before the book's end! Please add my name to the hope-to-win pile.

  20. I'd love to be entered for this one, too. Thanks! I just finished The Restorer after having read The Restorer's Son (and it didn't hurt a bit reading them out of order). It came about 150 miles on an inter-library loan!

    hope _ chastain [at] yahoo [dot] com (no spaces)

  21. Anonymous8:03 PM

    I'd love to win, thanks for the opportunity!
    vcoday at cox dot net

  22. Please enter me in the drawing too. Thanks!

  23. Music, mystery, romance... please include me!

  24. This sounds like a good summer read. Friday is the last day of school here and I can't wait to jump into my books.

    Please enter my name.


  25. Anonymous11:43 PM

    Oh I would love this book. My daughter is a cellist in an orchestra and has played for years. We love anything "orchestra" so this would be a great book for us to share. Thanks!!


  26. Absolutely LOVED her Restorer series and would enjoy checking out a book that will be completely different. Thanks.


    mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

  27. Deborah please include me in the drawing. Thanks.

  28. Sounds like a good book. I've loved Sharon's other books, so put me in.


  29. Hello! I love the cover of this book! The author is one I really like to read. Please enter me in this book drawing. I appreciate it!
    Thanks, Cindi

  30. Anonymous5:14 PM

    Please enter me. This book sounds really good!
    Fmartin816 (@) comcast (dot) net

  31. congrats to Pam Meyers for winning!


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