Saturday, August 18, 2012

Song of the Brokenhearted... a book review

Song of the Brokenhearted, Sheila Walsh

Available: August 21, 2012
ISBN: 9781595546876
Christian Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Ava has risen above the poverty of her youth and her dysfunctional family.  Now, in her late 40's, she has a wonderful family, a picture-perfect home, and a few secrets in her closet.  In Song of the Brokenhearted by Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen Coloma, Ava enjoys a life filled with high school football games, her daughter's upcoming wedding, and a ministry to people in crisis - those with broken hearts.  Her life is neat and tidy and planned.... even to 5 and 10 years down the road.

"Whenever something is too neat and tidy, GOD has a way of shaking it up."
(p. 48)

She is terrific stepping in and helping people in need, but what happens when Ava is the person in crisis?  When her husband begins working long hours and disappearing in the night, she assumes an affair.  What she learns is that her husband's company is being investigated and all of their assets are frozen.  Her life now includes no more maids... no more yard men, and no more shopping sprees. 

Can their marriage survive this change in financial status?  As Ava's life crumbles around her, an unexpected gift is left on her front porch.  With this gift, she realizes she still needs to face her past and share it with her family.  Will she allow God to write a new song on her heart?

Song of the Brokenhearted is a wonderful book.  I was pulled into Ava's life story from page 1!  If you know of Sheila Walsh's financial story, you will find some of her own struggles on the pages of this book.  How does it feel to learn that your husband has withheld financial woes from you? 

My rating:  A

I received a complimentary copy of this e-book from Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze program for my honest review.




  1. Hi there – you may know about it already but I wanted to remind you about Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads. It is a lovely little linky party where booky blogs link up something about food or cookbooks over the weekend. It was the very first blog hop I ever stumbled over so I have fond thoughts about it. Please do pop by and link up.

  2. Ellen thank you for the review. I like Sheila Walsh. Blessings.


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