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"Return of the Song," the first installment in the captivating ROCKWATER SUITE series by Phyllis Clark Nichols, is an absolute gem. From the moment I started reading, I was swept away by the lyrical prose and the enchanting world Nichols has created.

The characters in "Return of the Song" are richly developed and wonderfully relatable. Caroline, the protagonist, is a talented pianist whose journey of healing and rediscovery is both poignant and inspiring. The supporting cast, including her friends and family, add depth and warmth to the story, making it feel like a real community.

The narrative is both engaging and deeply moving. Caroline’s journey back to music after a personal tragedy is handled with sensitivity and grace. The plot is well-paced, with just the right mix of conflict, romance, and hope. I found myself emotionally invested in Caroline’s story and rooting for her every step of the way.

Phyllis Clark Nichols has a lyrical writing style that enhances the reading experience. Her ability to convey emotion through her prose is truly remarkable. The musical references and metaphors are beautifully done, making "Return of the Song" a joy to read for anyone who appreciates the arts.

Overall, "Return of the Song" is a touching and beautifully written book that sets a high standard for the rest of the ROCKWATER SUITE series. It’s a story about finding your way back to your passions and the power of love and community in healing old wounds. Highly recommended for everyone !
 
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Michelleadamsbook | outras 3 resenhas | Jun 24, 2024 |
A Thrilling and Heartfelt Journey

"Ransom for a Song," the third installment in the ROCKWATER SUITE series by Phyllis Clark Nichols, is a captivating blend of suspense, romance, and adventure. This book takes readers on an exhilarating journey that spans from the serene landscapes of Georgia to the mystique of Guatemala, all while maintaining the heart and warmth that the series is known for.

The narrative's pace is perfectly balanced, with moments of high-stakes adventure seamlessly interwoven with deep emotional connections.

Nichols’ descriptive writing brings each setting to life, from the peaceful magnolia trees of Georgia to the lush, cloud-drenched jungles of Guatemala. The vivid imagery and attention to detail immerse readers in the story, making them feel as if they are right there with the characters.

One of the standout aspects of "Ransom for a Song" is its exploration of love, family, and the lengths we go to for those we care about. The book delves into themes of sacrifice, loyalty, and the enduring power of love, all while maintaining an undercurrent of hope and resilience.

Overall, "Ransom for a Song" is a thrilling and heartfelt addition to the ROCKWATER SUITE series. Phyllis Clark Nichols has crafted a tale that is both gripping and emotionally satisfying, filled with adventure, romance, and the indomitable spirit of its characters. This book is a must-read for fans of the series and anyone who loves a good blend of suspense and heartwarming moments.
 
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lashonajonesbooks | Jun 15, 2024 |
"Christmas Wedding Song," the enchanting fourth book in the ROCKWATER SUITE series by Phyllis Clark Nichols, is a heartwarming and festive addition to this beloved series. Set against the backdrop of the holiday season, this novel captures the magic and warmth of Christmas while continuing the captivating story of Caroline Carlyle and her community.

In this installment, the anticipation of a Christmas wedding brings a sense of joy and excitement to Rockwater. Nichols’ skillful storytelling shines as she weaves together themes of love, family, and new beginnings. The holiday setting adds a layer of enchantment to the narrative, making it a perfect read for the festive season.

Caroline's character continues to evolve in meaningful ways. Her journey through personal growth, love, and healing is beautifully portrayed, and readers will find themselves deeply invested in her story. The wedding preparations provide a delightful backdrop for Caroline to reflect on her past and look forward to her future, offering moments of introspection and celebration.

Nichols' descriptions are vivid and evocative, capturing the charm of Rockwater during Christmas. The picturesque scenes of snowy landscapes, twinkling lights, and cozy gatherings create an immersive atmosphere that enhances the story's emotional impact. Readers will feel as if they are part of the community, experiencing the joy and warmth of the season alongside the characters.

The supporting cast of characters, each with their own stories and connections to Caroline, add depth and richness to the narrative. Their interactions are heartfelt and genuine, highlighting the importance of friendship and family. The sense of community in Rockwater is palpable, and Nichols masterfully conveys the bonds that hold the town together.

"Christmas Wedding Song" also continues to explore the transformative power of music, a central theme throughout the series. Caroline's relationship with music remains a source of strength and inspiration, and the way it intertwines with the wedding and holiday celebrations is beautifully done.

Overall, "Christmas Wedding Song" is a delightful and uplifting read that will resonate with fans of the ROCKWATER SUITE series and newcomers alike. Phyllis Clark Nichols has crafted a story that is both heartwarming and inspiring, filled with love, hope, and the spirit of Christmas. This book is a perfect holiday read, offering a blend of romance, family, and the enduring magic of the season.
 
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jameslcaprabooks | Jun 11, 2024 |
"Freedom of the Song," the captivating second installment in the ROCKWATER SUITE series by Phyllis Clark Nichols, continues to enchant readers with its rich storytelling and deep emotional resonance. This novel picks up where "Return of the Song" left off, further delving into the life of Caroline Carlyle and the charming Southern town of Rockwater.

In this sequel, Nichols skillfully expands on the themes of healing and self-discovery, using music as a central motif. Caroline, still recovering from past traumas, finds new strength and inspiration through her music. The narrative beautifully portrays her journey towards finding her true voice, both literally and metaphorically.

Nichols' writing shines with lyrical prose and vivid descriptions, making the reader feel deeply connected to the characters and the setting. The town of Rockwater, with its close-knit community and picturesque landscapes, serves as a comforting and inspiring backdrop for Caroline's continued growth.

The introduction of new characters adds depth and complexity to the story. Their interactions with Caroline are well-crafted and believable, enhancing the novel's exploration of friendship, love, and community support. Each character brings their own unique perspective, enriching the overall narrative.

One of the standout features of "Freedom of the Song" is its exploration of the power of music. Nichols eloquently illustrates how music can be a source of solace, empowerment, and freedom. Caroline's relationship with music is central to her journey, and Nichols captures this beautifully, offering readers a profound appreciation for the transformative power of the arts.

Overall, "Freedom of the Song" is a moving and uplifting continuation of the ROCKWATER SUITE series. Phyllis Clark Nichols has crafted a compelling narrative that resonates with readers, offering a perfect blend of heartache, hope, and harmony. Fans of the first book will find this sequel equally, if not more, engaging and inspiring. This novel is a must-read for those who enjoy heartfelt stories with strong, relatable characters and a deep emotional core.
 
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quintashawallacebook | May 23, 2024 |
This book is one that embodies what the Christmas spirit should be in each of our lives. Love, acceptance, giving, friendship, family, and so, so much more.

Young Julia Russell is full of curiosity, gumption, and questions—lots and lots of questions. The moment she meets Henry Lafferty is one that defines her young life. Everything about this man is interesting and she longs to know more. She’s not deterred by his deafness or the age/generation gap. Henry has a story and Julia wants to learn it.

As Julia and Henry (or H as she thinks of him) form an unlikely friendship that is defined by an ability to communicate with each other beyond mere words. That friendship teaches Julia about herself and life at a young age: Kindness comes from the heart. There is good in everyone and everyone needs a friend. With a little effort, a can’t can be turned into a can.

Phyllis Clark Nichols gives readers a Christmas story to warm hearts and expand minds. It only takes one person to make someone else’s life better—and that often has a ripple effect into other lives. You definitely don’t want to miss this story.

I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
 
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Suzie27 | outras 2 resenhas | Dec 10, 2018 |
Oh, how I loved this story, it renews your faith in humanity, and make sure you read to the end for the epilogue, it will bring tears to your eyes.
What a treat this story is, I enjoyed it from beginning to end, and wish it could have continued! This book brings a true meaning of Christmas, and the author places you right in the middle, as we walk with the main character, a precocious eleven-year-old Julia and a reclusive deaf man who has a gift of carving.
This book would make a wonderful movie, and I would be sure to watch!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Gilead, and was not required to give a positive review.
 
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alekee | outras 2 resenhas | Nov 20, 2018 |
For me today was not a silent day, in fact it was quiet chaotic. Which I say so you know how peaceful it was to dive into this beautiful Christmas read and have a Holy Night.

Phyllis Clark Nichols voice catches me off guard as a writer who effortlessly creates a world that is believably good, where excessive plot and shock value doesn’t need to move the plot along, because it is moved by characters that enchant the mind of the reader. Her writing has such an elegant style which I have difficulty comparing to other writers. Her plots move a little slower, but that doesn’t keep me from being edge-of-my-seat interested. The fact that she can entertain an audience through the story of a young girl, is not a talent most writers can boast. The humanity she shows in her writing is universal, no matter the age of the character being written about.

I particularly love the tidbits of knowledge that she weaves into the story, like a history of the full moon being called a beaver moon and the detailed description of birds that one of the character observes.

Her books are not just to entertain but to be savoured, so we might see the goodness of God left in the world and try our best to honor Him more. I wouldn’t recommend this book for someone in need of a fast-paced read but more for someone who needs a book to feed their soul. Which, let’s face it, is all of us during this very broken time in the world and thankfully it is the perfect season to get into Christmas!

I also am excited that there is a recipe in the back of the book for the ~famous~ Grancie’s pound cake cookies!

Recommended reader: no age restriction due to content. I would recommend as the perfect book for someone looking for a calming read by the fire!
 
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KatelynSBolds | outras 2 resenhas | Nov 12, 2018 |
3.5 Stars

Stop! Before you read further, go back up to the description of the book and look at the category once again. Yes, there’s a hint of romance in Return of the Song but this book is ALL about Caroline Carlyle and her journey from the haze of mourning.

There is a lot happening in this book. It’s part introduction to the small Georgia town, part romance, part mystery, and part music. Some of the book gets bogged down in details and some of the scenes probably could have been left out but overall, it gives readers a good look into Caroline’s life. The one where she is going through the motions despite the people surrounding her.

Phyllis Clark Nichols touches on the power of music—how one can get lost in it whether listening or playing, how creatives thrive in it. She also offers readers a taste of life in the South—much of it occurring around the table.

This is a long read (400 pages) that sometimes drags through the minutia of everyday life as much of the book takes place over about three months. Sometime the characters come across as a little unbelievable but at the same time, Caroline’s gentle spirit and kindness toward others is something we should all aspire to.

There are unresolved issues at the end of Return of the Song (don’t fret, there’s another book coming next year) but Caroline’s new outlook on her life gives me hope for the things to come.

Disclosure statement:
I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
 
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Suzie27 | outras 3 resenhas | Nov 11, 2018 |
Reminiscent of Jan Karon's Mitford series, Phyllis Clark Nichols has woven a beautiful story with remarkable depth, gorgeous scenery and food description, and a small town filled with lovable, zany characters. While there is a romantic thread throughout the story, the main focus is the character development and the issues that Caroline deals with in the small town of Moss Point, Georgia. I would greatly recommend this book for readers of the Mitford series, as well as readers of Debbie Macomber and Southern fiction.

Please note, I received an ARC of this book and was not required to leave a positive review.
 
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KatelynSBolds | outras 3 resenhas | Sep 18, 2018 |
The author gives us a book that begins in tragedy and ends with hope, but we are reading the in between, and it kept me page turning.
The main character has a heart for her fellow man, and has been given the gift of making awesome music by way of her piano.
Add in a plethora of other characters that will warm your heart, and some will make you laugh, all to support a wonderful read.
There was a time in the book that I was hoping that the break in was David, but that was not to be and it opened a whole new dimension to this read.
When Caroline moves out of the studio, I would love to move in, the descriptions of this place are awesome, and the couple who own it were wonderful!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Gilead and was not required to give a positive review.
 
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alekee | outras 3 resenhas | Sep 18, 2018 |
While reading this book I felt like I was watching a movie, and it kept getting better and better, and we are staying the Grey Sage Inn in New Mexico.
The author has us focus on the owners, who in their grief, have spent the past twenty years avoiding home for the holidays, this year their plans are a cruise, but have opened their Inn for a few days before, reluctantly.
We quickly learn the true meaning of Christmas, and God seems to have other plans here for all, just wait for the train to come out, and have some tissues handy.
A warm-hearted Christmas read to treasure and enjoy and share, and one I will be reading and enjoying.

I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
 
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alekee | 1 outra resenha | Dec 8, 2017 |
This is the perfect book to get you in the Christmas spirit. The characters are funny, quirky, loveable and full of cheer. I loved reading about Santa Fe and all its charm. I would love to be a guest at the Inn and bask in all the wonderful food served there. It has always been full of Christmas spirit until a tragedy took the joy away from Maude and Silas.

Suddenly the Inn wasn’t cheerful or really welcoming to guests. It would sit there year after year with no decorations, no guests and no joy. Maude and Silas were both such great characters. They loved having guests, but it became hard after their loss to continue spreading joy to anyone. When a friend asks them to host a group during the holidays, Maude and Silas decide to let them come. The group had heard how spectacular the Inn has looked during Christmas and were excited to see it all lit up. To their dismay, no decorations were there and soon the group can’t wait to leave.

My heart went out to Maude and Silas. It has been many years since they lost a precious gift. Will this year bring them joy? When the group gets snowed in, that is when the real Christmas begins. Each person brings a different perspective of Christmas. Through their sharing and compassion, maybe the Inn will become a beautiful place to celebrate this year. I loved how each character seemed to know the right words to say to heal hearts, become friends and bring a smile to faces. There are some very touching moments in the story where the author really grabs the readers and fills them with tenderness and peace. I loved the writing and was sad the story ended. I would love to see a sequel of this book.

The story is a wonderful reminder of what Christmas is about. I cried, laughed and cheered throughout the book. This is a must read for anyone wanting a heartwarming Christmas story.

I received a copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion.
 
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Harley0326 | 1 outra resenha | Dec 1, 2017 |
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