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Charlee Bennett is running from her past. Once deserted by her musician ex-fiancé, she’s vowed to avoid anything that reminds her of the pain of his betrayal.
Chance Jackson is starting over. Hoping to redeem the mistakes of his earlier life, he wants to become the music and worship pastor of the largest church in Crescent Bluff.
Charlee tries to convince herself she should not be attracted to Chance. But then she discovers an old letter hidden in the secret drawer of an antique desk. The pain expressed by its author resonates deep within her.
Can the words of long ago soften Charlee's heart and help her to discover that there is a time for singing?
Not long into Carol James’ A Time for Singing, the love triangle became obvious: Bad-Boy-Reminiscent-of-the-Guy-Who--Dumped-the-Heroine-at-the-Altar vs. Mr.-Perfect-in-Every-Way. But not only did the author put a delightful spin on this common trope, she served it up with a dose of mystery. And if you’re a music lover (like me), all those authentic details added layers to the story in a fresh, unique manner.
One of James’ strengths is bringing a scene to life in a multi-sensory way. Sitting in silence at the side of a lake becomes a “concerto of nature” with everything from the sounds of the lapping waves to crashing overhead tree limbs to “the piccolo trill of birds.” The author’s rich descriptions put the reader right in the scene.
It took a while for these characters to grow on me, but once they did, I couldn’t let go. The inevitable happy ending kept looking more and more impossible. Every time it was within reach, James snatched it away! I found myself begging the characters:
I enjoyed this one, although i got very confused at one point as to who exactly Charlee was falling for, Noah or Chance. See, once I start a book, I never refer to the blurb, just dive into the story. Anyway, this one is set in a small town where everyone knows everyone and is just right to curl up with on a summer’s evening. Even if I did want to slap a couple of them a few times ;-)
Do you choose the "perfect" guy or do you go with the guy that is a musician like the one that left you at the alter? That's the dilemma for Charlee in this wonderful book. Ms. James does a wonderful job of pulling you right into the story and you just can't stop reading. There is some of everything. There's mystery and romance and inspiration. This author's writing is sometimes just magical and this book is one of those. I really enjoyed the book and I highly recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. I was not required to leave a review. All opinions are my own.