Published: March 1, 2014
Format: via free Kindle buy
From a distance, the Harlan's appear to be the perfect Southern family. Wealth and local fame mask the drama and dysfunction swirling through their family line. But as the summer heats up, a flood tide of long-hidden secrets surface. Devastation from a rape followed by the murder of two family members brings three generations of the Harlan’s together on their pecan plantation in Bay Spring, Alabama. Chief among them is Anniston, who by the time she turned thirteen thought she’d seen it all. But as her heart awakens to the possibility of love, she begins to deal with her loneliness and grief. This tender coming-of-age tale, inspired by the story of Tamar in 2 Samuel 13, shows how true healing and hope comes only from God. Though our earthly family can wound and disappoint, our heavenly Father brings freedom to those long held captive through His mercy and grace.
How Sweet the Sound is the story of how family secrets and lies can haunt someone way after things are buried…literally. We meet the Harlan family who are highly regarded in their community despite the truth that lies inside their family house. Anniston is the youngest member and in a small span of time she will lose her father, also her uncle and learn the devilish things he has done plus a whole set of family secrets that will rock her foundation to its core.
I won’t say exactly what she finds out because to do so would spoil the whole book but it is the unthinkable and something that has haunted this family for decades. It’s shocking and sad and something that must be broken. We see Anniston grow up and try to put her family back together piece by piece even as some try to continue to cover up the truth for appearances sake. I saw Anniston has a strong person who took it upon herself to stop the cycle and break free of the cover ups in order to live a pure life regardless of what others think. This was a touching, heart breaking story but one that gives you faith that good will prevail. While the subject matter might be tough it’s one that must be told to help others.