Return of the Song Book Review

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Hi friends, Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Return of the Song by Phyllis Clark Nichols, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Today I’ll be sharing my book review for Return of the Song as well as some info about the book and a giveaway!

The things I liked about Return of the Song

I really enjoyed Caroline. She was still processing the grief of losing her fiance even though it’s been years. She has a passion for the piano, both playing it and teaching others how to play and I loved that. I myself love to play the piano and it’s always fun to read a book when the main character has similar passions to you!

There was a bit of a mystery (actually 2) threaded throughout this book. First, one day Caroline is at home and someone starts playing her piano, but runs away before she can see them! What? I’d be freaked out if someone was in my house playing the piano, but this made me want to keep reading because I wanted to know who had been in her home (and playing a song that only Caroline knew!) There was another mystery about who had the childhood piano that Caroline played and the man who had purchased it. She’d love to play it again but he doesn’t want to sell, but it was interesting to see it all play out!

Things that I didn’t love about Return of the Song

The pacing was pretty slow and I skimmed a bit of the middle just because I wanted to find out what happened, but there just seemed to be a lot of dialogue in the middle that didn’t seem to move the plot forward.

But, even though it was slow I really loved the last 100 pages or so. This is the first book in a series and I can see now that a lot of the beginning and middle were leading up to the next book. I did wish there had been a little more to happen in the first half, but I really liked the ending and it made me excited for the next book.

Overall I did enjoy Return of the Song and I liked the ending and the little bit of romance that was in the book! I gave Return of the Song 3.5/5 stars. I received a copy of Return of the Song from JustReads Tours and the publisher in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.


return of the songTitle: Return of the Song
Series: The Rockwater Suite #1
Author: Phyllis Clark Nichols
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

When Caroline lost her love, she lost the music too.

Caroline Carlyle’s dreams were crushed when her fiancé died six weeks before their wedding. For years she wrestled with aching loss and shattered faith, struggling to find the inspiration that once came so easily. Abandoning her half-finished piano compositions, Caroline trades her old ambitions for the comfort and familiarity of life as the town’s piano teacher.

But Caroline’s world turns upside down when a mysterious stranger enters her life. Filled with courage and fresh purpose, Caroline embarks on a quest to track down the beloved, rare piano she played as a child. Her search leads her to Rockwater, the Kentucky estate of a wealthy gentleman, where Caroline finds her heart may be composing a surprising new song.

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Phyllis Clark Nichols’s character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.

Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane, she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and cofounder of a national cable network with health- and disability-related programming. Regardless of the role she’s playing, Phyllis brings creativity and compelling storytelling.

She frequently appears at conventions, conferences, civic groups, and churches, performing half-hour musical monologues that express her faith, joy, and thoughts about life—all with the homespun humor and gentility of a true Southern woman.

Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.

CONNECT WITH PHYLLIS: website | Facebook | Twitter

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