I enjoyed the sequel to Breathe and am looking forward to the third book in the series, Claim. Bergren did a fantastic job of torturing her characters and making you care about them. The brother Nic and sister Moira messed up the worst. What I liked about this story was that Begren pulled no punches and had them make poor choices and suffer from their mistakes. I really ached for Moira who went through quite a transformation in this novel because of the many disappointments and hurts she suffered.I also loved the conflict between Odessa and Bryce's brother. There was some serious tension there, and I loved how realistically it was portrayed. The temptation was well done. I'm curious to see if this plays out further in the next book in this series. I'm also looking forward to seeing what happens to Nic in the last book. He has gone through so much, and yet he survived. On the positive end, he lost some of his recklessness because of this. Both he and Moira learned that they could not control everything. I found it interesting how they were introduced to faith, and also touching when Moira experienced unconditional love.Last, I adored that this book had a lot of edgy content. Again, Bergren lays the temptation and aftermath right out there. She shows how sin easily entangles and snares the victim. She also uses realistic dialog in many of the scenes and I cringed at the painful truth in those words. Bravo to Lisa for writing a daringly different historical romance set in 1880s Colorado. I would definitely recommend this series to people who like edgy stories within which the characters have realistic struggles they try to overcome.
This is the 2nd book in the Homeward Trilogy. I've not read the 1st, but found this one great as a stand alone - I didn't find that I was left trying to figure out where it started or ended, it read very smoothly!Don't let the cover fool you, It's not all romance! Actually I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity in this book! I expected it to be mostly romance, but it exceeds and draws on more areas of life! Sing is about siblings that are growing through hardship. Odessa - Living in the wilderness with her husband, battling with the harsh conditions and elements of the land, can they make their ranch work? With Bryce's brother coming to check the books will a family feud begin? Moiria - Her manager steals her money & now she much decide what she will do; where will she go? Nic - abducted to a ship - how will he manage life on board, what will he learn about himself? Will he continue to run from God, or turn back? A past that follows them all, and secrets they hoped would remain buried returns to the surface.Odessa, Moiria, and Nick St. Claire all have issues in their lives and have to learn if they will sing and move closer to the Lord, or will the drown in their sorrows. All three stories interwined together in this novel will get you thinking about your own life and how many opportunites we have been given -- have we taken them? Or wasted them away? There were moments when I felt that choke in my throat with each of the characters, and other times I smiled because of God's grace throughout the book.Taking place in the 1800's Sing is a wonderful suspense that will not only caputure your wild west imagination, but perhaps give you a little encouragement to make your own heart sing! I love that Sing brings out ties together forgivness, and faith - a combination that is sure to please and bless you!I highly recommend Sing for an uplifting read!Review copy provided
Sing, the second novel in Lisa T. Bergren's The Homeward Trilogy, reads like an adventure story. Set in the late 1800s, the novel features the St. Clair siblings, Odessa, Nic, and Moira. The siblings are scattered around the world, each on their own personal adventure. The three experience their share of trouble - shipwreck, a fire, kidnapping, bandits searching for gold - all the while learning more about the sovereignty of God and the power of forgiveness.I had not read the first novel in the trilogy, Breathe, but was easily able to pick up where the story left off four years prior. The novel really does read like an excellent adventure story, with bits of mystery and romance thrown in for good measure. The author pulls you into the characters' lives and leaves you hoping that things will turn out okay for the siblings, scattered about the world. I was also intrigued by the various locations this story takes place - a ranch in Colorado, ships at sea around South America, Paris, London, and small western frontier towns. The author has obviously done her homework to make each location realistic and believable to that time period.I will definitely search out the first book in the trilogy and look forward to the final book, Claim, to be released in June of this year.This book was given to me by B&B Media Group in exchange for my fair and honest evaluation of this book.
Sing by Lisa T. Bergren is the second book in the Homeward trilogy about the St. Clair siblings. Eldest sister Odessa is settling into life on a horse ranch with her husband Bryce and their new son, Samuel. Moira, the youngest, had a successful career as a singer in Paris until her manager absconded with all of her money, forcing her to make a radical change in her plans. Nic, the only son, has wasted his inheritance traveling the world and making a living as a brawler until losing a match finds him shanghaied on a ship traveling around Cape Horn. All three siblings will face tragedy as they try to find their way home. I can always tell a Lisa Bergren novel. The characters will be fully fleshed, the dialogue realistic, and the plotlines tautly written, keeping the pages turning quickly. Moira is the focus of this novel, and she makes some foolish, yet common mistakes about her career and men before finding herself in a terrible position for a women in 1887. Bergren really gets into her head, so the reader can easily sympathize with Moira. Readers should definitely read Breathe, the first in the trilogy before diving into Sing. Nic's story doesn't mesh with his sisters' in this story, but Bergren has laid a strong foundation for his story, Claim, to be another fantastic novel.
Dare I say it? Dare I say that SING is even better than BREATHE?? Hmm...yes I must! SING is BETTER than BREAHTE! Book 2 in The Homeward Trilogy, Sing brings us right back into the wonderful lives of Odessa and her husband Byrce, her sister Moira, and her brother Domonik, with a few other wonderfully created characters. This book had me hooked from the beginning. Transported back into time, again, I loved how the siblings were all in different parts of the world this time but still depended on each other in times of need. Full yet again, with page-turning mystery, romance and relying on God, this book is, as I said above, even better than BREATHE-and BREATHE was EXCELLENT!!! So, SING is definitely on my bookshelf right next to BREATHE-permenantly. If you love history, mystery and the love of God, this is a 5 star book that you MUST read!! I am anxiously awaiting the sure-to-be skillfully written conclusion to the Trilogy in the release of CLAIM! Well done, again, Lisa!!