Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Review of Sing a New Song by Candee Fick

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to the book tour for Sing a New Song by Candee Flick! For today's stop, I am reviewing this. Please enjoy my thoughts and follow the tour for even more reviews and excerpts. There's also a great giveaway at the end!

Sing a New Song

(The Wardrobe Series #3)
By Candee Fick
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 275 Pages
May 1st 2019 by Bling! Romance

The pampered diva is about to meet her match

Songbird Gloria Houghton has always needed to be the center of attention, but the spotlight has shifted. Seeking fame and a fresh start, she finds a new stage in Branson, Missouri…only to risk being replaced by a manipulative rival. If Gloria can’t be the star, who is she?

Jack-of-all-trades Nick Sherwood is just one leaf on a vast family tree that includes a restaurant chef, hotel owners, and even the headline act at a family-owned theater. He’s seen how fame can blind a person with jealousy and is more than content to stay in the background thank you very much. If only he wasn’t so fascinated--and irritated--by the newest addition to the staff.

After a disaster of a first impression and financial difficulties land Gloria in the humblest of jobs—with Nick as her boss—it might be time for her to learn to sing a new song.

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**My thoughts**
When we meet Gloria in the beginning of this book, you get the hint that she was a bit of a diva in her former life. Now she is grappling with an injury that is putting her career partially on hold and also seeks to try something new to keep her in the limelight. She is determined to follow her dreams and moves to Branson to make it happen. Only she ends up finding herself struggling when promised money that she depends on doesn't come through and when dealing with catty coworkers who remind her of how she used to be.

This is a story of growth for Gloria. She had lost her faith some time ago. She is used to having an almost unlimited bank account. She is used to telling other people what to do. Now she finds herself having to do those jobs that she used to find beneath her. She has to learn how to budget and economize. She has to learn how to deal with nasty people. And she is learning to find a better version of herself and her faith once again.

I would love to have a better picture of what she was like before she moved to Branson. Through reading about the other books in the series, I have found that Gloria does appear in those older ones, and she is not really a likable person at all. I kind of want to read those earlier books so that I can fully appreciate the change that she makes in herself. (But I will say that this book does stand on its own and does allude to some of the situations in those previous books, so reading the first two is not necessary before reading this one.) 

I like her determination. I like how life has humbled her to bring her down off of her high horse. I like the change that happens as the story unfolds. I also like how she is a bit of a walking disaster with some comedic klutzy moments that make for a few laugh-out-loud moments.

Those moments also introduce us to Nick. He is the quiet, matter-of-fact janitor of the theatre where she is working, or so she thinks. You can tell that there is more to him than meets the eye. I think we as the readers are able to figure out a lot of his story well before he does. He has a bit of ruggedness to him and yet appreciates some of the finer things in life in a modest way. He takes his work seriously and has high, yet appropriate expectations of those around him. And he definitely gets a kick out of Gloria's klutzy moments. 

The spark between the two of them is a slow burning flame that is refreshing to get in a romance novel these days. I felt like they also were able to teach each other a lot about life. And of course they were helped out a lot by Granny, who is the wisest one of them all. 

I admit it took me a little while to get into this book. It was a bit of a slow start. But once I got into it, I greatly enjoyed reading it. Again, I am interested in checking out the rest of the series now.

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.

Other Books in the Series

About Candee Fick

Candee Fick is a multipublished, award-winning author. She is also the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy writing, editing, or coaching other authors, she can be found cheering on the home team at sporting events, exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.

In addition to writing clean faith-based romance novels and inspirational non-fiction, Candee coaches other authors with their marketing plans and offers content editing to aspiring novelists. She is a member of both American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network. Her fiction has semi-finaled, finaled, and won the ACFW Genesis Contest and Selah Awards.

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Tour Giveaway

One 1st prize winner will receive: the complete set of The Wardrobe Series (ebook only if international winner, otherwise print copies) plus a $25 Amazon gift card
One 2nd prize winner will receive: Copy of Sing a New Song (ebook only if international winner, US winner can choose ebook or print) plus a $10 Amazon gift card
- Ends May 15, 2019

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your thoughtful review and for being a host on this tour!