Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Composing Amelia
Author: Alison Strobel
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: September 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: L.A. & Nebraska
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None/Negligible
Alison's Website/Blog: www.alisonstrobel.com
I am really not sure what adjective to use for this book because incredible, charming, magnificent, lovely, great - all of these put together really wouldn’t do this book justice. Very rarely, as you know, can I give a five-star rating to a book, but Alison Strobel, with this magnificent story, SHOULD receive ten stars!
This is not your "run-o’-the mill" romance or inspirational novel. This is a very in-depth story regarding the difficult issues that newlyweds can face as they leave their pasts behind in order to build a future with each other.
Amelia and Marcus Sheffield are the characters that readers get to follow. This is a young, fun, overjoyed couple who have recently completed their college years. They are based in Los Angeles trying to pay the bills as they settle in and look high and low for their dream jobs. You can almost feel the wealth of emotion that brings you back to your younger days when you thought all was possible, and that the ‘best of the best’ was right around the corner just waiting to appear.
Marcus has worked to become a pastor. He doesn’t want to be a local, countrified-gent; he wants to be able to be in a grand venue on a grand stage, offering council and enlightenment to masses of people. Amelia is a musician. She has earned her degree and works tirelessly at trying to find a place where she can play piano professionally and reach out to listeners across the world with her talent.
Things seem to be right at their fingertips and yet, oddly enough, their problems don’t really begin until Marcus is offered a pastor position in small town Nebraska. This is one of those moments in life where a decision must be made; a decision that may just test the strength of their relationship. Amelia is discouraged, sad, and a bit fearful that her dreams will go up in flames if they move away from L.A. just so Marcus can begin his journey to his eventual dream. While Amelia struggles, Marcus has to come to terms with his own ‘bad’ news that forces him to lean on God, and try to find a way to keep his new marriage together.
Readers, this is a truly captivating story which illuminates the power of God and the power of love all at the same time. Pick this one up!
Until next time,
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