The Song by Chris Fabry

Book description:

Jed King’s life has been shaped by the songs and mistakes of his famous father. He wants to sing his own song, but the words and melody are elusive. Haunted by the scars inflicted by his broken family, Jed’s dreams of a successful music career seem out of reach . . . until he meets Rose.

As romance quickly blooms, Jed pens a new song and suddenly finds himself catapulted into stardom. But with this life of fame comes temptation, the same temptation that lured his father so many years ago.

Set in the fertile mid-South, this quest for success leads Jed and Rose on a journey that will force them to deal with the pain of loss, failure, and the desire to be who God created them to be.

Lyrical and deeply honest, The Song asks the hard questions of love and forgiveness. When even the wisest of men are fools in love, can true love persevere?

My review:

This is one of those rare romance books that I wasn’t sure what was going to happen at the end.  I honestly didn’t know if Jed and Rose were going to make it or not, and that made the book really interesting to read.  It actually isn’t so much of the typical stories of guy meets girl, falls in love, and lives happily ever after as it is a story of the real-life struggle to maintain a marriage for a lifetime.

The strongest part of this book is the characters and the relationship between them.  I felt like Fabry did a great job in making the characters easy to relate to and care about, even when we see them making mistakes and hating the choices they choose.  The facets of Jed and Rose’s relationship can be seen in many households across the world on a daily basis, as well as the challenges that many women face of caring for their children and worrying about their parents at the same time.  It made Rose a very sympathetic character for me.

The only criticism I have about the book is that the ending was too abrupt for me.  I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the process of recovery and seen the struggle of forgiveness.  However, my small criticism certainly wasn’t enough to make me not enjoy the book.  This is definitely one of my favorite books by Fabry.

If you haven’t read Fabry before, this is an excellent one to start with.  It makes me want to see the movie and delve deeply into the book of Song of Solomon.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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