Saturday, April 10, 2010

Sing-Lisa Bergren

Lisa Bergren
David C. Cook, Apr 28 2010, $14.99
ISBN: 9781434767073

After leaving her sister Odessa and new brother-in-law Bryce to Breathe together, in 1886 Moira St. Clair is stunned to learn her manager Max Foster has been embezzling her funds. She is near broke and Paris is not a cheap city for an American singer to live in. Heartbroken and distrustful, Moira heads home to Colorado while two men display interest in her on her journey.

Back in Colorado, Odessa and Bryce struggle to make a success of their horse ranch. However, the fierce winter is taken its toll on their livestock with many of their horses dying.

The third St. Clair sibling Dominic is known for his fierce brawling. With one sister married and the other in France singing, he goes to fulfill his dream of seeing the world, but instead has been taken captive on a ship with little hope of escape.

The second Homeward Trilogy (see Breathe) is a superb historical tale that continues to follow the adventures of the three St Clair siblings who have gone their separate ways after traveling together to Colorado due to Odessa’s consumption. The story line contains three obvious subplots with eventually the sister’s tales intertwining. Although lacking the intensity of Breathe, Sing is a strong late nineteenth century tale as each sibling’s saga is exhilarating while bringing alive the era.

Harriet Klausner


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