Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Lyre and The Lambs, by Sydney Avey

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**I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

This is a sequel to The Sheepwalker's Daughter, but it works well as a stand alone story,which I can say with certainty as I did not read the first book. 

It's the Sixties. Modernity and tradition clash as two newlywed couples set up house together. Dee and her daughter Valerie move with their husbands into a modern glass house Valerie built in a proudly rural Los Altos, California, neighborhood. When their young relatives start showing up and moving in, the neighbors get suspicious. Then a body is found in the backyard and the life they are trying to build comes undone.

This was a story which kept me interested from beginning to end. While the Christian aspects weren't really "in your face," it was nice to read about a family who lives their beliefs and values on a daily basis. 

The family dynamics were very realistically portrayed, as were the issues with the neighbors. I could empathize with Dee as she dealt with each new upheaval and tried to help each younger family member through his or her trials and tribulations. 

I hope to read more by Sydney Avey in the future.

My rating: Four stars

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