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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How Sweet the Sound by Vanessa Miller (Review)

How Sweet the Sound

by Vanessa Miller

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Genre- Christian / Fiction / Historical  
Published by- Abingdon Press 
Copyrighted- 2014
Number of pages- 288
Age Group- Adult
Description of book-
paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN: 978-1-4267-4928

In How Sweet the Sound, by Vanessa Miller, Shar Gracey first has to decide whether or not to go on tour with Thomas A. Dorsey and Mahalia Jackson or stay at home and perhaps become engaged to her pastor.

She decides to go on tour, because the money she will make will help take care of her mother’s medical care.  She did not realize though that the 1930s United States may not be friendly to the gospel choir, especially in the South.  She also did not expect to meet Nicoli James who would mistreat and use her.

She returns to Chicago because of James, but will Pastor Landon still be there for her?  What about her mother’s health and bills?

About the Author- Vanessa Miller currently lives with her family in North Carolina.  She is a playwright, motivational speaker, and author.  She can be reached at

My Thoughts- I thought How Sweet the Sound, by Vanessa Mille, was really interesting.  I thought the story about Shar Gracey was important as she was the main character in the story and had to deal with her mother’s health, the lack of interest from Pastor Landon, and the way she was treated on the tour, but I found the historical parts equally important.

I am from a small town in the Rocky Mountains and my historical interests are in Western History, primarily 1800s, so I knew nothing of the Restrictive Covenants or the Black Belt of Chicago.  I had no idea that life was so difficult in the 1930s for African Americans in the Northern States.  After I read this book I spent some time researching it and found out it took place in other large cities, not just Chicago.  I would like to thank Vanessa Miller for bringing to light a part of American history that I knew nothing about.

You all need to read this book to learn how Shar learns to overcome her situations and for an American history lesson.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received How Sweet the Sound, by Vanessa Miller, for free from Abingdon Press.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

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