I’ve had the most amazing week! Last Monday I picked up Sharon Hinck’s newest release, Symphony of Secrets. Less than 24 hours later I had finished the book and was hungry for more of Sharon’s work. So, in the last week I have not only read the afore mentioned novel, I’ve also read The Restorer, The Restorer’s Son, and The Restorer’s Journey! Sadly, I’ve now read everything Sharon has published and will have to wait for her next book. For the next four days I have to tell you about these books though.
Symphony of Secrets is a lighthearted mystery that is captivating. Talented fluteist Amy Johnson’s dreams come true when she wins a spot witht he Minneapolis Symphony. But this amateur sleuth has trouble eoncentrating on the notes as she begins to see devious motives behind her fellow musicians’ many mishaps. Meanwhile, her musically taltented teenage daughter wants to give it all upf or-gasp- the cheerleading squad. What’s a musical mom to do? Can Amy fine-tune her investigation before the symphony is forced to close and she loses not only her dream job but her promising new relationship with the conductor?
There are several things that popped in this book for me. One is that it takes place in good ol’ Minnesota. It was really fun for me to read about places that I’ve been to or know of. Sharon does fictionalize a few places for obvious reasons. It was delightful to see how Sharon wove musical terms and metaphors into the story. I learned so much about the life of a musican artist! I was especially appreciative of the way Sharon described Amy’s internal and external struggles as a single mom. Having been a single mom for a period of my life, I was mesmerized by the accuracy of Sharon’s descriptions.
Symphony of Secrets is an excellent summer read for when you want to be enveloped in hope, humor and a light mystery.
I’ll be posting again tomorrow, but in the mean time, get to know my friend Sharon at her website!