Christian Reviewer Amy Drown: SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT is ‘expertly crafted arrow that shoots straight for the heart’


Christian writer, editor, and blogger Amy Drown reviewed Barbara J. Taylor’s SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT this week. As a fan of the historical fiction genre, she described her expectations of reading the novel and critiqued it based on whether it met those expectations, various elements of craft, originality, and whether it would be appropriate for fans of Christian fiction.

Drown said: “Reminiscent of classics such as How Green Was My Valley or, more recently, the Hallmark Channel’s original dramatic series When Calls the Heart, this book is a must-read for fans of character-driven, authentic historical fiction,” adding, “This is the most original story I have read in a long, long time.”

Read the complete review here



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    Barbara Jones - July 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm Reply

    Please make sure Barbara Taylor gets this message. I am a librarian at American Library Association, so I read all the time! I love this book. I think there is a lot more to write about Scranton at this time. I would love to have continuation of the same era with the same characters. I don’t feel I’m done with them yet. I am fascinated by the Billy Sunday theme. You could continue with the impact of World War I. My grandmother didn’t drink and while my parents did have a cocktail once in a while, she always said that the temperance movement was important because women really suffered the most when their husbands drank the paycheck. I think this book shows that side of things. We tend to think of “teetotalers” disparagingly, but having alcoholism in my family, I have a different view. I am hoping to meet Barbara Taylor someday because I have a lot I’d love to ask her. But please, please write more about these characters and Scranton! I would love to see photos. Thanks, Barbara Jones

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