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Song of Renewal received glowing acclaim upon its hardcover release. Now, Emily Sue Harvey has dramatically expanded this extraordinarily touching work to allow us to experience its riches at new levels.The Wakefields seem to have everything. Garrison is a hugely successful graphic artist. Liza is an active member of the community and a patron of the arts. Their 16-year-olSong of Renewal received glowing acclaim upon its hardcover release. Now, Emily Sue Harvey has dramatically expanded this extraordinarily touching work to allow us to experience its riches at new levels.The Wakefields seem to have everything. Garrison is a hugely successful graphic artist. Liza is an active member of the community and a patron of the arts. Their 16-year-old daughter Angel is bright, beautiful, and a gifted dancer. At the same time, though, they have traded away many of their dreams. Garrison gave up a future as an accomplished painter to make money. Liza suspended her own dancing career to raise a family. And Angel is setting aside her ambitions to live her mother’s dream.When Angel gets into a car accident that kills her first love, the Wakefields’ lives turn on a dime. While Angel lies in a coma from which even the best prognosis is devastating, Garrison and Liza sit by her side, their once-passionate marriage in tatters. As their heartache over Angel builds, Garrison and Liza struggle to rediscover who they once were—and who they were meant to be. They come to realize that it will take everything they have within themselves to heal Angel, heal their hearts, and renew the power of their love.At once romantic, inspiring, and empowering, Song of Renewal is a rare bauble of a novel, one with something to say to every family....

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ISBN : 9781611880021
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Number of Pages : 300 Pages
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Song of Renewal Reviews

  • Karielle at Books à la Mode
    2018-12-01 07:00

    Blurb: The Wakefields seem to have everything. Garrison is a hugely successful graphic artist. Liza is an active member of the community and a patron of the arts. Their 16-year-old daughter Angel is bright, beautiful, and a gifted dancer. At the same time, though, they have traded away many of their dreams. Garrison gave up a future as an accomplished painter to make money. Liza suspended her own dancing career to raise a family. And Angel is setting aside her ambitions to live her mother's dream.When Angel gets into a car accident that kills her first love, the Wakefields' lives turn on a dime. While Angel lies in a coma from which even the best prognosis is devastating, Garrison and Liza sit by her side, their once-passionate marriage in tatters. As their heartache over Angel builds, Garrison and Liza struggle to rediscover who they once were -- and who they were meant to be. They come to realize that it will take everything they have within themselves to heal Angel, heal their hearts, and renew the power of their love.At once romantic, inspiring, and empowering, Song of Renewal is a rare bauble of a novel, one with something to say to every family.What Stephanie Thought: The premise of this book had so much potential. Even the blurb was heartbreaking. But the blurb is pretty much the best thing that happened.It wasn't that I didn't want to enjoy Song of Renewal. Honestly, it wasn't. But the character development was so weak, that it sort of happened on its own.Angel in the story, who the reader doesn't really get to know since she is comatose for the majority of it, is under the impression that her father doesn't love her. Emily Sue Harvey tries to make the point through Liza's (Angel's mother) words, that he is just stoic and nature, and that he loves Angel very much. But to me, Angel seemed pretty spot-on. In the prologue, is the scene of Angel's birth, and the first thing Garrison thinks when he sees the newborn is: Godammit, I wanted a son! That sort of tells you what his attitude is like throughout the entire book. No matter what he argues ("I DO love you, sweetheart") it makes it rather hard to believe.And then there is Liza. Harvey attempts to create Liza as a beautiful, ethereal mother-figure, but she's just about the last person I would want as a mother. Just about as egotistic as Garrison, possibly even more, she forces Angel to become a "dancer" (read, bulimic) her whole life, failing to see the reluctance in the child's eyes until AFTER she is on her deathbed.The characters were too self-absorbed and oblivious for me to really enjoy this story. Nonetheless, I finished it because it was an easy read. It drew out seemingly unimportant scenes (4/5 of the novel was Liza and Garrison's inner battles that involved them talking to themselves a lot) but it wasn't painful to finish or anything. I really expected to like it, and for the most part, the plot was really genuine, but Harvey's writing style just disappointed me.Stephanie Loves: "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them." (quote by Henry David Thoreau)Where Stephanie Got It: The Story Plant via Jen at Romancing the Book for review.Radical Rating: 6 hearts- Would recommend to people. ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • Laura
    2018-12-08 14:00

    I got this book via First Reads. The story was ok. As another reviewer stated, it did seem a little rushed. But I didn't mind that because it just wasn't my cup of tea. I was thrown off by the whole "horrible & dangerous birth" cliche & couldn't get over it. (By the way, it's a cesarean birth & not a Cesarian birth.) I have a low tolerance for the "birth is so dangerous" shtick that so many people use. It's actually terribly uncommon for a young woman to need a radical hysterectomy after giving birth. And WHY was it necessary here? It was just stated as fact. It was gimmicky. And the cliches didn't end there. The story had nice bones, but the little bit of flesh that was there was tired and old. It just wasn't my sort of book.

  • Melissa Frame
    2018-11-17 10:11

    Good story with a happy endingI totally enjoyed this book. Happiness, sadness, and self reflection. I would suggest to anyone looking for a good read

  • Romancing the Book
    2018-12-02 12:18

    Review by StephanieBlurb: The Wakefields seem to have everything. Garrison is a hugely successful graphic artist. Liza is an active member of the community and a patron of the arts. Their 16-year-old daughter Angel is bright, beautiful, and a gifted dancer. At the same time, though, they have traded away many of their dreams. Garrison gave up a future as an accomplished painter to make money. Liza suspended her own dancing career to raise a family. And Angel is setting aside her ambitions to live her mother's dream.When Angel gets into a car accident that kills her first love, the Wakefields' lives turn on a dime. While Angel lies in a coma from which even the best prognosis is devastating, Garrison and Liza sit by her side, their once-passionate marriage in tatters. As their heartache over Angel builds, Garrison and Liza struggle to rediscover who they once were -- and who they were meant to be. They come to realize that it will take everything they have within themselves to heal Angel, heal their hearts, and renew the power of their love.At once romantic, inspiring, and empowering, Song of Renewal is a rare bauble of a novel, one with something to say to every family.What Stephanie Thought: The premise of this book had so much potential. Even the blurb was heartbreaking. But the blurb is pretty much the best thing that happened.It wasn't that I didn't want to enjoy Song of Renewal. Honestly, it wasn't. But the character development was so weak, that it sort of happened on its own.Angel in the story, who the reader doesn't really get to know since she is comatose for the majority of it, is under the impression that her father doesn't love her. Emily Sue Harvey tries to make the point through Liza's (Angel's mother) words, that he is just stoic and nature, and that he loves Angel very much. But to me, Angel seemed pretty spot-on. In the prologue, is the scene of Angel's birth, and the first thing Garrison thinks when he sees the newborn is: "Godammit, I wanted a son!" That sort of tells you what his attitude is like throughout the entire book. No matter what he argues ("I DO love you, sweetheart") it makes it rather hard to believe.And then there is Liza. Harvey attempts to create Liza as a beautiful, ethereal mother-figure, but she's just about the last person I would want as a mother. Just about as egotistic as Garrison, possibly even more, she forces Angel to become a "dancer" (read, bulimic) her whole life, failing to see the reluctance in the child's eyes until AFTER she is on her deathbed.The characters were too self-absorbed and oblivious for me to really enjoy this story. Nonetheless, I finished it because it was an easy read. It drew out seemingly unimportant scenes (4/5 of the novel was Liza and Garrison's inner battles that involved them talking to themselves a lot) but it wasn't painful to finish or anything. I really expected to like it, and for the most part, the plot was really genuine, but Harvey's writing style just disappointed me. http://www.romancing-the-book.com/201...

  • Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
    2018-11-16 14:10

    Guilt, the inability to forgive, and hope are strong elements that influence much of the action in Song of Renewal. Two intelligent, talented, beautiful people find each other and a “soul mate” kind of love. Liza and Garrison Wakefield’s insatiable love for each other creates their precious child Angel. Theirs is a special family, but the mundane demands press in. Subtle changes creep into their lives. Both Liza and Garrison give up a part of themselves for what they believe to be the greater good. Liza gives up ballet, her great love and talent, while Garrison gives up his art, his great love and talent. Both denied themselves the very thing that nurtured their inner beings.In Garrison’s drive to make money in order to maintain their life style, he becomes absorbed in work. He distances himself from Angel and Liza just the way his parents had distanced themselves from him, something he vowed he would never do. The price he pays for this shatters his world. How he copes with the devastation pulls the reader into a maelstrom of emotions that crash and bang through Garrison’s heart and soul. Liza, determined to never abandon Angel like her mother had abandoned her, becomes a stay-home mom and an overbearing backstage mother. She fails to see that Angel hates ballet even though she works hard to please her mother. Liza is unaware she lives through her daughter and she looks to Garrison to take care of their material needs never noticing the strain he is in. Neither of them nurtures their love for each other that has curled up deep inside starving for attention. Angel’s tragedy is the catalyst that sets this emotional, introspective, heartbreaking story in motion. The guilt and inability to forgive hampers their struggle to reconnect with the inner self, with faith, with each other. Song of Renewal touches emotions that range from the darkest to the brightest. The secondary characters create stories of their own as they support Liza, Garrison and Angel. Penny, Angel’s true friend who stays through thick and thin, adds sparkle to often dark times. Troy, with a special love and situation, gives Angel incredible support and spiritual courage with such great love—makes the heart sing.Liza’s sister Charlcy is that pillar of strength that protected Liza as a child and gives her unconditional love as an adult. Outspoken, unforgiving, and fighting her own demons, Charlcy’s has a special story all her own, that adds a poignant dimension to the theme of ‘renewal’ that is a strong, ever-present thread throughout the story. Emily Sue Harvey takes the reader on a remarkable journey into the hearts and souls of very caring characters that struggle with coming to terms with their flaws, with repentance, with forgiving, and acceptance. The characters’ hard won happiness shines with love, making Song of Renewal a beacon of hope—a compelling story. originally posted at http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

  • Melody
    2018-12-13 10:03

    I have not read a good inspirational novel for a while, so when I was offered the opportunity to review Song of Renewal by Emily Sue Harvey, I grabbed it. Song of Renewal centered around the Wakefields' family, whose all members seem to have everything. Garrison, the head of the family is a hugely successful graphic artist and his wife, Liza is an active member of the community and a patron of the arts. Their 16-year-old daughter, Angel, is beautiful and a gifted dancer. Before this, Garrison and Liza used to have their dreams - to be an accomplished painter and a ballet dancer but they traded their dreams away, thinking that things and their current lifewould be enough to hold a family together. Plus, they have high hopes for Angel and Liza has hoped that Angel would fulfill her dream to become a ballet dancer. Unfortunately, all things seem to come to a halt when Angel has met in a car accident. Her boyfriend, Troy, was killed instantly and Angel's injuries are beyond critical. While she lies in a coma from which even the best prognosis is devastating, the relationship between Garrison and Liza became strained. While Liza blamed herself in a way for letting Angel and Troy left for a concert on a rainy night, she is also hoping that she would lent some support from Garrison but his anger and resentment got into the way. But seeing the critical stage Angel is facing and their heartache over her builds, Garrison and Liza began to question themselves and at the same time, struggle to rediscover who they once were and who they were meant to be. They discover that besides praying for Angel, the other only way they could do for her is to focus all their strength and love to help heal Angel, meanwhile also refocusing their relationship and bringing back the faith and to forgive each other. Song of Renewal is a great inspirational story without being preachy. Reading this story has made me appreciate my life and my family more than ever. Each family has its story, and no matter how good or bad life is, it always takes trust, faith and love in building and making the bonds stronger, and of course, not forgetting forgiveness and commitment. I also liked how the story is nicely wrapped up in the end. After all, one must not loses hope and through the miracles and the power of love, one would expect his ray of rainbow after every storm. Don't you think so?

  • Diane
    2018-11-25 07:26

    In The Song of Renewal, by Emily Sue Harvey, Liza and Garrison Wakefield seem to be the perfect couple. Garrison is a talented graphic artist, and Liza is a stay-at-home mom. Liza is active in the community and a patron of the arts. Each of them had other dreams for themselves -- Liza wanted to be a ballet dancer, and Garrison wanted to become an accomplished artist. Instead, they married, gave up those dreams, and had a child. Now their life revolves around their 16 year old, gifted daughter Angel. She is beautiful, and a gifted dancer.Life is good for the Wakefields until one rainy night when Liza allows Angel to go to a concert with him boyfriend Troy. Garrison had already told Angel that she could not go. There is a car accident, and the comes that dreaded knock at the door, the one most parents of teenagers have feared at one time or another. The couple is told that their daughter is in critical condition and in a coma, and that Troy was killed instantly.This life changing event tests the Wakefield's already shaky marriage even more. Liza begins to question herself, and play the "what if" game, after she went against her husband's wishes that fateful night. The couple retreats to separate rooms, pursues separate interests. Liza pursues her ballet, and Garrison his painting. However, peace, and acceptance only seem to come when the two of them are together by their daughter's bedside.Song of Renewal is certainly an inspirational story of faith, hope and renewal. The cover art is gorgeous. A very short book, fewer than 150 pages, that did send a powerful message. Personally, I was a bit disappointed by the lack of any surprise element whatsoever.

  • Cheryl Malandrinos
    2018-11-26 11:17

    A touching, heartfelt story of forgiveness and love can be found in "Song of Renewal" by Emily Sue Harvey. Garrison, Liza and Angel Wakefield seem like the perfect family. What no one knows is how they sacrificed their own dreams for this perfection. When a car accident leaves Angel in a coma, the false perfection begins to give way, and Garrison and Liza's marriage crumbles. Can they rediscover who they once were and help Angel heal? "Song of Renewal" is an inspirational story of one family's journey through a horrible tragedy that forces them to examine everything about the perfect life they created. Garrison and Liza both gave up things to gain this perfection; and even their daughter Angel is pursuing ballet only to please her mother. While Garrison and Liza are trying to find their way back to each other, Angel is hovering between life and death, with each passing day making the prognosis more grim. As a parent, I could totally relate to this aspect of the book, and the fear Angel's parents experience over the thought of losing her. The passages between a comatosed Angel and Troy, her boyfriend, who she doesn't know died in the car accident, were extremely touching, and proved to create a fulfilling and satisying conclusion. Both inspiring and empowering, "Song of Renewal" is a book that will be enjoyed by many.

  • Jo-Anne Puggioni
    2018-11-27 11:22

    Emily Sue Harvey's novel, 'Song of Renewal' was a page turner from start to finish. The book tells a story of a husband and wife who started off so much in love, but later find themselves very distant from each other. Garrison is an artist who runs his own graphic art business to provide for his family. Liza is a former dancer who loves her role as a stay at home mother of their only teenage daughter, Angel. When the daughter is involved in a car accident and her life hangs in the balance, the husband and wife must face their marriage and each other.The characters are authentic. There is no glossing over the problems they have in their marriage and in their hearts over dreams lost, and the anguish they feel over their teenage daughter lying in a hospital bed in a coma. During the course of the story, we follow their journey of discovering themselves, their marriage, forgiveness and dealing with the trauma of Angel's accident.I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I agree with what Jill Marie Landis (New York Times Bestselling author) says about this book: "An uplifting story of forgiveness, commitment, and love."http://www.princesswarriorlessons.com...

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    2018-12-16 13:07

    Warning-though not advertised as so, SONG OF RENEWAL is supposed to be "inspirational" (religious). I'd have never invested a minute in the book if I had known. SONG is a tale of compromised dreams. A father who uses his art talents commercially, mother who was once a ballerina, a daughter trying to please her mother thru dancing.When daughter Angel is in a coma from a car accident that killed her boyfriend, her parents must reconcile their own disappointments.From page one, this novel is filled with cliched phrases, and stunted dialogue. The family is almost one dimensional at the beginning of the story, do much do I almost didn't keep reading. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, or the plot, partially because the writing was inferior to what I expect from a polished novel, and partly due to the characters. I don't recommend this book.

  • Leah
    2018-12-13 06:03

    I loved the beginning. I was so drawn to the characters. My heart went out to both parents. Then towards the 40% of the book, it got so boring. It started talking about Liza's dad alot. There wasn't enough substance about the relationship growing. It also went on and on about the artwork and the dancing. Too much description took away from the storyline. I was telling others all about this book in the beginning of it, then towards the end I started telling people how it veered off from the beginning. The writing was all over the place too. It jumped from one time from the past to the future without too much warning which had me have to reread certain sections. Overall, not a great book and could have been better.

  • Sarah (Workaday Reads)
    2018-12-07 09:10

    This is such a painfully personal story. Almost everything emotionally and physically painful happens to someone in the story, but it nevers seems overdone or excessive.I was taken on an emotional rollercoaster that was firmly in the sad side in the beginning, and only reached happiness near the end. Reading the book, I was near the end before I was able to believe or understand the cover quote about the book being "uplifting" and "heartwarming".Overall, I'd suggest this book if you want a quick but hard hitting story. I'd suggest keeping some tissues nearby, just in case, and be prepared for emotional overload. It's well worth it though.

  • Tina on the Hill
    2018-12-12 14:16

    I enjoyed "Song of Renewal". This story encouraged laughs, sighs and several tears from me. Quick and intense, I found myself on an emotional roller-coaster ride that left me feeling refreshed and satisfied. As a fan of happy endings, I was not disappointed!I must acknowledge this book was received through Goodreads First Reads. I am so very pleased to have received a copy. As this is not my usual type of reading material, I doubt I would have purchased one. I would not have known what I was missing.

  • Lorraine0528
    2018-11-23 13:59

    This is not a literary masterpiece. However, it deserves high praise. This book was thought provoking, gripping, intelligent and uplifting. It was inspirational. How many novels can you say that about? I love the way it focuses so much on a marriage, and then switches over to focusing on one of the characters. I noticed the book has some religious overtones once I was about 1/4 of the way through it. Usually this might put me off. However, it was not overdone or preachy. Really glad I read this book.

  • Fiona
    2018-11-25 09:05

    This was a free kindle book and not a bad read. The Wakefields have the perfect life on the surface, but their marriage is crumbling and their daughter unhappy that she is being forced to live her life through her mum. When an accident leaves Angel in a critical state Garrison and Liza are forced to review their marriage and their plans if and when Angel recovers. The story focuses on how they attempt to repair their marriage and focus solely on their daughter. An ok read if you haven't much else to get on with!

  • Hilary
    2018-12-07 12:22

    This was an easy read, but .... There were lots of cheesy moments, and also lots of repetition as far as the characters thoughts and feelings went. One of the parts that really irritated me was when Garrison and Liza were discussing potato salad. Liza confessed that she was just going to buy the potato salad from the deli, and Garrison complained that buying it from the deli would be too expensive. Ok.... They live in a house they call "a manse", and drive a jaguar.

  • Chris
    2018-12-06 14:22

    I just cannot get into this book. I don't relate to the mother at all...not in just her reaction to her daughter's situation but how she is handling the whole thing. I can't seem to care where the story is going or if there is indeed "renewal", I just am not interested. And why does the mom's sister have this folksy, down-homey southern speech and she doesn't? I don't know, maybe I'll pick it back up in awhile, but I doubt it, I think I am finished.

  • Josephine
    2018-11-26 08:27

    I downloaded this from Amazon, luckily for free. Honestly, if I could give this book minus stars then I would. I don't think I have ever read such utter tripe in my entire life. Seriously, the only positive thing to come from reading this is that I actually now believe I could get a book deal! What a waste of my time.

  • Cate
    2018-12-10 06:25

    cried my way through the book!! Lisa and Garrison have grown apart over the years until their daughter suffers a terrible accident. Through it all they learn how to forgive, love and move on as one as they cling together to save their daughter. It is often through trial and tragedy that we learn the most about ourselves.

  • Mel
    2018-12-13 12:28

    This book was deeply emotional. I enjoyed it very much. The only fault I can find is that the author went a little too far with the happy endings. Some of the plot conflicts should have been left unresolved. Other than that, I like the format...seeing the story from the victim and the survivors points of view.

  • Megan
    2018-11-15 10:04

    3.5 stars. Poignant story that explores one couple's marital problems during their child's medical crisis. Well-written but almost too many miseries to be addressed purposefully in a single book. Also, while I appreciated the author's mention of faith, it seemed to come too late in the book. Overall, good first novel

  • Sonia
    2018-11-29 07:04

    The first half of this book was extremely depressing. However, the second half more than made up for it. Loved the way the main characters worked through their trials rather than just give up. They stayed true to each other despite the trials.

  • Beth
    2018-12-03 12:02

    A great book...a story of commitment, love, hope, faith, forgiveness and finding one's own personal truth after tragedy. An emotional story that will bring Hope to any situation you are facing that seems hopeless.

  • Hillary
    2018-11-18 09:58

    not worth the price (which was free). vaguely religious undertones. poor characterizations. completely predictable. Emily Sue Harvey, my deepest apologies for I am sure it is painful to read this kind of review. But this was not good writing. I'm so sorry.

  • LJ
    2018-11-20 13:14

    A little hard to get through - wasn't particularly good at holding my attention.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-22 06:22

    The author uses a lot of words but never seems to say anything.

  • Tasha
    2018-11-29 13:25

    Just won this book and I can't wait to receive it so I can read and review it.Thanks Good Reads!

  • Sarah
    2018-11-26 14:13

    Writing is okay, but not good enough to carry a novel that's basically internal dialogue of unremarkable characters. It tries to be messy, but just ends up tidy, predictable, and mostly flat.

  • Lynne Baum
    2018-11-24 09:04

    This book is a must read. Not the usual romanc-y junk. Thought provoking and faith based.

  • Babs
    2018-11-28 14:03

    Really makes you stop and think about living each moment day by day!