12 November 2018

A Sweet Contemporary | Return of the Song by Phyllis Clark Nichols

Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for Return of the Song by Phyllis Clark Nichols, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

When Caroline lost her love, she lost the music too.

Caroline Carlyle’s dreams were crushed when her fianc√© died six weeks before their wedding. For years she wrestled with aching loss and shattered faith, struggling to find the inspiration that once came so easily. Abandoning her half-finished piano compositions, Caroline trades her old ambitions for the comfort and familiarity of life as the town’s piano teacher.

But Caroline’s world turns upside down when a mysterious stranger enters her life. Filled with courage and fresh purpose, Caroline embarks on a quest to track down the beloved, rare piano she played as a child. Her search leads her to Rockwater, the Kentucky estate of a wealthy gentleman, where Caroline finds her heart may be composing a surprising new song.

Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: September 18, 2018


Return of the Song begins Phyllis Clark Nichols’ The Rockwater Suite so sweetly. Following Caroline Carlyle as she grieves her tragic loss and begins to hope again, thanks music, a cast of interesting characters, and a bit of mystery, makes for a good, steady story. Though it does move a little slowly, at times, and it contains less romance than I initially expected, it is an enjoyable, heartwarming, uplifting read overall that I think other contemporary readers could enjoy, too. (Be forewarned, however, that the ending is not entirely satisfying, leaving several issues unresolved and open for the next book in series, releasing next year.) 


Thanks to JustRead Tours, I received a complimentary copy of Return of the Song and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Phyllis Clark Nichols’s character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.

Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane, she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and cofounder of a national cable network with health- and disability-related programming. Regardless of the role she’s playing, Phyllis brings creativity and compelling storytelling.

She frequently appears at conventions, conferences, civic groups, and churches, performing half-hour musical monologues that express her faith, joy, and thoughts about life—all with the homespun humor and gentility of a true Southern woman.

Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.


(1) winner will receive (US only)
a print copy of Christmas at Grey Sage
a print copy of Return of the Song

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the review on "Return of the Song" by Phyllis Clark Nichols and for being part of the blog tour.

    I'd love the opportunity to read this book and to explore how the cover fits into the storyline.
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