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A Reluctant Melody by Sandra Ardoin

Title:  A Reluctant Melody
Author:  Sandra Ardoin
Pages:  352
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Heritage Beacon Fiction
My rating is 5+ stars.
Sandra’s first novel, The Yuletide Angel, was my introduction to a new author and a wonderful work of fiction.  Now she has expanded her storytelling talents with this new novel, bringing back a character from her first novel named Kit and giving readers a redemptive story filled with hope.  Kit is now a man on a mission along with his ministry partner named Ben.  Both Kit and Ben have had their own personal struggles with alcohol and have been redeemed by the grace of God.
Starting in Pittsburgh by opening a home to minister to men seeking to be free from the pull of liquor, Kit is in North Carolina with the hopes of opening another home for men desiring a fresh start.  What Kit doesn’t expect to happen is to meet the woman he left years earlier or the amount of cruel gossip that flows from several peoples’ mouths.
Sandra Ardoin again has written a tale that draws readers in to the various characters’ lives with all their loves, lies, losses and more.  Portrayed in a way that helps readers realize the depth of human depravity as well as the infinite love of God Sandra shows us the unending means God uses to capture our hearts again.  What shines brightest is how God can change us so radically it takes time for some to realize the truth of that change.
Another brilliant point of the book is showing through a couple of characters how the battle between the flesh and spirit can be a real bear.  Through the characters we see wise choices and foolish ones along with where the choices lead to.  I loved how characters reflected the need for deep and honest friendships while learning to live life even when others try to discredit or drag down the redeemed person.  The other truth is how some present God in a twisted and untruthful way such as Sylvie’s father did which took her years to realize the true God when she finally read the Bible.  Questions she has she takes to a preacher she knows she can trust and he shares other verses with her as well.
I highly recommend both books written by Sandra:  The Yuletide Angel and A Reluctant Melody.  They are simply outstanding!

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