Thank you for your interest in Amy’s novels.

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Please enjoy the synopses and editorial reviews below.

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Amid open fields and empty pews, small towns can crush big dreams.

Abandoned by his no-good father and forced to grow up too soon, Noble Burden has set his dreams aside to run the family farm. Meanwhile, James Horton, the pastor of the local church, questions his own calling as he prepares to close the doors for good.

As a severe storm rolls through, threatening their community and very livelihood, both men fear losing what they care about most . . . and reconsider where they truly belong.

(Available May 1, 2016 at favorite booksellers everywhere.)

From RT Book Reviews:

A deep novel full of real struggle and strong emotions. Sorrells doesn’t skirt around hard issues, instead she acknowledges the messy realities of life in a way that readers relate to. James Horton’s struggle in identity and self-worth while losing his church is something that is often not recognized, and Sorrells does a fantastic job bringing it to the forefront. Engaging, well written and profound, Lead Me Home is a novel that both challenges and uplifts readers. – See more at: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/lead-me-home-1

More LEAD ME HOME REVIEWS:

RT Book Reviews
Straight Off the Page
Tyndale Blog Network (several listed here)
The Book Club Network
Book by Book
This Here Blog
Following the Golden Quill
Canadian Bookworm
Loving the Chaos

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A haunting tale of escape and redemption.

When Nel Stewart returns home due to the sudden death of her mother, she realizes her beloved father, Jakob, is struggling with dementia.

With the reappearance of a high-school sweetheart, deliveries from Ukraine addressed to her mother, and the discovery of a mysterious, vintage aquamarine gemstone, Nel senses God is pulling her into the past to restore their faith and their futures. Told partially through Jakob’s flashbacks of fleeing genocide-ridden eastern Europe at the turn of the twentieth century, the novel combines elements of mystery, history, faith and romance to reveal how God redeems the broken years … and our future.

Read this article in More to Life Magazine for some of the inspiration behind this novel: Final Chapters.

Library Journal Review, 02/01/2015:

When Nel returns home owing to her mother’s unexpected death, she realizes that her father, Jakob, is in the beginning stages of dementia. Overwhelmed by guilt at her extended absence, she vows to stay as long as her father needs her. It is a difficult journey through grief for both of them. In the healing process, Jakob confides in Nel about his past: his flight from Eastern Europe and the loss of his family to genocide. When Nel finds letters her mother received while researching her husband’s family, she continues probing the past, eventually discovering startling things about herself and her father’s history that will change their futures. VERDICT Flashing back between the present and Jakob’s past, Sorrells (How Sweet the Sound) stitches together a beautiful story of family and belief that illustrates the importance of closure and the peace derived from faith. Recommended for readers interested in realistic fiction in the style of Kate Breslin, Kristy Cambron, and Chris Bohjalian.

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A Southern tale of second chances.

 From a distance, the Harlans appear to be the perfect Southern family. Wealth and local fame mask the drama and dysfunction swirling through their family line. But as the summer heats up, a flood tide of long hidden secrets surface.
Devastation from a rape followed by the murder of two family members brings three generations of the Harlans together on their pecan plantation in Bay Spring, Alabama. Chief among them is Anniston, who by the time she turned thirteen thought she’d seen it all. But as her heart awakens to the possibility of love, she begins to deal with her loneliness and grief.

This tender coming-of-age tale, inspired by the story of Tamar in 2 Samuel 13, shows how true healing and hope comes only from God. Though our earthly family can wound and disappoint, our heavenly Father brings freedom to those long held captive through His mercy and grace.

Publishers Weekly review, 01/13/2014:

Debut inspirational novelist Sorrells opens her story powerfully, with a rape and double murder within the Harlan family, who grow pecans in Bay Spring, Ala. This strong stuff is Southern gothic, but it’s also biblical, a retelling of the story of Tamar, who is raped by her brother, a son of King David. The story of this event and its tangled consequences is narrated alternately by Anniston, who is 13 and has seen her father murdered, and her aunt Comfort, the rape victim. The family’s secrets emerge, even as healing, propelled by faith, begins. Sorrells’s ambitious work has beautiful elements, chief among them the strong voice of Anniston. Others need work: Princella, the Harlans matriarch, could use more development and subtlety, and so could the prose (“The haze of quiet sunlight floated into the room like a slow dance between dreaming and waking up”). Sorrells will likely move many readers of faith, and she’s worth watching. Agent: Sarah Freese, WordServe Literary Agency. (Mar.)
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Twenty-nine Indiana authors write about their love of books, bookstores, and reading. Proceeds from the book support Indianapolis adult literacy program, Indy Reads.

Amy’s contribution is a short story called, “Finding Eudora.”

The collection features bestselling authors John Green, Will Shortz, Dan Wakefield, Cathy Day and John David Anderson, Victoria Barrett, Frank Bill, Ray Boomhower, Mary Susan Buhner, Lorene Burkhart, Michael Dahlie, Cathy Day, Carol Faenzi, Terence Faherty, Lou Harry, Liza Hyatt, Angela Jackson-Brown, Lyn Jones, Jeff Knurek & David Hoyt, Karen Kovacik, Norbert Krapf, Bonnie Maurer, Susan Neville, Barb Shoup, Amy Sorrells, Gordon Strain & Dianne Moneypenny, Larry Sweazy, and Ben Winters. It was edited by M. Travis DiNicola and Zach Roth.