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Miracle at the Sideshow

An Astounding Novel of the First Infant Incubators.

New York City at the turn of the twentieth century is as captivating as it is macabre and as magnificent as it is barbaric, as young Sophie Rosenfeld is about to learn. She yearns for life beyond the dreary tenements, but losing all her family except for her fragile niece, Mercy, in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire has left her with little opportunity. Sophie has to save Mercy’s life, but to do so she must follow a mysterious man to the only place in the world that saves premature babies: Dr. Martin Couney and his Coney Island side show.

Even as society threatens to shut down Dr. Couney’s life-saving work for premature babies, Sophie joins him in fighting for their lives. Amidst the glittering menagerie of lights, astonishing sights, and her new friends, including the handsome acrobat, Nicholas, Sophie begins to find hope.

From the lavish, dangerous shores of Coney Island, to the harsh but at times tender tenement life, Sophie’s heart is split wide open by a roller coaster of unrelenting tragedies. Will Nicholas and her new friends be just the salve Sophie needs to help assuage her grief? Or will she be forced to return to a life that stifled her?

Against a backdrop of romance and unexpected escapades, Miracle at the Sideshow brings to life two back-to-back true stories of fire and injustice that shocked the nation into improving worker safety, and which led to techniques still used in neonatal intensive care units today to save the lives of premature babies.

What people are saying about Miracle at the Sideshow

“Once again, Amy Sorrells takes readers on an emotional ride that engages all the senses and touches every tender place in the heart. With rich characters, captivating settings, and fascinating historical details, Miracle at the Sideshow is a must-read.” — JULIE CANTRELL, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials 

“Fans of The Greatest Showman, rejoice! Amy K. Sorrells has penned a gritty, authentic, hopeful story that brought forth tears, laughter, and the beautiful reminder that beauty can indeed come from ashes. Amidst the tragic aftermath of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Miracle at the Sideshow is a story that reminds readers that miracles can still abound today—by everyday people acting in courage, risking their reputations, standing up for the marginalized, and pushing the boundaries of what might be safe and expected. A story that broke my heart and then stitched it back together. A gorgeous, satisfying read!”  –HEIDI CHIAVAROLI, author of Hope Beyond the Waves 

Miracle at the Sideshow is a magical, marvel-of-a-story about the wonder and value of life. With her signature prose and winsome characters, Amy Sorrells has created another fascinating novel based on real events. This time she takes us straight into the heart of historical New York and those who want to rescue premature babies before they are discarded as weaklings. With the flashy backdrop of Coney Island and blaze of two fatal fires, Sorrells weaves together threads of hope in seemingly impossible places. If you enjoyed The Greatest Showman, you’ll love reading about the grand vision of Dr. Martin Couney and the many miracles at his sideshow.” –MELANIE DOBSON, award-winning author of Catching the Wind and Memories of Glass

Oh, my goodness. Miracle at the Sideshow by Amy K. Sorrells is an absolute showstopper of a story! Rich in historical detail and beautifully rendered, this enthralling tale will tap into every emotion, impacting readers long after they’ve savored the final pages. I cheered for the “least of these” and wept with joy for the triumphant. This rousing fictional masterpiece, based on fact, is for the dreamers and the doers, the visionaries and the changemakers. Be prepared to dig in – once you begin reading, you won’t want to stop!” –CYNTHIA HERRON, award-winning author of Her Hope Discovered (Welcome to Ruby Series)

“I’ve been waiting a long time for a new book from Amy K. Sorrells, and it’s finally here! Inspiring and intriguing, Miracle at the Sideshow delivers a timely message of hope against all odds that your heart will not soon forget. I love stories about triumph rising from the ashes of tragedy, and I love stories based on real-life heroes of American history who fought for those who couldn’t fight for themselves. This book has it all.”  –KATIE POWNER, author of Where the Blue Sky Begins 

“I thoroughly enjoyed Sophie’s story. A delightful read, with dazzling prose that made me feel right in the center ring of this remarkable story, and one man’s dedication to life.” –SHELLIE RUSHING TOMLINSON, Belle of All Things Southern, author of Rocking It Grand: 18 Ways to Be a Game-Changing Grandma 


How Sweet the Sound: A Novel

A Southern tale of second chances.

Wealth and etiquette can hide a lot of things in the South, as the esteemed Harlan family of sleepy Bay Spring, Alabama, knows. But behind the gentle facade of white pillared porches and acres of cultivated pecan orchards, family secrets smolder.

Young Anniston Harlan cares little for high society and the rigid rules and expectations of her grandmother, Princella. She finds solace working the orchards alongside her father and grandfather, and relief in the cool waters of Mobile Bay.

Anniston’s aunt, Comfort Harlan, has never quite lived up to the family name, or so her mother Princella’s ever-apparent scowl implies. When she gleefully accepts the proposal of her longtime boyfriend, Solly, a flood tide of tragedy ensues that strips Comfort of her innocence and unleashes generations of family secrets, changing the Harlan family forever.

While Comfort struggles to recover, Anniston discovers an unlikely new friend from the seedy part of town who helps her try to make sense of the chaos. Together, they and the whole town of Bay Spring discover how true love is a risk, but one worth taking.

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…Sorrells will likely move many readers of faith, and she’s worth watching. “


Then Sings My Soul: A Novel

A haunting tale of escape and redemption.

1904, Chudniv, Ukraine. Playing hide-and-seek in bucolic fields of sunflowers, young Jakob never imagines the horrific secrets he will carry as he and his brother escape through genocide-ridden Eastern Europe.

1994, South Haven, Michigan. At age 94, time is running out for any hope that Jakob can be free from his burden of guilt.

When Jakob’s wife dies, he and his daughter, Nel, are forced to face the realities of his worsening dementia—including a near-naked, midnight jaunt down the middle of main street—as well as emerging shadows Nel had no idea lay beneath her father’s beloved, curmudgeonly ways.

While Nel navigates the restoration and sale of Jakob’s dilapidated lake house, her high school sweetheart shows up in town, along with unexpected correspondence from Ukraine. And when she discovers a mysterious gemstone in Jakob’s old lapidary room, Jakob’s condition worsens as he begins having flashbacks about his baby sister from nearly a century past.

As father and daughter race against time to discover the truth behind Jakob’s fragmented memories, the God they have both been running from shows that he redeems not only broken years, but also the 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.


Lead Me Home: A Novel

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.

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. “

More LEAD ME HOME REVIEWS:
Southern Literary Review
The Book Club Network
Book by Book
This Here Blog
Following the Golden Quill
Canadian Bookworm

Before I Saw You

Folks are dying fast as the ash trees in the southern Indiana town ravaged by the heroin epidemic where Jaycee Givens lives with nothing more than a thread of hope and a quirky neighbor, Sudie, who rescues injured wildlife. After a tragedy leaves her mother in prison, Jaycee is carrying grief and an unplanned pregnancy she conceals because she trusts no one, including the kind and handsome Gabe, who is new to town and to the local diner where she works.

Dividing her time between the diner and Sudie’s place, Jaycee nurses her broken heart among a collection of unlikely friends who are the closest thing to family that she has. Eventually, she realizes she can’t hide her pregnancy any longer—not even from the baby’s abusive father, who is furious when he finds out. The choices she must make for the safety of her unborn child threaten to derail any chance she ever had for hope and redemption. Ultimately, Jaycee must decide whether the truest form of love means hanging on or letting go.

Click the image to listen to Amy on Chris Fabry Live, in which we go to heart of the opioid crisis in America. We’ll talk about unplanned pregnancies and what do you do when you’ve been handed a messy life. Click the picture to listen to the recorded program any time.

Read Amy’s interview about Before I Saw You over at the Birthmoms Today blog.

Read Amy’s interview about Before I Saw You over at the Reading is My Superpower blog.

Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review:

Sorrells tells the faith-filled tale of a pregnant mother surrounded by opioid addiction who finds hope in the goodness around her. In rural southern Illinois, waitress Jaycee Givens is wracked with grief. Her infant sister has died of malnutrition, and her heroin-addicted mother has been sent to prison. Then Jaycee realizes she’s pregnant by her abusive on-and-off boyfriend. Luckily, she has friends to rely on: Sudie, her loyal elderly neighbor, who rescues injured animals, and Gabe, the sweet, handsome new guy in town, who frequently checks on her at the diner. Having been abandoned and abused, Jaycee takes Sudie’s lead and listens for the voice of God. In Sorrells’s steady hands, Jaycee’s pain is affecting but always tinged with hope. This fine novel is filled with believable, complex characters who face challenges with dignity, faith, and courage—and find no easy solutions. Readers will appreciate the uneasy marriage of tough reality and life-giving grace, and lose themselves in Sorrells’s understated but lyrical prose.”

“…all of it absolutely gripped me…” ~ Molly, book reviewer at Caffinated Reads

“This story tugged at my heart and stirred me to action. It’s impossible to read it and walk away unmoved.” ~ Amanda Geaney, book reviewer at Christian Shelf Esteem

“In reading her story, we can’t deny the humanity in it, nor can we avoid the divine.” ~ Michelle Thorne, author of Delivered and birth mother and advocate

“I enjoyed the romance part of this book. It got to the point I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to see how it turned out. I call it a must read.” ~ Linda Mueller, book reviewer  

“Sorrells’ latest contains heart-wrenching, emotion-filled scenes, and she skillfully tackles some difficult topics (including drug addiction, adoption and abortion). The fluid writing easily engages the reader, particularly drawing them to Jaycee. Sudie is a wise adviser, a woman of strong faith and a good friend (someone everyone needs in their life!). This moving tale goes by all too quickly.” ~Leslie L. McKee, for RT Book Reviews


40 Days of Hope for Healthcare Heroes

Written by a 29-year veteran RN, this beautiful gift book combines short stories from the front lines, “Breakroom Boosts” to encourage and energize, space to journal, and prayers that are quick enough to recite during handwashing—something that occurs multiple times a day. Healthcare workers across all continuums of care will want to read this book to rediscover the joy of their calling and as a balm of relief for their caregiver’s soul.

Click here to purchase in beautiful hardback, gift book binding.

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fireflies: poetry

Glimpses of light at the brusque and tender eventides of life.

In this, her debut poetry collection, a. k. sorrells combines the trademark lyrical prose she is known for with poignant images of seasons of motherhood, trauma, nature, and healing. From summers sweet as simple syrup and harsh winters, to echoes of cherished hymns and literature, the poems are infused with an intimacy never before revealed in her novels. Fireflies is a culmination of decades of work reflecting on redemption and asking as many questions as it attempts to answer.


Morning by Morning: Finding Peace in All Seasons

A one-of-a-kind photographic nature and devotional journal.

Combinations of breathtaking, full-color photography, complimenting Bible verses, and journaling prompts are woven together to inspire peace and joy in your daily walk with God.

Other features include: gratitude space for recording blessings; an entire section for tracking prayer requests; wide open space for writing/journaling. Perfect for small groups, peronsal use, online study, and more.

ROSS T. WAITT is a lifelong resident of rural Indiana. A graduate of Herron School of Art and Design, he has been interested in photography for most of his life, particularly in capturing the quiet moments that happen around us every day. Morning by Morning is his photographic debut. Compiled and edited by Amy K. Sorrells.

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