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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.

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.

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.

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

Renew your faith and focus, and rededicate yourself to the profession you love. There’s hope for your weary feet and exhausted soul! Healthcare workers are suffering from their own epidemic of burnout and moral injury as a result of dwindling resources and being overworked. To care for patients, you need to find ways to take care of yourself. In 40 Days of Hope for Healthcare Heroes you’ll find inspirational readings and prayers to help renew your faith and focus, center your heart, and inspire you to rededicate yourself to the medical career you love.

Written by a 27-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.

Buy in BULK, for healthcare providers, medical and nursing students/graduates, and more:


fire flies: poetry

A debut poetry collection, available now!

Fireflies.

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