Book Review: Music of My Heart

Happy Friday, Reader Friends!

Can you believe it’s the first Friday of the new year? Tell us what diverse book you wish to read this 2019 in the comments!

Our first book review of the year is Music of My Heart by Sophia Isaac. Have you read it?


About the Book

Alyson believes her divorce is the end. Marcus wants to help mend her wounded faith. Will these friends become lovers or will the pressure to change cause their new friendship to crumble?

Alyson Stefanelli pushes everyone away. She’s convinced she is marked by her divorce and unworthy of love. The young mother of two is determined to start over on her own and doesn’t want help from anyone, especially not her good-looking temporary employee who reminds her of her ex. She must maintain tight control of her world, or risk everything falling apart. If life has taught her anything, it’s that you can’t depend on anyone but yourself.

Marcus Powell is a gifted musician who plans to write movie scores in Hollywood someday—but someday never seems to come. Instead, he’s still dodging his family’s expectations that he’ll take a pastorship in his father’s church.

When Marcus uses his talent to help Alyson on the job, their friendship blossoms. He sees how hurt she is and wants to help mend her wounded faith. He persuades her to spend Christmas with his large family so she and her sons won’t spend Christmas alone.

Over the holidays, their defenses break down, secrets come out, and the feelings between them grow stronger than either ever imagined.

But getting involved with a young mother will surely curtail Marcus’s Hollywood dreams. And Alyson refuses to let herself fall for someone again when it can only result in heart break.

Sometimes, a broken heart is a blessing in disguise.

Links: Amazon, Goodreads


My Thoughts

This was my first read by Ms. Isaac and it won’t be my last. I loved the faith thread that was woven into this story. It was tender with the hand prints of God.

I also loved that this was an interracial relationship. You don’t see that too often in writing so I always enjoy seeing how the authors handle that aspect. I think Ms. Isaac addressed stereotypes and misconceptions very well and I didn’t feel like it was contrived. In fact, I think it helped to see how sometimes we assume what the other is thinking and how it can be wrong. Everyone has a back story we’re not privy too.

All in all, the romance was sweet. The story engaging. And I look forward to book 2.


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Posted by contributor Toni Shiloh

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Music of My Heart

  1. This does sound good! I’m determined to read more diversity this year. One of my problems is that I don’t read ebooks so it’s hard to get indie or small press published books in print format in Canada. I use Book Depository and it seems hit and miss as to what is available there. Often, if it is it’s really expensive. Like this book is $26.95 Canadian which is pretty pricey for a paperback.

    I just finished reading A Cowboy at Shepherd’s Crossing by Ruth Logan Herne which releases this month. It is also about an interracial relationship. I love Ruthy’s books and this one zings. Plus (I hope I can say this here), the cover is fantastic — the hero actually looks like he is African American. I’ve found that the major publishers have tended toward toning down skin colour in books featuring diverse characters in the past.

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    1. Are you able to request your library to get the books in print for you? I wonder if it’s just a matter of exchange rate?

      Thanks for telling me about Ruth’s book! I didn’t realize she had an upcoming interracial relationship story coming out. You’re right, it’s obvious he’s AA and that’s a refreshing change.

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