The Best People In The World!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Can You Hear The Music? ~ Review and Giveaway

"Listen, son, can you hear the music?"

"What music, Pa? I don't hear anything."

"Stand quiet and listen. Hear the wind singing through the trees, the birds whistling from the meadow and, if you listen really close, you can hear the brook laughing as it runs across the rocks and spills down the hill. That's the music I'm talking about...the music of life. No matter how big or important you may feel when you get older, I hope you will always take the time to stop and listen to that music."

"I don't understand. Those are just ever'day sounds you hear all the time."

"True, they are everyday sounds, but we don't always hear them because we take them for granted. It's the same with people. They are always there but we take them for granted and that is what saddens my heart, for I am as guilty as the rest." He sighed and shook his head. "Listen to the frog. His song is not as beautiful as the bird's and he is truly an ugly creature to you and me, but in his own way he contributes to that music of life. What I am really trying to say, son, is that no matter how insignificant and small a man may seem, he has that right to contribute and he is just as important."

In the novel, Can You Hear The Music by Sandra Farris, the reader is in for a delightful surprise when they begin this story in the life of Corey James, a young nine-year-old girl who finds herself left orphaned in 1919 when a tragic car accident claims the life of both her parents. Her Uncle, George and his wife Lizzie take Corey in, but soon is seems the Corey finds herself the target of abuse from Lizzie. Faced with emotional and physical abuse, Corey finds herself not wanted and it hurts her deeply. Knowing only that she doesn't like being hurt anymore, she takes her small dog Muffin and slips away into the night searching for love and acceptance in the form of anyone who can provide it.

Lucky for Corey that she has disguised herself as a young boy to avoid being found by her Aunt and Uncle, and finds the most unlikely friend in the form of a hobo named Andy Curruthers. Andy relates to Corey's situation being orphaned at the age of ten and vows to help him learn the ways of life traveling the rails and seeing the world.

I received this novel compliments of Sandra Farris for my honest review and was so enraptured by this story, I could not put it down once I started. She demonstrates the talents of a great story teller in creating the characters of Corey and Andy. You can't help but wish for them to remain together throughout the book and along the way, they both learn a thing or two about forgiveness and unconditional love. There are a host of lovable supporting characters, Gus Thatcher, Lord Mayor, Injun and even Muffin, her delightful dog who never leaves Corey side no matter how dark things get. I would love to see someone pick this one up and create a beautiful movie from it, and in my opinion this one deserves so much more than my usual 5 out of 5 stars. I would rate this one a 10!

For more information on Can You Hear The Music, Sandra Farris, or where to pick up a copy of this beautiful story today, please click on the links below:

You can also join Sandra on Facebook by clicking here.

Thanks to the generosity of Sandra Farris, she's got an extra special surprise for one lucky reader of my blog, Reviews From The Heart, she's going to giveaway a personalized copy of this book for you. Here are your details:

1. "Like" my Facebook page, Reviews From The Heart and leave me a comment.

2. Be a resident of the US or have a US shipping address. Please No P.O. Boxes.

3. Click on the "Like" button for Sandra's book on Amazon, by clicking here. It's next to the title.

4. Leave a comment below telling me why you'd love to win a copy of this book along with your email address. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

The winner will be notified by email and posted on my Reviews From The Heart Facebook page when the giveaway ends on July 23rd.


  1. This sounds like a wonderful story.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  2. I would love to read this book. It sounds like a really wonder story. I am a follower and email subscriber. I like your page. Please enter me in contest.

  3. I want to win because this sounds like an amazing story. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I like Reviews From The Heart on fb-mamabunny shelor
    (left a comment)
    I clicked the Like button for Sandra's book on Amazon
    U.S. Resident

    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  4. This book sounds amazing. I know the book trailer was and I'm sure the book will live up to it. I'd love to win a copy. carolstewart60athotmaildotcom

  5. I would love a chance to read this one, the cover really caught my eye and the story sounds intriguing. I liked your facebook page and also clicked on the like button over at kittycrochettwo at msn dot com

  6. Hi! I've met Sandra on Facebook and have become friends with her there, though I've never met her personally. I have watched the video trailer to the book and it is superb and got my attention right away. I want to read this book!:) I currently am preparing to read a book from her now and am excited about it. Sandra is a very intelligent and talented writer. I wish her the best of luck in her future!!


Please share with me your comments. I love to know what touched you about this post or how it has blessed you in any way.