Meet Debut Novelist, Amy Sorrells

I hope y’all had a fabulous Mardi Gras! I also hope you didn’t give up good books for Lent because today I’m introducing you to a fabulous new author, Amy Sorrells, whose debut novel, How Sweet the Sound, releases this week.

And how sweet it this? Amy is sharing a special recipe with us today! (So I hope you didn’t give up desserts either.)

Welcome, Amy!

AKS-189Thanks, Julie. I’m excited to be on the Southern Belle View porch today.

What teases the palate with a sure taste of the South besides pecans?  Mention the nut to a complete stranger, and they’ll soon be crooning over Aunt Mary or Uncle Charlie or Great Grandma Emmaline, who most certainly made the “best pecan pie in the world.”

And so, what better way to introduce Southern Belle View readers to my debut novel, How Sweet the Sound, but with a pecan recipe? It is a story, after all, set on a pecan farm on the southwest edge of Alabama, in a fictional town called Bay Spring. (Those familiar with the area will be reminded of Fairhope and Magnolia Springs, Alabama.)

From a distance, the Harlans, who have owned the pecan farm for generations, appear to be the perfect Southern family. But wealth and local respect mask the dysfunction swirling through their family line. As the summer of 1980 heats up, long hidden secrets surface, not only on the farm, but in the entire coastal community.

Devastation from a rape followed by the murder of two Harlan family members brings three generations of the family together. Chief among them is Anniston Harlan, 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 Southern 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 is ever-present and always good.

Ernestine, Anniston’s Haitian nanny, teaches her about cooking, loving, and the healing power of redemption. Some of her recipes are featured in the back of the book. This one, however, for Ernestine’s To-Die-For Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns, I’m sharing only with Southern Belle View readers today. Follow this link to find your recipe for Ernestine’s Rolls.

Thank you for inviting me to your front porch. I hope you’ll enjoy both the sticky buns and How Sweet the Sound. If so, please be sure to share them both with a friend.

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Julie Cantrell

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author at Harper Collins Christian
Julie Cantrell is a tree-hugging organic-farm girl and mother of two who happened into a mid-life adventure as a novelist. She's having fun parenting, writing, teaching, speaking, and living the dream.

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  1. says

    Welcome, Amy! HOW SWEET THE SOUND is a book I’d already noticed and determined to get my hands on . . . so it’s really fun that Julie brought you to the SBV Porch. Thanks for sharing about your work, and those cinnamon rolls. Yum!

  2. Lisa Wingate says

    Congratulations, Amy! Thank you for visiting with us… and sharing that recipe. I always love learning the story behind the book, and when the story includes great Southern food, so much the better!

  3. Rachel Hauck says

    Amy, congratulations! So glad to have you on the porch today! Much success to your book!!


  4. Melanie Backus says

    Amy, a great, big Congratulations to you. I love the title of your book and can’t wait to read it. Thank you for the recipe. I am a pecan lover from way back.

  5. says

    This is the kindest, coziest porch I’ve ever had the privilege of sitting on! Thank YOU all for inviting me, and I pray the story blesses you and brings you hope!

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