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Temptation comes not in obvious appearance, but deceptive disguise.
From the back cover:
Jed King’s life has been shaped by the songs and mistakes of his famous father. He wants to sing his own song, but the words and melody are elusive. Haunted by the scars inflicted by his broken family, Jed’s dreams of a successful music career seem out of reach . . . until he meets Rose.
As romance quickly blooms, Jed pens a new song and suddenly finds himself catapulted into stardom. But with this life of fame comes temptation, the same temptation that lured his father so many years ago.
Set in the fertile mid-South, this quest for success leads Jed and Rose on a journey that will force them to deal with the pain of loss, failure, and the desire to be who God created them to be.
Lyrical and deeply honest, The Song asks the hard questions of love and forgiveness. When even the wisest of men are fools in love, can true love persevere?
If temptation came in such a way that we could clearly see it for what it was, resisting it would become a more simple feat. But the devil knows this, so he cloaks temptation and subtly slides it into our paths at the exact point where we might be most easily distracted by it.
Jed grew up in the shadow of his successful musician father. He loved his dad and desires to follow in his footsteps, thinking he could do so without succumbing to the temptations that caused so much pain in his parents’ lives. He starts down a solid path, making choices that his parents would have approved. He lives his life with integrity, and those around him respect that about him.
Along the way, temptation slithers closer and closer, intent on destroying him and those he loves the most.
Isn’t that how temptation does? It sneaks in from the side, walking along with you until you wake up one day so comfortable with its presence that it holds no threat…
“Edgy” or “gritty” fiction dealing with some of the tougher issues in our culture can be difficult to read. They sometimes hit a little “too close to home.” The Song is a great reminder of our need to be ever vigilant and to guard against the devil’s schemes. It also offers a sweet glimpse of the hope that can be offered to those who seek the Lord, even through some of the darkest hours of life.
This is not a light, humorous read. It is a story that will grab hold and leave you thinking long after you’ve finished.
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)