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HarpsVoice_cover-400x599Harp’s Voice (Harp’s Song #2)

Cassie Shine

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Release Date: 06/24/2014

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Single-minded to the point of near seclusion, Harp Evans’ only goal was to move away from her abusive mother, and start a new life at college. Now a freshman at a prestigious university, Harp continues to struggle letting people in, including her ex-boyfriend—Connor Williams—who has always stood by her, especially after her mother exposed a devastating secret about Harp’s origin.

While Harp figures out how to navigate her relationships, especially with her mom, Anne, she will have to exorcize her own demons and face challenges with uncompromising courage, including reuniting her broken family—the family that was shattered by the acts of one man.

After almost twenty years, is it possible for people to change their minds and open their hearts? More importantly, is Harp strong enough to pull them all back together?

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Review5 Pennies

I don’t even know where to begin.  I loved Harp, Connor, Emma and Ethan from the first book and their story was so touching and amazing.  I really had no idea where this book would lead us, especially with the way Harp’s song ended….  But oh my, Cassie Shine you have out done yourself.  This book is so hard to put into words, but I will do my best.

This book takes us past high school and into college for Harp and her friends.  It is the time where she is trying to move forward from her past building a better way of life for herself and her family and friends.  Harp is trying to learn how to save herself, to not be the victim anymore.

Harp has a hippie roommate named Harmony, which I found so fitting.  They get along good, but Harp has still not let anyone in on her secrets that make up her past.  Until one night after a party and drinking, Harmony pushes Harp too far and she just lets it all out.  This is a major turning point for Harp and Harmony as well as their new friend Jayden.

We find Connor to still be the ever present support in Harp’s life, but with them going to separate colleges it has given them time to grow and mature.  There is just so much I want to say, but I don’t ever want to spoil a book for anyone.  But the additional characters in this book, Logan, John, Kaye, and many more just add so much to this book.

There are so many times throughout this book that Harp demonstrates through her actions and her words that she is maturing and moving past her trauma and abuse and is moving towards becoming a survivor.  The support system that she and her mother have with Connor’s family, and Emma and Ethan are amazing.  Throughout all of this with Harp and Anne trying to move forward they still have to face the possibility of Anne’s cancer and what her future holds.

This book is an excellent example of how a victim can become a survivor.  Through the help of an amazing support system, good therapists, and strength from each other Harp and Anne are able to build a relationship that is amazing to witness.

One of the instances in the book that just really hit me and really tells you that Harp is becoming stronger and understanding what it truly means to heal is her interaction with Vincent, this is what she says to him in regards to his father;

‘You’re letting him win. You’re letting all those years of his fists and his words win…I know you can fight it. You have to believe that you can be better than that jerk, and I hope that one day soon you make the right decision because what you’re doing now isn’t living.’

We are shown through this book what it means to live without regrets.  To take what you are given and learn to grow.  The messages are amazing throughout this book; I just can’t say that enough.

The love that is demonstrated throughout the book is astounding.  I LOVED Harp’s Books, Cassie Shine Thank You for writing about some tough issues, showing the courage it takes to move past abuse of all kinds and come out the other side a survivor.  This is my final thought I will leave you with, a conversation between Harp and Connor and what love truly means,

‘People think love is a happy emotion-sunshine and rainbows, and fields of sunflowers, Harp states, I don’t know how to explain my love for you…it’s agonizing in the most inspiring way.’ Connor states, ‘That’s the pain of our souls being fused together’

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Author Bio

Cassie Shine released her debut young adult novel, Harp’s Song in November 2013, finally finishing the short story she started in her college creative writing class … many, many moons ago. She has always been an avid reader and lover of music (yes, she was in the high school marching band). While she has a weak spot for all things teeny bopper, especially boy bands, she also loves classical, country, rock and well, pretty much everything.

After living in St. Louis for more than ten years, she and her husband packed up a U-Haul and headed west. They currently live in Orange County, CA with their furry kids Finnegan and Molly.

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Cassie Shine released her debut young adult novel, Harp’s Song in November 2013, finally finishing the short story she started in her college creative writing class … many, many moons ago. She has always been an avid reader and lover of music (yes, she was in the high school marching band). While she has a weak spot for all things teeny bopper, especially boy bands, she also loves classical, country, rock and well, pretty much everything.

After living in St. Louis for more than ten years, she and her husband packed up a U-Haul and headed west. They currently live in Orange County, CA with their furry kids Finnegan and Molly.

Author Links

WEBSITE . FACEBOOK . TWITTER . GOODREADS

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Tour Schedule

Monday, July 14th – Library of a Book Witch

Wednesday, July 16th – Inside the Pages of a Book

Friday, July 18th – Pinky’s Favorite Reads

Monday, July 21st – Books Books Books

Wednesday, July 23rd – Penny For My Thoughts Book Blog

Friday, July 25th – Reader Girls

Monday, July 28th – I Read Indie

Wednesday, July 30th – The Quirky Reader

Friday, August 1st – The YA’s Nightstand

Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and signed copy of HARP’S VOICE (US only). Three winners will receive a $10 gift card to Amazon or Book Depository (international).

***Any contestant that uses dummy or contest only accounts to enter will be disqualified.***

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4 responses »

  1. Wow, this sounds like a great read. Thanks for the blurb and review, I added to my TBR.

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  2. Looking forward to reading it. Sounds really good. Thanks

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  3. Thanks for the opportunity to read a book by a new author. I love to “discover” authors who are new to me.

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  4. Good luck with your tour! This book sounds really good and I wish you all the best!

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