Sunday, December 22, 2019

BESPOKE - A Tiny Christmas Tale by Amanda Dykes, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney and Paula Shreckhise

What does a world renowned composer, a small village blacksmith and a well- kept- secret have in common? A tragic accident; a ninth symphony.

This very small, but very powerful story will resonant deep within the recesses of your heart, leading you to discover that there are many ways to make beautiful music!

"Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright" . . . . all is well. 

*I purchased this story and was under no obligation to review. 

Bespoke is a tiny little tale that is packed with a lot of feeling.

Amanda Dykes' masterful writing pulls us into the story of a renowned composer, Giovanni St. John and his daughter Aria returning to an island after many years away. The story wraps us in its melody as old hurts come to the surface once again. You could tell that she uses this story to pour out her heart; to convey hope through Aria, her father and James, the blacksmith. There is a bit of history, a bit of mystery, hope for the future and redemption of what was thought lost.

The author’s eloquent story has another purpose: the proceeds go to a ministry. A noble cause indeed.

I like what Ms. Dykes says in the afterward: “When a story spills forth, my dearest desire is to find God’s heartbeat in it.” The story mirrors God: “The Composer of our life songs, the Author of our stories, the Creator of light and warmth, the gentle Remover of our dross, Refiner of our Hearts, Healer and Redeemer of our brokenness.”

With her unique voice, this author calls to us to empathize and reach deep for spiritual truths.
*I purchased this ebook from Amazon. All opinions are my own.*

BackCover Blurb:
A Secret. A Bicycle. A Promise…
While the elusive Secret Symphony of Giovanni St. John captivated the world’s fascination, it left his daughter closed away in the Silent House – she, the one who holds the fullness of truth about the ninth symphony. Now Aria St. John is determined to not only break free of the loss that has defined her, but to honor her father through one final gift in his last days.

On the tiny Isle of Espoir, only one man can help in her quest: James Shaw, the village blacksmith… and the lost friend of her childhood.

Will they be able to overcome the tragedy that separated them before it’s too late?

Written to slip easily into the stolen moments of the busy holiday season, this enchanting novelette delves into the miracle of second chances, the gift of God's healing redemption, and the joy of the unexpected.

Available in digital ebook, paperback and audiobook:
Buy Bespoke at Amazon


  1. I expect this will be extra special for music lovers!
    Thanks, ladies!

  2. I need to read this soon! Thanks for the reviews!


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