Saturday, May 28, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Night Songs by Jennifer Sienes

Book: Night Songs

Author: Jennifer Sienes

Genre: Women’s Christian Fiction/ Romance

Release date: April 12, 2022

What’s a girl to do when her life sounds ripped from the lyrics of a country music song?

Charlotte Van Cleave’s hissy-fit reaction to her husband’s infidelity sours her world like a pot of boiled chitlins. She’s left with no husband, no job, and no home—well, besides the dilapidated farmhouse inherited from her nana.

But Charlie learned early that southern girls dig deep when things go sideways. She’d climbed out of the mire when her missionary parents were killed in Congo, endured two late-term miscarriages, and survived the death of her nana and papaw. Too poor to paint and too proud to whitewash, Charlie follows a new path with her interior design skills.

Derek Daniels spent his life serving his country until a helicopter accident ended his military career. Now back home on the family farm, he’s stuck between his philandering brother, Nicky, and the only girl he’s ever loved—sweet Charlie Van Cleave. Unwilling to cross a line, he vows to keep his feelings to himself. Easier said than done when Charlie discovers a mystery surrounding her parents’ death and asks him to help investigate.

What’ll Charlie and Derek have to do to turn those lyrics into a country hit?


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Jennifer Sienes is a favorite author of mine, I have read many of her books. I am always excited when she releases a new book. I recently read the First book from her new series. Night Songs by Jennifer Sienes is part of The Bedford County Series. 

Charlotte Van Cleave(Charlie) is recently separted from her husband after finding out about her husband's cheating. She has no job and living in the Farmhouse that her Grandmother left to her. She is struggling because she feels like life is not what she dreamed. She remembers that she has stood strong through so many life altering changes and she is a Southern Girl and just needs to get out of her rut. She is determined to tackle the projects needed at the Farmhouse and do so on her limited budget. Derek Daniels, who is is her husband's brother, is back home at the Family Farm, after his Military career ended. Derek knows his brother and Charlie are separted and he knows he will have to keep his feelings for her to himself. Derek has only ever had feelings for one person and that is Charlie. The challenge becomes difficult when Charlie finds out some information about her parents death which is different from what she was told growing up. Charlie asks Derek to help her get to the truth, thus they will be spending more time together. Will Charlie find the truth behind her parents death? Will Charlie reunite with her husband or will she and Derek grow close? 

WOW, this book was a definite page turner! Charlie is definetly a strong, independent woman. She took what was given to her(the Farmhouse) and brought it back to life on a budget and reused most of the furniture that was in the house. She is heartbroken over her marriage falling apart and wonders if it is worth fighting for. Her Husband, Nicky, is jealous of the time she is spending with his brother Derek. Derek was one of my favorite characters in the book. He has values and morals and it shows. I really like how the author brings God and Faith into the book. The story is one of being able to lean on God and become stronger in faith, even through the trials of life. Forgiveness is also a theme in this book. I HIGHLY recommend this Clean, Sweet Christian Romance. GREAT BOOK! 

Jennifer Sienes holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in education, but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, romance and writing—and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. Her daughter’s TBI and brother’s suicide inspired two of her three novels. Although fiction writing is her real love, she’s had several non-fiction pieces published in anthologies including several in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has two grown children and one very spoiled Maltese. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.


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I love everything about the South. The seasons are more vibrant, the pace is slower, and the hospitality warmer than what I’ve previously experienced. I wasn’t born and raised here, but I’ve always felt an affinity for it. When my husband and I relocated from Northern California to middle Tennessee over three years ago, I was happier than ol’ Blue layin’ on the porch chewin’ on a big ol’ catfish head. Yes, there are times we need a translator, but we’re quick studies.


Setting is an important element of storytelling, whether it’s fictional or true. I will be the first person to tell you, I don’t have much imagination. I don’t read or write fantasy or sci-fi because I can’t picture myself in the story. I am in awe of writers who are able to create an alternate world in their minds and then share it in a story. Me? I need to see it to write it.


For that reason, I was very excited about how this move from the only place I’ve ever known to one I’d dreamt about most of my life would impact my novels and novellas. We landed here in the middle of July to magnolia trees with waxy leaves as big as my head and sweet-smelling white blossoms I couldn’t enclose in both hands. Mockingbirds chattering all hours of the day (and a lone guy at night), bright red cardinals flitting from tree to tree, and even an armadillo or two lumbering across our yard.


The character of Charlotte Van Cleave (Charlie) was born out of my imagination. Why I can create fake people but not fake settings is anyone’s guess. Her nana and pawpaw’s dilapidated farmhouse is a real home that had been abandoned outside the city limits of Shelbyville, Tennessee—in Bedford County, which is also the title of the series. I saw the house through a real estate website, and fortunately for me, it was empty. My husband and I snuck around the perimeter looking through broken widows to get a feel for the place. It didn’t hurt that there were several photos on the website, as well.


The rest of the story came in fits and starts. I first decided on Charlie’s personality, because if I know that, it’s easier to trip her up with all manner of chaos. If you’re familiar with the enneagram personality indicator, she’s a three—the Achiever. The other main character, Derek Daniels, is a six—the Loyalist. Throw in missionary parents, sibling rivalry, and southern culture and a story was born.


While I was working on Night Songs the mockingbirds were particularly active. They’re the Tennessee state bird, so they’re always around, but it’s only during the mating season they are vocal. I was lying awake in the middle of the night, and I heard one of them singing. I’d only ever heard them during the day, so I was surprised. Why would a lone mockingbird be singing at night? What I learned after a little research is that only those who are mate-less will do this. It made me sad to hear the little guy over the next several nights, pouring out his heart. Not unlike Charlie Van Cleave. Thus, a title was born.

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To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card & a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Jennifer Sienes said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for reading Night Songs, and for your thoughtful review. I truly appreciate it.

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

Kendra's review is great, especially since she does not give away the book's ending or the answers to the questions that make me want to read it.

Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations on your release of Night Songs, Jennifer, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like a wonderful book for me to read and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks for sharing your review, Happily Managing a Household of Boys! Have a sunshiny day!

slehan said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a book I know I will enjoy.
Thanks for the contest.

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of Night Songs, I love the cover and synopsis, this is a must read for me and I am looking forward to it

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