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Review: A Harmony for Steve

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Review: A Harmony for Steve

A Harmony for Steve by Hallee Bridgemanaharmonyforsteve
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Olivia Kimbrell Press
Publication Date: September 27, 2016

The first time Harmony Harper meets Steve “Slayer” Strayer, he is so stoned he barely knows his own name and he manages to spill beer down the front of her outfit right before she takes the stage at a benefit concert for childhood cancer. Harmony and Steve are both megastars in their own right, but Harmony sings to glorify God while Steve’s music does exactly the opposite. His band, Abaddon, glorifies hell and his most rabid fans worship Satan.

The second time Harmony meets Steve, she has gone to her mountain cabin for some R & R. She’s there to grieve the death of one of her young cancer patient friends and to try to get her passion for music back. He’s there to detox – again – only this time it needs to stick. His organs are failing because of his drug and alcohol abuse. Either he quits or he dies. When he meets Harmony in the grocery store, he has no recollection of ever meeting her before. She, on the other hand, can’t forget their first meeting and compares Steve Slayer to Steve Strayer. Can someone as evil as Slayer be redeemed?

As Harmony and Steve spend time together, they realize all that they have in common and Harmony’s faith in God reaches into the depths of Steve’s heart, starting him on a path that drastically changes his outlook on life. When Steve decides to enter professional rehab at a Christian facility, his people are NOT happy. When Harmony returns to her family and they learn she’s been spending time with Slayer, they’re not happy either. When death threats against Harmony begin arriving, written in blood, Harmony and Steve must work together to solve the mystery of who could possibly want her dead.

As I read this book I kept thinking about how often you hear of Christian recording artists who are brought low by their own actions – be it adultery, addiction, or whatever. It seems that the stronger their witness for Christ, the harder the devil attacks. Harmony’s attacks were more for her effect on Steve than because of her witness, but the end result is the same. As I Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” The spiritual warfare depicted in this book is very real and the scenes containing Satan worship are chilling. The firmer Steve stands in his newfound faith, the more vicious the attacks on both of them. Can they triumph together when no one they know believes in Steve’s life change?

This book has something for nearly everyone. There’s romance, suspense, music, family, mountain cabins, and glorious vistas beautifully described. It’s a fairly quick read and I, for one, enjoyed the time spent.

Rated PG: This one edges toward PG-13 due to the Satan worship depicted. Those segments really creeped me out!

Reviewer’s copy was provided by Publisher via bookfun.org. Thank you!

 

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