A feast of family can be a plate load of problems!
It’s the Sixties. Modernity and tradition clash as two newlywed couples set up house together. Dee and her daughter Valerie move with their husbands into a modern glass house Valerie built in a proudly rural Los Altos, California, neighborhood.
When their young relatives start showing up and moving in, the neighbors get suspicious. Then a body is found in the backyard and the life they are trying to build comes undone.
Father Mike is back to guide Dee through a difficult time with humor and grace, even as his own life is unraveling. Now he’s going to have to take some of his own advice about love.
The sequel to The Sheep Walker s Daughter, The Lyre and the Lambs explores the passions that draw people together and the faith it takes overcome trauma.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the flow of family values and their unwavering trust in each other. A definite plus was the quiet voice of spiritual faith and persuasion...always pulling me to a “feel good” place." – Diana, Goodreads
"Another beautifully written story that is compassionately told. It was a joy to read, well written and a story I will not forget. I highly recommend this book." – Karen, Goodreads
Enjoy the beauty of a story by Sydney Avey
The Sheep Walker's Daughter
The Lyre and the Lambs
The Trials of Nellie Belle
Sydney Avey's sequel to The Sheepwalker's Daughter masterfully walks the reader through the winding path of relationships, faith, and discovery. Set in the sixties, tradition clashes with modernity in one neighborhood. – Karen, Goodreads
The Lyre and the Lambs is an enjoyable read for pleasure and for an insightful look at how we sometimes judge differences. – Karen, Goodreads
Ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances that are overcome by perseverance and grace. Wonderful places in Basque, Spain and the Greater Bay Area serve as backdrops. - The Rt. Rev. Douglas B. Weiss
Loved the different generations and how they interacted with each other. Such an easy read with a wonderful spiritual message. – Jeanie, Goodreads
The Lyre and the Lambs, a sequel to The Sheep Walker's Daughter, grabbed me from the first page.... As with The Sheep Walker's Daughter, Ms. Avey shows that we are all works in progress no matter what our age. – Lisa, Goodreads
I thoroughly enjoyed the flow of family values and their unwavering trust in each other. A definite plus was the quiet voice of spiritual faith and persuasion...always pulling me to a feel good place. – Diana, Goodreads
Another beautifully written story that is compassionately told. It was a joy to read, well written and a story I will not forget. I highly recommend this book. – Karen, Goodreads
The pace was fast enough to engage, the descriptions were believable. I loved the characters, with Father Mike at the top again. – Mary, Goodreads
About the author
Sydney Avey writes about ordinary people who muster faith and courage to step over uncertainty and continue the journey. Her novels invite compassion for the stumbles of the past and offer hope for the future, if only a glimmer.
Sydney Avey is the author of The Sheep Walker’s Daughter,The Lyre and the Lambs and The Trials of Nellie Belle, in which she tells the story of the great grandmother she never knew. Reputed to be the first female court reporter in the Pacific Northwest, she left a legacy of short stories about life in the West during the progressive era, where justice was swift and common sense overruled.
Avey’s poetry, short stories and articles have appeared in Foliate Oak, Forge, American Athenaeum, Unstrung, Blue Guitar Magazine, Ruminate and MTL Magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley and has studied at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival as well as many other conferences and seminars.
Fans describe her writing as having ”an artist’s gift for using strong visual language, and a counselor’s gift for describing the conditions of her characters’ hearts,” with an “impeccable grasp of structure, pacing and character development” that “paint(s) a lovely word picture.”
Avey has an artist’s gift for using strong visual language, and a counselor’s gift for describing the conditions of her characters’ hearts. – Jan, goodreads
I found Avey’s descriptions delightful and not contrived – clear, real, and vivid – Susan, Goodreads
Sydney Avey’s impeccable grasp of structure, pacing and character development is what separates The Sheep Walker’s Daughter from the average debut novel. – Calder Lowe, Goodreads
The 60's were a time of change in America . Sydney Avery is able to capture that change and spill it out onto the pages of her novel. – Karen, Goodreads
It left me satisfied with a good wrap up. I hope to see more work from Sydney Avey – Heather, Goodreads
I thoroughly enjoy this author’s use of colorful and descriptive language.- Shari, Goodreads
I found myself rereading passages just to hear the way the words blended together to paint a wonderful word picture. Sydney Avey has a real gift for creating such wonderful imagery with her words. Avey is gifted in her ability to take many plot lines and weave them together into a wonderful story. – Shari, Goodreads
Series - It was a fascinating book and I was sorry to finish it. However the story continues into the 1960's in The Lyre And The Lambs - so pick up both books, and settle down for a nostalgic read! – Julia, Goodreads
I highly recommend these novels.- The Rt. Rev. Douglas B. Weiss