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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (162 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Penelope J. Stokes Narrator: Karen Whit Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The author of Circle of Grace hits all the right notes in this uplifting novel about the reunion of the Delta Belles, a music group that takes the country by storm in the 1960s.

The year is 1965, and the Spring Fling Talent Show is in the works at the Mississippi College for Women, a proper Southern institution. As a joke, Delta Ballou puts the names of her three best friends on the list of performers. Rising to the challenge, they agree to sing and even convince Delta to join them. Rae Dawn DuChamp plays the piano and weaves harmonies in a smoky contralto. Lacy Cantrell masters the basic guitar chords, and her twin sister, Lauren, contributes a pleasing voice. They call themselves the Delta Belles and win the talent show hands-down.

What started as a lark turns into an exciting adventure as the Delta Belles perform at protests and voter registration rallies across the country. As graduation draws near, all the Delta Belles seem poised for bright futures.

Twenty-five years later, Delta, recently widowed and angry at God, is asked to get the Belles together to perform at their college reunion. Lacy and Lauren haven’t spoken to each other in years, and Rae Dawn has been beset by overwhelming losses. Their reunion turns out to be much more than an opportunity to relive the past. As the old friends reconnect, they come to a new understanding of the meaning and value of their lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sing me a song of enduring friendship, of women bound deeply to each other. Sing me a song of hope and survival, of loss and disappointment, of forgiveness and a sweet reunion. Sing me a song I will treasure. Sing me Delta Belles.”

    Lynne Hinton, author of The Arms of God and Hope Springs

  • “Stokes writes convincingly about female friendships.”


  • “In a world of cotton-candy religiosity, where sweetness is valued over substance, Penelope Stokes is a bright beacon. Her stories touch the heart, engage the brain, and expand the spirit.”

    Philip Gulley, author of the Harmony series

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Holley | 1/3/2014

    " Easy read, good character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jaimie | 1/3/2014

    " Great story of four friends from college. They loose touch, but their reunion brings them back together. I really enjoyed all of the book except the end. The reader knows the book is winding down, but it seems to stop somewhat abruptly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy B | 11/27/2013

    " As usual Penelope Stokes has written a good read. I enjoy all of her writings. If you're going to start with one of her books, the best is still the Blue Bottle Club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by LauraC | 11/25/2013

    " I picked this up as a vacation read --I was going through the books I brought with me too fast --I enjoyed how lighthearted the premise was, and was touched by some of the deeper issues the book explored; equality, depression, grief. "

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About the Author

Penelope J. Stokes is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Circle of Grace. She holds a PhD in Renaissance literature and has taught college level writing and literature.