Song of Sugar Sands by Debra Coleman Jeter

Song of Sugar Sands by Debra Coleman Jeter
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Full Length (302 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Rose

A deeply committed young man falls in love with the beautiful but troubled Acadia, who knows herself too selfish, too sinful, and too skeptical in her faith to marry a preacher.
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Acadia Powers nearly lost her faith at an early age due to what she saw as the hypocrisy of her parents’ generation. In college—where the novel begins—she meets and falls in love with Peter O’Neil, who is fervent in his faith and wants to share the good news with the world. Despite serious doubts about her ability to survive as a preacher’s wife, Acadia finally agrees to marry Peter. The two embark with high hopes on a new life in Sugar Sands, Alabama, where Acadia takes a position as a high school teacher while Peter becomes pastor of a small church. SONG OF SUGAR SANDS recounts Acadia’s struggle to come to terms with issues of faith, while also telling the story of Peter and Acadia’s falling in love and the traumatic first year of their marriage. When one of her students attempts suicide after confiding her problems in Acadia, and a new friend and mentor, Beatrice Wood, reveals that she has terminal cancer, Acadia almost quits. Can she reach deep enough inside, or beyond herself, to find what she needs to keep on trying, or has she made too many mistakes already?

This is a very sweet look into the life of a young married couple… Peter and Acadia. In addition to all the other issues that all young marrieds face, Acadia has added issues from her past that she has not only not dealt with, but that she’s never shared with her husband. It was a quick read that I didn’t want to put down – I was that invested in their lives.

This is a Christian novel and so, of course deals with spiritual matters, but it does so in a way that didn’t, in this reviewer’s eye, come across as “preachy.” Both of the main characters are likable, although they also both have some growing up to do.  They have to learn to pay more attention to what their partner is going through, which I find to be so very realistic.

The secondary characters, as well, are fully developed…even the characters that I had issues with showed that they are not all bad.  Good job.

This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, and I’m looking forward to reading more.


  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Look great

  3. Sounds like a good book.

  4. Nikki Wilbanks says

    Thanks for reviewing and clarifying that it is Christian but not preachy. Appreciate the insight!

  5. Gwendolyn Jordan says

    I like the cover

  6. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  7. This sounds like a really good read.

  8. Dale Wilken says

    The book sounds great.

  9. Debra Coleman Jeter says

    Thanks to the host for an insightful review and to everyone who visited today. The Kindle version is $0.99 through Tuesday, Dec. 3.

  10. The cover looks great.

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