A Song that Never Ends by Mark A. Gibson Book Tour, Guest Post & More! [Ends 3/1/24}
A Song that Never Ends is the first installment of the Hamilton Place series, an epic family saga extending from the Great Depression to present day. Through war and peace, love and loss, triumph and tragedy; follow the Hamilton family on their journey from a run-down farm in South Carolina, through the jungles of Vietnam, to the top of the world in New York City, and beyond the gardens of stone at Arlington.
A Song that Never Ends (Hamilton Place Book I) by Mark A. Gibson
Category: Adult Fiction 18 yrs +, 338 pages
Genre: Family Saga Fiction, Thriller, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Hamilton Press (Self)
Release date: January, 2024
Format available for review: print (print – softback / USA and Canada) and ebook (EPUB and PDF)
Tour dates: Feb 5 to Feb 23, 2024
Content Rating: A soft R for the following: Language, although appropriate for situation, does have a smattering (perhaps 5 uses over 350 pages) of the F-word. Sexual situations are more so implied than graphic, although there is one soft description of fellatio. There is no use of derogatory descriptions for persons, sexes or races. No graphic violence is described.
For over three hundred years, that’s what the Hamilton family has called a shrinking swath of farmland in the Appalachian foothills of South Carolina.
That’s the failing tobacco farm where Walter and Maggie Hamilton choose to raise their three children. Walter has big plans to make the farm more profitable, but his plans are interrupted by World War II and family heartbreak. Walter returns from the war a changed man, and finds Maggie, too, has changed; neither of them for the better. But at least their family is together at…
More than anything, that’s where their eight-year-old son, Jimmy Hamilton, wants to be. However, after an unspeakable tragedy, he’s sent away from the only life he’s ever known—to live with a kindly uncle in North Carolina, far from…
That’s where Jimmy is finally going to be, unless fate has plans of its own…
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Review By LAWonder10:
This is a tragic tale of a seemingly strong love replaced by bitterness and withdrawal after a series of events. Where once a strong loving relationship existed, a tragically dysfunctional family evolved.
This story goes through the lifespan of a once-happy, loving couple, but is mostly centered on the children of that couple.
It is a bitter-sweet, touching story.
The Story was well-written and the characters felt very real. The momentum was strong and it never got boring. The Cover Image depicted a part of the story and was somewhat eye-catching. The Title was taken from one line in the story that I feel was a weak choice.
I think this is a great story but I feel the “Soft” R-rating is way off. There are 15-20 uses of profanity, 5 F-Bombs, crude sexual references, and other very foul language.
The ending felt weak. I will have to read the next book of the series to be sure. It felt somewhat like a “cliffhanger”.
I would have enjoyed the story more had the author continued to replace the expletives more artfully and intellectually.
I offer a Four-Stars rating for the literary value of this work.
This book was gifted to me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
Other Books in the Series:
Why should your next read be an epic family saga? Part II By Mark A. Gibson
Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Every first-year Journalism major knows these represent the basic questions that should be answered in any story they are chasing. To be published, an article should strive to have the first four correct. However, the difference between a five-line, uncredited blurb on page twenty-seven of the weekly local paper—in between the dog show results and the notices of foreclosure—and a bylined, above-the-fold, front-page article with a banner headline in THE TIMES, would be those last two questions.
The “how and why” makes any story more interesting, and provides the reader with a better understanding, while allowing them to become more invested in the story.
I remember vividly my sophomore American History class in college. I’d always been something of a history buff, and with great anticipation, I’d looked forward to the professor’s lectures about our American Civil War. Imagine my disappointment when the professor, turned this fascinating, tragic period of our country’s history into little more than a list of locations, facts and dates to be memorized. Boring!
In stark contrast, for Christmas that year, my parents gave me The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote, a three-volume, 2968-page history of the American Civil War. The facts were all there, and so were the dates. Nothing of substance was appreciably different from my college class; nothing except for Mr. Foote’s narrative.
I already knew the outcomes of every battle—they’d occurred well over a century before that Christmas, and I’d just studied them the preceding semester—but I hung on every word of Foote’s narrative as though the battle outcomes might somehow turn out differently. I couldn’t put it down. Consequently, I completed reading the entire 1.2-million-word trilogy before returning to school for my spring term.
As a writer, I’ve tried to take Mr. Foote’s lessons to heart. Rather than simply typing,
“Their family was dysfunctional, and bad things happened,” it’s so much more fun to
write—and to read—the whys and hows of their becoming so.
An epic family saga, by its nature, provides a longitudinal view of a family over generations. We see their triumphs, their tragedies and every decision—good and bad—made in between. By turning the narrative’s lens to the past and following the progression of the family over decades, the reader can see, and indeed experience, the origins of the generational curses that sculpt the family’s fate.
Every move, every choice, and every “little white lie” has consequences, both intended and unintended. In chaos theory, this is described as the Butterfly Effect; i.e., a butterfly flaps its wings in Beijing and triggers a tornado in Iowa.
In an epic family saga, the reader is allowed to see, and even to hold, the butterfly? How cool is that?!
Meet the Author:
Mark A. Gibson is a physician who practices Cardiology in the mountains of rural North Georgia. He was raised on a small farm in upstate South Carolina—the last postage-stamp-sized sliver of a much larger parcel granted to the family by land grant from King Charles II in 1665—and may or may not have once gotten in trouble for digging up his mom’s calla lily bed in search of the family’s long-lost charter.
Dr. Gibson graduated from the Citadel in Charleston, SC with a BS in Biology. Afterward, he received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. He received his Internal Medicine training through the University of Tennessee Medical System and Cardiology training through the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. He served for eight years on active duty with the US Air Force, before leaving the military for private practice.
Although a cardiologist by profession, Dr. Gibson is a dreamer by nature. He is a self-styled oenophile who enjoys travel and fine food. In his spare time, he builds sandcastles and dreams of distant shores.
Roses in December represents Dr. Gibson’s second offering to the world of literature, and the conclusion of his Hamilton Place Series. All previous publications have been of the professional, peer-reviewed, medical variety, and make for lovely sleep aids.
The Tour Schedule :
Feb 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – book series spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of A SONG THAT NEVER ENDS / giveaway
Feb 6 – Bigreadersite – book review of A SONG THAT NEVER ENDS / giveaway
Feb 7 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
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Feb 8 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of A SONG THAT NEVER ENDS / guest post / giveaway
Feb 8 – Country Mamas With Kids – book review of A SONG THAT NEVER ENDS / author interview / giveaway
Feb 9 –The Sexy Nerd Revue – book series spotlight / giveaway
Feb 9 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight of A SONG THAT NEVER ENDS
Feb 9 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of A SONG THAT NEVER ENDS / guest post / giveaway
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Feb 12 – Welcome To MLMOPINIONS Reviews – book review of A SONG THAT NEVER ENDS / giveaway
Feb 13 – Welcome To MLMOPINIONS Reviews – book review of ROSES IN DECEMBER / giveaway
Feb 13 –– Bigreadersite – book review of ROSES IN DECEMBER / giveaway
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Feb 15 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight of ROSES IN DECEMBER
Feb 16 –Book Reviews by Linda Moore – book review of A SONG THAT NEVER ENDS / giveaway
Feb 16 – Novels Alive – book review of ROSES IN DECEMBER / giveaway
Feb 16 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of ROSES IN DECEMBER / giveaway
Feb 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review of ROSES IN DECEMBER / giveaway
Feb 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of ROSES IN DECEMBER / giveaway
Feb 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of ROSES IN DECEMBER / giveaway
Feb 20 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review of A SONG THAT NEVER ENDS / guest post / giveaway
Feb 20 –Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of ROSES IN DECEMBER / guest post / giveaway
Feb 21 – Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s – book review of A SONG THAT NEVER ENDS / author interview / giveaway
Feb 21 – @dana.loves.books – book review of A SONG THAT NEVER ENDS / giveaway
Feb 21 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review of ROSES IN DECEMBER / giveaway
Feb 22 – – Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s – book review of ROSES IN DECEMBER / giveaway
Feb 22 –Country Mamas With Kids – book review of ROSES IN DECEMBER / giveaway
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