Title: The Songbook of Benny Lament

Author: Amy Harmon

Release date: March 16, 2021

Pages: 444

Series: Standalone



From the bestselling author of What the Wind Knows and From Sand and Ash comes a powerful love story about a musical duo who put everything on the line to be together.

New York, 1960: For Benny Lament, music is his entire life. With his father’s deep ties to the mob, the Bronx piano man has learned that love and family can get you in trouble. So he keeps to himself, writing songs for other musicians, avoiding the spotlight…until the night his father brings him to see Esther Mine sing.

Esther is a petite powerhouse with a gorgeous voice. And when Benny writes a hit song and performs it with her, their collaboration thrusts the duo onto the national stage…and stirs up old issues and new scrutiny that the mob—and Benny—would rather avoid.

It would be easier to walk away. But the music and the woman are too hard for the piano man to resist. Benny’s songs and Esther’s vocals are an explosive combination, a sound that fans can’t get enough of. But though America might love the music they make together, some people aren’t ready for Benny Lament and Esther Mine on—or off—the stage.


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The Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon is a book about courage, love, change, and fighting for the right to be who you are. I loved this book and the journey of Benny Lament and Esther Mine.

Benny Lament loved music and he works as a songwriter. Benny through his father meets Esther Mine with an unforgettable voice and he knows that he had to write a song for Esther Mine and to help her to succeed in her career.

His dream will come true,” Esther had reminded me then.”The biggest dreams always do. I dreamed of you, didn’t you?”

Esther wants to have a career in music and she wants to succeed. When she meets Benny Lament she knows that he is the perfect man to help her to succeed and to have a career. They began to work together at Esther’s song but somewhere Benny become part of Esther’s band and they began to sing together. But not everyone was happy that they began to be seen together because Esther is Black and Benny is white or because of Esther’s parents. Neither was sure why they are the target but they weren’t ready to give up their right to work together.

“You wanna change the world, you gotta show’em what it looks like”.

Benny Lament and Esther Mine fall in love and they knew that will not have an easy journey but they fought for the love and for the people like them. I loved the banter and the easy relationship between them.

I loved all the characters and I loved the story of Benny and Esther. Amy Harmon, it’s truly an amazing author and I’m happy that I read this story. The Songbook of Benny Lament is a must-read for everyone.

Violence isn’t the answer. Change is the answer.

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About the author

About the author

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written fourteen novels including the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her fantasy novel, The Bird and the Sword, was a Goodreads Book of the Year finalist. Her newest release, What the Wind Knows, is an Amazon charts bestseller.

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