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  • The Songbook of Benny Lament

  • A Novel
  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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The Songbook of Benny Lament

By: Amy Harmon
Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
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Summary

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.

©2021 Amy Harmon (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“The story is enlightening, heart-breaking, and ultimately inspiring as these two beautiful characters find the soul of what it truly means to be human and love. Powerful writing, enthralling reading!” —TJ Mackay, founder and publisher of InD’tale Magazine

“Amy’s stories are always deeply addictive and transporting, but beyond that, her compassion and insight into the human experience raises her work to another level completely. She is in a class of her own.” —Mia Sheridan, New York Times bestselling author

The Songbook of Benny Lament is typical of Harmon’s style: fluid, elegant, and filled with grace. A must read of 2021 and beyond.” —Emma Scott, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author

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🎧 Benny and Esther 🎧

Loved every minute. The only thing that could have made it better is if the songs Benny and Esther wrote together had been sung! 👏 🎶

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Breathtaking

A story I will relisten to again and again. Simply beautiful, ugly beautiful ❤️. Harmon is a wordsmith

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Not her best

Having enjoyed Any Harmons other novels l emmersed myself into this The narration was quite good The story itself has potential but it just lacked something Having loved Daisy Jones the musical element could have been a bigger feature Overall it was ok

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