• Alexis Newlin

Book Review: Stories that Bind Us

Hi friends!

Happy end of June! I can't believe this year is almost halfway over. None of us expected 2020 to be what it is, but we're making it through.

Here's to the next 6 months!~

Now, on to the book review.

My Review: This is the first time I've gotten to review a book of someone I actually knew! I met Susie Finkbeiner at the Breathe writing conference last October in Grand Rapids. She had a break out session on Stephen King and his amazing writing style. I LOVED his books growing up, so I had to attend this session. Susie was so fun as a presenter, her session was very informative and it was awesome to meet someone who loved Stephen King as much as I did.

Susie herself is a writer and an amazing one at that. Her latest book, Stories that Bind Us take us back to the 1960's to a story of great love after great loss. It's such a heartfelt story, and the characters are so lovable. I looked forward to reading this book each evening before bed and learning more about the lives of Betty Sweet and five year old Hugo.

I have to admit, I had to put this book down in the beginning because it made me cry. The loss of Betty's husband hit me hard; their story was so sweet and I so wanted them to spend forever together. I love how Susie weaves the story of Betty and Norman throughout the book, even after he's passed on. He still feels so alive in Susies writing and I just so enjoyed their love story.

Hugo and Betty is another sweet story that you just can't help to fall in love with. Both of them, although years apart, are dealing with loss. It's beautiful to see how their relationship grows from the beauty of stories.

This story takes place in the 1960's and Susie does a great job of interweaving big events from that time- MLK march to Washington DC, Kennedy in Dallas. Each time I picked up the book, it felt as if I were time traveling,

This is a book you won't want to miss. Be sure to pick up Stories that Bind Us by Susie Finkbeiner.

About the Author: Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author ofAll Manner of Things, which was selected as a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, as well asA Cup of Dust,A Trail of Crumbs, andA Song of Home. She serves on the Fiction Readers Summit planning committee, volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and speaks at retreats and women's events across the country. Susie and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan.

About the Book: Betty Sweet never expected to be a widow at forty. With so much life still in front of her, she tries to figure out what's next, never imagining what God had in mind.

When her estranged sister returns to town, Betty finds herself taking on the care of a five-year-old nephew she never knew she had. In 1960s small-town Michigan, they make an odd pair. Betty with her pink button nose and bouffant hair. Hugo with his light brown skin and large brown eyes. But more powerful than what makes them different is what they share: the heartache of an empty space in their lives. Slowly, they will learn to trust one another as they discover common ground and healing through the magic of storytelling.

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