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Stories That Bind Us Paperback – June 2, 2020
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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.
"Susie Finkbeiner graces us with a quiet novel about ordinary people who use storytelling to navigate a life that has become far more complicated than they wished it was. Stories That Bind Us reminds us that life is messy and love hurts sometimes--but it is always worth it."--Erin Bartels, author of We Hope for Better Things and The Words between Us
"A heartbreaking, heartwarming story so fixed in real time that reading it feels like visiting some familiar past. Is there anything more wonderful than a story full of characters that take up residence in our own history? This story is a gift."--Shawn Smucker, author of the award-winning novel Light from Distant Stars
"There is a timelessness to the experience of reading Stories That Bind Us. In a voice that will be welcomed by fans of Anne Tyler, Finkbeiner creates compelling drama from the breath-to-breath moments of an ordinary life."--Allison Pittman, author of The Seamstress
Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author of All Manner of Things, which was selected as a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, as well as A Cup of Dust, A Trail of Crumbs, and A 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.
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- Item Weight : 11.7 ounces
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0800735706
- ISBN-13 : 978-0800735708
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.96 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Revell; 5/1 Edition (June 2, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #613,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
Betty Sweet is a widow, who suddenly has to take care of her nephew, Hugo. She goes from not even knowing Hugo existed to realizing that her life will never be the same without him. Their relationship is not without bumps along the way, but it is a beautiful unfolding. Through the power of story and unconditional love, both begin to heal from their griefs, while still holding out hope that Hugo's mother will one day be well enough to come home.
I just love when I read a story at the exact time I needed to read it. I was right in the middle of this story when I received some unexpected and upsetting news. Life is full of griefs, big and small, unspeakable and mundane. But it's full of joy, too. Big, bold, beautiful joy. And stories that remind me to cling to those joys are keepers. It's not denying the grief or the heartache, but it's acknowledging that it doesn't win the day. It doesn't have the final say:
"...I imagined the bird perched in a nearby tree, not willing to be scared off by anything. As the night got darker, the bird would stay right where she was, singing even as the sun went down."
I could say more about this story, but sometimes fewer words are best; Stories That Bind Us is in my top five favorite novels of the year so far and is definitely on my keeper shelf. Highly recommended.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher; I was not required to post a positive review, and these are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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Susie Finkbeiner delicately unfolds a beautifully touching story of grief, hope, and love. A woman struggling with the pain of a traumatic loss, and a young boy with the desire to be loved. An unlikely pair to outsiders in the 1960’s, faced with unkind glares, and not so subtle whispers. Together, this aunt and nephew duo bond, heal, and find strength through the power of storytelling.
Whether you enjoy spiritual books, or a book that inspires hope, Stories That Bind Us is a slow paced touching read. Addressing important issues held very dear to us, Finkbeiner created a timeless read that will forever be imprinted in our hearts.