Monday, June 29, 2020

Stories that Bind by Susie Finkbeiner

Stories That Bind Us


Betty Sweet is still recovering from the loss of her husband when she becomes the temporary guardian of a five-year-old nephew she never knew she had. As they struggle to move forward, they build a relationship upon the foundation of storytelling and its special kind of magic.


Wow! I was certainly sad to see this book end! But then again, good books usually are over before you know it. I love Susie Finkbeiner. I like how she makes me stop and think about each quote whenever I came across one. I really liked this one because it is fitting for the the 60's at a time when things were scary in an ever changing world.
" Don't let the scary things of the world keep you from seeing the good." "Even the darkest night can't put out all the light." I really think that this advice from Betty to Hugo applies even in today's world. Not just the 60's. I like how Betty reminds herself while she's telling Hugo this. Even adults need gentle reminders too.
I remember sitting in church listening to Preacher Joe preaching this very thing. As long as there's light there will be hope. I think that's why this particular quote stood out to me. God is always a beacon of light. He's there for us all the time.
Fear can often make people do things they normally wouldn't do. 
Another quote was a lady talking to Betty when she was visiting Clara told her that all we can do is love them if we can't do anything else. We love them because they are still family. How true this is!
I couldn't put this book down because every time I did it would holler at me to pick right back up until I finished it. I love when books yell at me like that. It means they're fabulous!!
Hugo stole my heart from the beginning and at times made me cry. 
Betty was a fabulous character too who had a big heart of gold. For what she done for Hugo. I wish she was my aunt. My the stories that she told! I had to laugh at a few of them.
The places that the author described I have actually been there. But I didn't mind visiting again. I rather enjoyed it! Michigan is my favorite place to visit.
I really liked the actual historical events that took place in real life and I feel that the author has done her research to the T. She's done an excellent job in bringing them to life so that we can imagine being there ourselves.
Finkbeiner write the best stories ever! This book definitely comes from the heart! I hope this isn't her last.
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars! It certainly deserves it. I would reread this book over and over because it's just that good!
Friends you just have to read this heartwarming tale of an era gone by! So so good!
I highly recommend!
My thanks to Netgalley and Revell for a beautiful read! One I highly enjoyed!
I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own. NO compensations were received.


Susie Finkbeiner

Susie Finkbeiner is the author of All Manner of Things as well as the CBA bestselling Pearl Spence series.

When she’s not writing or traveling to speak at retreats or conferences, Susie enjoys lunch dates with her husband, reading with her kids, and drinking coffee with good friends.

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