Review of STORIES THAT BIND US by Susie Finkbeiner

I really needed a distraction from the news, and this book totally provided it. The story of Betty Sweet, her sister Clara and her young nephew Hugo is one that I will long remember. It is the tale of love, loss, acceptance, addiction and family. Betty and her husband Norm share a love that is right out of fairy tales. Clara and Betty had not seen or spoken to each other in years, even though they were sisters. When Clara suddenly shows up on her doorstep, Betty opens her door, her home and her heart wide to accept Clara as well as her young nephew Hugo. The fact that Hugo is black does not seem to bother Betty at all and she shields him from the stares and glares when they go out in public. I think my favorite thing about this book was the family relationship between Betty and all of her in-laws. They loved her and helped her with her losses, being the ones who showed her that she needed to keep on living. I also really enjoyed the stories within the main story, the tales that Betty told little Hugo when she was tucking him in at night. They were imaginative stories, told from her heart and with so much love that the emotions that she felt for Hugo jumped off the page and into my heart. I cried, I laughed, I enjoyed, and anyone who loves historical fiction (although not that historical since I lived in this era), will delight in this newest book by Susie Finkbeiner. She has a real fan in me because her books are so real and so heart-warming that I just want to spend days with her creations and feel a sense of satisfaction and contentment when the book is done.
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.”

This is a completely clean read and more than worth your time to read it!
Connect with the author at Susie Finkbeiner

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4 thoughts on “Review of STORIES THAT BIND US by Susie Finkbeiner

  1. Vickie, thanks for sharing this review. My wife was sharing with me some of high school memories. When she graduated in 1970, the high school was finally integrated (she grew up in segregated community in Maryland). Two of her favorite classmates were African-American. I pray our world will find ways to build bridges between ourselves.

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    1. That’s my prayer, too. The year I graduated from high school, the county in VA built a new school specifically for integration. I had a good friend that I made named Gail Jones, my first black friend. She and I spent a lot of time together at school, but my parents wouldn’t let me invite her over. Fast forward about twenty years and our daughter went to prom with a young black man. Their relationship didn’t last but they are still friends. I wish we could all just stop and think that we all came from Noah. We are all family.


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