After Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he mails her the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.
In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. Letter by letter, the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family will grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.
There are a lot of things I love about Susie’s books. One is the fact that they take place in Michigan (my state), another is the fact that her last series actually took place in my home town (under a slightly different name) and this book makes mention of that town and several others that I am familiar with, like Lansing and Grand Rapids. I also love they way she paints the picture of the town we are in, I believe the town in which the story takes place is very important to the characters as well in Susie’s writing. In addition, her voice is so unique and her plots engaging.
She an author who when I see her name I don’t read the back cover I just click yes to review. I know I won’t be disappointed and I wasn’t 🙂
There is a lot going on with Annie and her life and family. So many tensions and worries but Annie pushes through and grows stronger throughout the book.
There are also racial tensions at this time. You would think in Michigan it wouldn’t be a big deal, but even as I grew up my dad had some very old ideas about race that I don’t agree with, but that was how he was raised here in Michigan even.
This book easily captured my attention and I didn’t want to stop reading so I could see what would happen next and how everything would work out.
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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.