Rediscover the power of story to open the doors of our hearts
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 knows how to write a beautiful story. Her books are so unique. The time period isn’t one most authors write in, the 1960s. The other things I love about her books is that they are set in Michigan. Her last series was set in my hometown. This one I had never heard of the town and didn’t find it so I am thinking it is fictional but based on a small town in Michigan. But the surrounding areas, Detroit, Lansing and Jackson are all very real.
The heartache that Betty has walked through, yet she never let it bring her down. She saw her sister as a fighter, but she is as well. The Sweet family is one I would love to spend time with. What a blessing that Betty got to be part of that family.
Hugo pulled at my heart and made me want to cry. I can only imagine what a small child would go through when you have a mother who is unstable.
Overall, Susie has knocked another one out of the park.
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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.