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A Song of Home by Susie Finkbeiner January 12, 2018

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 1:52 pm
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Pearl Spence has finally settled into a routine in Bliss, Michigan, far from her home in Red River, Oklahoma. Like all the other kids, she goes to school each day, plays in the woods, and does her chores. But there’s one big difference: Mama is still gone, and doesn’t seem to have a thought for the family she’s left behind.

Escaping from her worries is another part of Pearl’s new routine, whether that’s running to Aunt Carrie’s farm, listening to the radio with Ray, or losing herself in a book. In fact, a chair in the stacks, surrounded by books, might be her favorite place on earth–until she discovers swing dancing. The music transports Pearl to a whole other world.

When Mama unexpectedly returns, it isn’t the happy occasion Pearl had imagined. Mama is distant and Pearl can’t figure out how to please her. And the horrible way she treats Daddy is more than Pearl can bear. Seems life would be better if Mama would just stay away.

Finkbeiner’s portrayal of both tragedy and everyday life in times of great change is charged with a raw beauty that will haunt readers. Fans of the two prior Pearl Spence novels won’t be disappointed!

My thoughts:

Yeah. I really liked this one.

Susie has a very unique voice and I love it. The way she takes everyday things and turns them into something beautiful is truly artistic.

I did not read the first book in this series, but I did read the second and now this one. I loved picking back up with Pearl and the changes she was going through, her struggles with loving Mama, yet not liking what she did or even who she was at time. There is a surprise in there that I didn’t see coming either. Things I could relate to in repairing a marriage that has been torn apart.

I did find out the setting of this book is based on the town in which I live and grew up. I couldn’t help trying to picture my little town so many years ago. Thinking Pearl lived here when my grandparents where young adults. Obviously, this story is fiction but it was nice to imagine.

This book is truly a piece of art and the words paint a beautiful, heartbreaking picture.

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A copy of this book was given to my by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

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A Trail of Bread Crumbs by Susie Finkbeiner April 10, 2017

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Pearl Spence has been through more in her young life than most folks could handle. But through it all, her family has been by her side. They may not be perfect, but they love her and they all love each other, come what may. That’s one thing Pearl no longer questions.

But then a devastating tragedy throws the whole family into a tailspin–and signals the beginning of the end of her secure life.

Now the Spences are fleeing their Oklahoma wasteland for an unknown life in Depression-era Michigan. Pearl isn’t sure she’ll ever see home or happiness again. Will any trail of crumbs be powerful enough to guide her back to the dependable life she once knew?

The strong narrative voice of Finkbeiner’s young protagonist from A Cup of Dust returns in this gritty yet hopeful sequel.

My thoughts:

I haven’t read anything by Susie before and now I would really like to read her other books.

This book is the second, and as stated I didn’t read the first book. This in no way hindered my enjoyment of A Trail of Bread Crumbs.  The way Susie worked in what had happened in the previous book was so seamless I didn’t even really realize I was getting caught up.

She captures Pearl’s voice so well. Even though we are in the mind of a ten-year-old you don’t feel the immaturity that might come with that age, yet it was very age appropriate in tone and perspective.

So much heartache in this book yet here is always a glimmer of hope.

I loved hearing the description and hope they would find in Michigan. Living in Michigan I sometimes forget how beautiful it is. The most amazing thing was the name of the town Pearl moved to. The name is VERY close to the name of the town I live in. I wondered if there was any connection or not. So cool.

A beautiful story that will hold you captive.

Visit Susie here. 

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.