When Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with 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. As they work toward healing and pray fervently for Mike’s safety overseas, 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 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.
Author Susie Finkbeiner invites you into the Jacobson family’s home and hearts during a time in which the chaos of the outside world touched their small community in ways they never imagined.
Wow! This story and its characters wove themselves around my heart. I laughed, I held my breath, I cried. This story welcomed me into an intimate, heartfelt journey with these characters. The characters felt so real that I felt like I became part of their family.
My parents were born in 1956. I have seen pictures and listened to the music they grew up listening to. I’ve enjoyed listening to the stories they have shared of memories they have of this time period. Reading this story, was even better than listening to their stories (sorry mom & dad) because I felt like I lived the story with the characters.
Susie Finkbeiner tackles difficult topics and through the characters, we are reminded of the importance of forgiveness as well as given a gentle reminder that even in our darkest moments, God is still with us. I highly recommend this story!
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About the Author:
Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author of A Cup of Dust, A Trail of Crumbs, and A Song of Home
Her most recent novel, All Manner of Things, releases in June, 2019 with Revell.
She serves on the Breathe Christian Writers Conference planning committee, volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and speaks at retreats and women’s events across the state. Susie and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan.