Author Interview & Giveaway: Susie Finkbeiner

I’m so very excited to have Susie Finkbeiner here visiting with us today and chatting about her latest book All Manner of Things. I recently read this wonderful story, and couldn’t wait to get the chance to talk with Susie about her book!

SusieFinkbeiner  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, released 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.

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads //

About the book:

AllMannerOfThingsWhen 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.

Click on the title below to snag your copy:

  All Manner of Things

Author Interview:

beach-beauty-close-up-733828Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Susie:  Oh goodness. This is a hard one. But I have to say that I really love summer. The kids are home from school, we read a whole bunch together, and we make trips out to Lake Michigan to watch the sunset. It never lasts long enough.

Trisha:  A Michigan summer can’t be beat!

girls-739071_1920Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Susie: When my husband comes home from work. I know. It sounds cliche, but it’s true! He’s my favorite person and I love seeing him.

Trisha:  That is so very sweet!

love-2614754_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Susie:  I can’t believe that it’s been 10 years since it released, but I absolutely adore Lisa Samson’s The Passion of Mary-Margaret. I really love all of the books she shared with us!

Trisha:  I’ve not read The Passion of Mary-Margaret. I’m going to have to correct that soon!

podcasts-2633018_640Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Susie:  The Beatles!!!!! Of course!

Trisha: Of course!!

heart-1908901_640Q:  What do you love about this story? 

Susie:  I think my favorite thing about All Manner of Things is how the family really came together. They were such a joy to write and I miss them a whole lot.

Trisha:  Yes!! I wanted to hug them!

book-863418_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise? 

Susie:  Honestly? Walt Vanderlaan. I didn’t anticipate myself feeling pity for him. But I’m glad I got to that point while writing him.

Trisha:  He surprised me also, in a good way!

coffee-2440074_640Q:  What is something you hope readers will tell others about this story? 

Susie:  That even though this is a story that will make readers cry, it’s also chock full of hope.

Trisha:  Absolutely!!

correcting-1870721_640Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy? 

Susie:  In an early draft, Bernie’s Diner was a gift shop that sold toy tomahawks and collectible wooden shoes. I’m glad I switched it to a diner, though.

Trisha:  I like the dinner, it fits so well that I can’t imagine it being anything else.

alphabets-2365812_640Q:  What are you currently working on and when will it be available?! 

Susie:  I recently turned in a manuscript that will release next July. More information about that to come!

Trisha:  Oh, you are such a tease! I look forward to hearing more soon!

* * * * * GIVEAWAY  * * * * *

Susie Finkbeiner is giving away 1 (one) print copy of her book “All Manner of Things”. Review the policies here. Please note that due to shipping cost this print copy is only available to those in the continental USA. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period, the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, before another winner will be chosen.

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First Line Friday: All Manner of Things

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner! This story and its characters wove themselves around my heart. I laughed, I held my breath, I cried. CLICK HERE to read my full review.

AllMannerOfThings

June 1967
          When God created the world, he only afforded Michigan just so many good-weather days. 

 

  All Manner of Things

 

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All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner

Synopsis:

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.

  All Manner of Things

My Thoughts:

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!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

SusieFinkbeiner  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.

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads //

  All Manner of Things

 

 

Happy Book Birthday!

Your bookshelves are about to expand! Today is the release day for 5 phenomenal books that you won’t want to miss. I have read all but one of these, and it won’t be long before I get to the last one.

I’ll share these in the order I’ve read them. Clicking on the title of the book it will take you to my review. Clicking on the author’s name will take you to that author’s web page. Let’s dive right in!

The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton

TheKingsMercyWhen captured rebel Scotsman Alex MacKinnon is granted the king’s mercy–exile to the Colony of North Carolina–he’s indentured to Englishman Edmund Carey as a blacksmith. Against his will Alex is drawn into the struggles of Carey’s slaves–and those of his stepdaughter, Joanna Carey. A mistress with a servant’s heart, Joanna is expected to wed her father’s overseer, Phineas Reeves, but finds herself drawn instead to the new blacksmith. As their unlikely relationship deepens, successive tragedies strike the Careys. When blame falls unfairly upon Alex he flees to the distant mountains where he encounters Reverend Pauling, itinerate preacher and friend of the Careys, now a prisoner of the Cherokees. Haunted by his abandoning of Joanna, Alex tries to settle into life with the Cherokees, until circumstances thwart yet another attempt to forge his freedom and he’s faced with the choice that’s long hounded him: continue down his rebellious path or embrace the faith of a man like Pauling, whose freedom in Christ no man can steal. But the price of such mercy is total surrender, and perhaps Alex’s very life.

The King’s Mercy

A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund

AReluctantBrideLiving in London’s poorest slum, Mercy Wilkins has little hope of a better life. When she’s offered an opportunity to join a bride ship sailing to British Columbia, she agrees. After witnessing so much painful heartache and loss in the slums, the bride ship is her only prospect to escape a bleak future, not only for herself but, she hopes, someday for her sister.

Wealthy and titled Joseph Colville leaves home and takes to the sea in order to escape the pain of losing his family. As ship’s surgeon, he’s in charge of the passengers’ welfare aboard the Tynemouth, including sixty brides-to-be. He has no immediate intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, the two must fight against a forbidden love.

With hundreds of single men congregating on the shore eager to claim a bride from the Tynemouth, will Mercy and Joseph lose their chance at true love, or will they be able to overcome the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart?

  A Reluctant Bride (Bride Ships #1)

More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer

MoreThanWordsCanSayAfter fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to live life on his own terms. No family entanglements. No opportunities to disappoint those he cares about. Just the quiet bachelor existence he’s always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away once again when the baker of his favorite breakfast treat is railroaded by the city council. As hard as he tries to avoid getting involved, he can’t turn a blind eye to her predicament . . . or her adorable dimples.

Abigail Kemp needs a man’s name on her bakery’s deed. A marriage of convenience seems the best solution . . . if it involves a man she can control. Not the stoic lumberman who oozes confidence without saying a word whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can’t even control her pulse when around him.

When vows are spoken, Abigail’s troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. As trust grows between Zach and Abby, she finds she wants more than his rescue. She wants his heart.

More Than Words Can Say (Patchwork Family #2)

The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

TheNumberOfLoveThree years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

  The Number of Love (Codebreakers #1)

All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner

AllMannerOfThingsWhen 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.

  All Manner of Things

 

Now that your summer is fully booked, be sure to snag your copies today!