Before I tell you all about this wonderful novel that you are not going to want to miss, I wanted to let all of you audiobook fans out there that I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator for All Manner of Things. Just in case you’re searching for your next listen 🙂
About the Book
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.
In My Opinion
If you haven’t had the chance to read Susie Finkbeiner yet, please add her to your TBR list. This author writes beautiful, family-centric prose that you do not want to miss.
In All Manner of Things, Finkbeiner invites readers into the Jacobson family home. It’s not perfect, but it’s theirs and the love this family has for each other flows on every page. Life in 1967 isn’t all idyllic, there’s a war happening in Vietnam, there are racial riots, and, as the matriarch often points out to her children, there is plenty of trouble to be had.
Through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Annie, we experience love in all forms in Annie’s life—that of siblings who are best friends, family, friends, and perhaps the beginnings of romantic love. As the town and the family are touched by tragedies, I found myself wanting to hug each of these characters who became so real to me I forgot there only exist on these pages.
Keep that box of tissues near and sit down with Annie, Mike, Joel, and the rest of the family. This is one visit you’re going to want to experience for yourself.
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