22 June 2019

All Manner of Things | Book Review


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.

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: June 4, 2019


I fell in love with Susie Finkbeiner’s storytelling in her Pearl Spence series, exploring life during the Dust Bowl. Now, with All Manner of Things, she turns her historical lens to the Vietnam War and delivers a story no less beautifully told. I have not read many novels set during this time, but Finkbeiner brings it to life with vivid characterizations, heart-wrenching circumstances and choices, and poignant themes of hope and forgiveness.

All Manner of Things is one of those stories I will not soon forget. The feelings it stirred within me lingered long after I read the final page. It is wholly worth the read—I highly recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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