22 June 2020

Stories That Bind Us | Book Review


Betty Sweet never expected to be a widow at 40. With so much life still in front of her, she tries to figure out what's next. She couldn't have imagined what God had in mind. When her estranged sister is committed to a sanitarium, Betty finds herself taking on the care of a 5-year-old nephew she never knew she had.

In 1960s LaFontaine, Michigan, they make an odd pair. Betty with her pink button nose and bouffant hair. Hugo with his light brown skin and large brown eyes. But more powerful than what makes them different is what they share: the heartache of an empty space in their lives. Slowly, they will learn to trust one another as they discover common ground and healing through the magic of storytelling.

Award-winning author Susie Finkbeiner offers fans a novel that invites us to rediscover the power of story to open the doors of our hearts.

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: June 2, 2020


I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Susie Finkbeiner, so I had high hopes for Stories That Bind Us—luckily, it did not disappoint.

Widow Betty Sweet is unsure of her next step—until she must take care of her young (and previously unknown) nephew. Together, they make an unlikely pair, and yet, there is still so much they have to offer each other as the story progresses. 

FInkbeiner has a way of writing stories and crafting characters that feels so authentic. Betty and Hugo come to life—full of dueling emotions—and their growth throughout Stories That Bind Us is just right. And the history surrounding them proves relevant, but does not overwhelm. I loved every page of this book, highly recommend it, and cannot wait to read more from Finkbeiner.

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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