Monday, June 17, 2019

All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner

This is a touching novel about a small family during the Vietnam War years. The book is character driven, seen through the eyes of the daughter Annie, a recent high school graduate. The story centers around changes in family dynamics as Annie's older brother, Mike, decides to enlist in the Army instead of wait for his draft notice.

The effect of war on a family is a strong issue in the novel. Annie and Mike's father had been in the Korean War. Upon his return, he was unstable and abandoned the family. Mike had become the responsible man in the family and now he was leaving for war. We see how Annie, her mother and younger brother deal with the change. Through a series of events, the father is back in the picture after being gone over a decade. Another part of the novel is how the family members react to him.

The plot was a tad bit predictable. There is no suspense. There are no surprises. There is some romance with Annie but I found it a little puzzling and unsettled. The strength of the novel comes from Finkbeiner's writing style. Her work is a pleasure to read. This is a book for readers who would enjoy a novel centering on family relationships in troubled times.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Susie Finkbeiner is a CBA bestselling author. She serves on the Breathe Christian Writers Conference planning committee and volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She speaks at retreats and women's events across the state. She and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan. Photo credit: Bree Rose Photos.

Revell, 448 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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