A Song of Home: A Novel of the Swing Era
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A Song of Home: A Novel of the Swing Era   -     By: Susie Finkbeiner

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Pearl Spence is finally getting used to life in Michigan. She's made her peace with the piles of snow that come with winter. She and Ray are making friends and figuring out how to fit in. Pearl has even discovered the library, a place she'd never heard of back in Dust Bowl Oklahoma. In fact, a chair in the stacks, surrounded by books, might be her new favorite place on earth - until she discovers swing dancing.

Now Opal Moon, the family's hired help and an expert in swing, is teaching Pearl the steps to this new style of dance. The sheer fun of the moves and music is a distraction from the fact that Mama is still missing, too caught up in her own grieving to spare a thought for her family.

When Mama unexpectedly returns, it isn't a happy occasion. Pearl must decide between forgiveness and bitterness--and when calamity strikes again, there are no easy answers. Finkbeiner's portrayal of both tragedy and everyday life in times of great change is charged with a raw beauty that will haunt the reader. Fans of the two prior Pearl Spence novels won't be disappointed!

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Title: A Song of Home: A Novel of the Swing Era
By: Susie Finkbeiner
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2017
Weight: 13 ounces
ISBN: 0825444829
ISBN-13: 9780825444821
Series: Pearl Spence
Stock No: WW445049

Publisher's Description

"Susie Finkbeiner never fails to transport her readers through time and space, welcoming us into worlds we never want to leave."--Julie Cantrell, New York Times best-selling author of Into the Free

Pearl Spence has finally settled into a routine in Bliss, Michigan, far from her home in Red River, Oklahoma. Like all the other kids, she goes to school each day, plays in the woods, and does her chores. But there's one big difference: Mama is still gone, and doesn't seem to have a thought for the family she's left behind.

Escaping from her worries is another part of Pearl's new routine, whether that's running to Aunt Carrie's farm, listening to the radio with Ray, or losing herself in a book. In fact, a chair in the stacks, surrounded by books, might be her favorite place on earth--until she discovers swing dancing. The music transports Pearl to a whole other world.

When Mama unexpectedly returns, it isn't the happy occasion Pearl had imagined. Mama is distant and Pearl can't figure out how to please her. And the horrible way she treats Daddy is more than Pearl can bear. Seems life would be better if Mama would just stay away.

Finkbeiner's portrayal of both tragedy and everyday life in times of great change is charged with a raw beauty that will haunt readers. Fans of inspirational fiction that tugs at your heartstrings and makes you feel as if you've finally come home will love A Song of Home and the previous Pearl Spence books.

Enjoy all the Pearl Spence Novels
1.A Cup of Dust
2. A Trail of Crumbs
3. A Song of Home

"Nobody writes like Susie Finkbeiner, nobody. Her incomparable narrative voice pulls me in, every time." - Katherine Scott Jones, author of Her Memory of Music

Author Bio

CBA bestselling author Susie Finkbeiner is a story junkie. Always has been and always will be. It seems it's a congenital condition. After decades of reading everything she could get her hands on (except for See the Eel, a book assigned to her while in first grade, a book she declared unfit for her book-snob eyes), Susie realized that she wanted to write stories of her own. She began with epics about horses and kittens (but never, ever eels).

In order to learn how to write novels, she read eclectically and adventurously. After reading the work of Lisa Samson, Patti Hill, and Bonnie Grove she realized that there was room for a writer like her in Christian fiction. Susie is also greatly inspired by the work of Jocelyn Green, Rachel McMillan, and Tracy Groot.

Her first novels, Paint Chips (2013) and My Mother's Chamomile (2014) have contemporary settings. While she loved those stories and especially the characters, Susie felt the pull toward historical fiction. When she read Into the Free by Julie Cantrell she knew she wanted to write historical stories with a side of spunk, grit, and vulnerability.

A Cup of Dust: A Novel of the Dust Bowl (2015), Finkbeiner's bestselling historical set in 1930s Oklahoma, has been compared to the work of John Steinbeck and Harper Lee (which flatters Susie's socks off). Pearl's story continues with A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of the Great Depression (2017) and A Song of Home: A Novel of the Swing Era (2018).

Susie Finkbeiner is a stay-at-home mom & speaker from West Michigan. She has served as fiction editor and regular contributor to the Burnside Writers Guild and Unbound magazine. Finkbeiner is an avid blogger (see www.susiefinkbeiner.com), is on the planning committee of the Breathe Christian Writers Conference, and has presented or led groups of other writers at several conferences.

What does she have planned after that? More stories, of course. She's a junkie. She couldn't quit if she wanted to.

Editorial Reviews

"Susie Finkbeiner never fails to transport her readers through time and space, welcoming us into worlds we never want to leave. She is a master at drawing characters we begin to love and keeping us turning the pages as we share their emotional journeys with them." -- Julie Cantrell, New York Times best-selling author of Into the Free

"When you open a Pearl Spence novel, don't expect to simply read it. Expect to live the tale. Through the eyes and voice of the incomparable Pearl, we experience three distinct chapters of the American story. In each one, author Susie Finkbeiner evokes a mood, an ambience, a tide of emotions just below the surface of the printed page. Every novel as poignant and compelling as the last, these rich stories are gifts to be savored time and again." -- Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of The Mark of the King

"Pearl Spence is a winsome and compelling protagonist in a series that brings the era of the Dust Bowl and the Depression into full-color life. The books are gritty and haunting as Finkbeiner courageously and vividly portrays the struggle of one family to find hope in the midst of devastation. When you find yourself wanting to pray for a fictional character, you know the author has done her job well." -- Sharon Garlough Brown, author of the Sensible Shoes series

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