Review of A Song of Home: Beautiful Next Book in a Series from Susie Finkbeiner

I first stumbled upon Susie Finkbeiner when I reviewed her book A Cup of Dust. This historical fiction book quickly became one of my favorites. It was set during a historical time I hadn’t thought much about- The Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. It featured a sweet young girl as the first person narrator. And it was a beautiful story of love and redemption.

I read and reviewed the follow-up to that book- A Trail of Crumbs. And I recently had the chance to read and review the newest book in the series- A Song of Home. I wasn’t disappointed, but there was one big negative in this book for me.

Review of Christian Fiction A Song of Home
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About the Book

From the Amazon description…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.

My Thoughts

As with the first two books, Pearl’s narration of her life story is beautiful and compelling. She’s a very likable and interesting character, and the other characters in the story are well developed through her eyes. Pearl’s life isn’t easy. It hasn’t been throughout this series. But Pearl’s faith and resilience shine through once again.
Susie Finkbeiner does an excellent job balancing Pearl’s inner thoughts with the dialogue and action throughout the book. This carries the story in a way that makes the reader want to keep reading. It’s a difficult book to put down.
Here is my one complaint with A Song of Home. Throughout these books Pearl’s story has been realistic. It’s not sugar coated. She’s a real kid in a real family with dysfunction and issues just like the rest of us. The situations that arise around her are realistic. This time period in history was desperately bleak and life was hard for so many people. 
A Song of Home begins in the same way. The ending, however- and I won’t spoil it for you- seemed to happen too neatly and to be wrapped up in a nice, tidy parcel. Having lived with a family member with some similarities to Pearl’s mother, I know that relationships with those people don’t typically resolve simply and happily. Sometimes they never resolve. And, if they do, it’s rarely in a neat, quick, happy way. Because of this, my complaint about the book is in how it wraps up.
Is my opinion colored by my own experience? Absolutely. Could I be totally off base? Absolutely. 🙂 Overall this is an amazing book, like it predecessors. I still give it five awesome stars and a PG-13 rating for content. (Although the narrator is a young girl, the situations in the book aren’t for young readers.)

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

Review of Christian Fiction A Song of Home

You can find A Song of Home on Amazon here and on Kregel here.

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