Stories that bind us

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leader



Stories that bind us


Susie Finkbeiner




June 2020




367 pages

The best word to describe Stories that bind us is sweet. This is a very sweet story of the 1960’s and a woman actually named Betty Sweet. The Sweet family have run a bakery for years and when Betty marries Norman Sweet, she becomes part of a wonderful loving family. She and Norman are not blessed with children but have a full contented life until Betty is left a widow at the age of 40.

In the 60’s, the age of 40 seemed older than it does to us today and Betty never imagined much else would happen in her life. But she is thrown for a tailspin when her sister, estranged for years, returns to town with her young son, Hugo, in tow. Hugo, with his beautiful brown skin and dark brown eyes raises a few eyebrows but Betty and the entire Sweet family take it all in stride as Betty cares for Hugo while his mother is mentally ill.

Although set in a tumultuous time, Stories that bind us does not contain any earth shattering events related to the era but rather demonstrates the beautiful power of story.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Fans of Christian fiction, historical fiction and author Susie Finkbeiner

Christian Impact:

The author brings out so many wonderful emotions: Love for family, acceptance, kindness and trusting in the Lord.

Stories That Bind Us

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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