When Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know. In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. As they work toward healing and pray fervently for Mike’s safety overseas, letter by letter the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.
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All Manner of Things is a heartfelt book seen through the eyes of Annie Jacobsin during the Vietnam War. Wonderfully written and thought provoking, It’s a story of forgiveness, second chances and hope. I loved how we see the world through Annie’s eyes. The letters sent home from her brother scattered throughout the story gives the readers glimpse of the war. It is not a fast paced story but one that ebbs and flows like life does. I really enjoyed this book. I don’t know a lot about the Vietnam War so this story made me more interested in what happened. Susie Finkbeiner writes stories that will capture your heart and keep you thinking of the characters long after you read it.
I recommend this book to my family and friends.
I received a complementary copy of this book to read and give my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own.