Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Book Review: All-American by Susan Finkbeiner

I recently finished the book  "All American" by Susan Finkbeiner. A favorite summer read here on the gravelly road as I could barely put it down once I started it. 

Set in 1952, this book follows the two sisters of the Harding family, with the narrative switching perspectives between the sisters throughout the book. Bertha, the oldest, dreams of baseball, unlike her high peers. Flossie just wants to read instead of having to deal with late elementary school friendship challenges. The world of both sisters comes crashing down when neighbor accuses their father of being a member of the communist party.

I was quickly drawn into the world created by the author, the emotions of the characters, the chasing of unlikely dreams, the history woven throughout and the plot twists that kept me on my toes. The family faced huge challenges yet stood strong in their faith and never gave up. Bertha found encouragement to chase her dream of playing baseball in unlikely places, and even when it seemed her dream was falling apart, she never lost hope. 

Family. Baseball. Determination. Dreams. A great story indeed.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a review. No positive review was required, and all opinions are my own.

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