Book Review,  Historical Fiction

The All American by Susie Finkbeiner

This one is in my top-5 reads of this year!


Two sisters discover how much good there is in the world–even in the hardest of circumstances

It is 1952, and nearly all the girls 16-year-old Bertha Harding knows dream of getting married, keeping house, and raising children in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Bertha dreams of baseball. She reads every story in the sports section, she plays ball with the neighborhood boys–she even writes letters to the pitcher for the Workington Sweet Peas, part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. When Bertha’s father is accused of being part of the Communist Party by the House Un-American Activities Committee, life comes crashing down on them. Disgraced and shunned, the Hardings move to a small town to start over where the only one who knows them is shy Uncle Matthew. But dreams are hard to kill, and when Bertha gets a chance to try out for the Workington Sweet Peas, she packs her bags for an adventure she’ll never forget.Join award-winning author Susie Finkbeiner for a summer of chasing down your dreams and discovering the place you truly belong.



Oh my goodness, if this gem isn’t on your TBR pile (To be Read Pile) then you’ll want to add it STAT.

What a delight. Although this is Bertha’s story, I rapidly fell head over heels in love with Florance, her younger sister. Or Flossie, as I call her. Goodness, what a feisty and precious character.

This is a tender, wonderfully woven story that will stay in your heart for a long time, as will those characters. Not all HEA’s (happily ever afters) look the same.

Finkbeiner brings to life the social climate of the times and nails it.

I could go on gushing about this book, but I’ll let you discover this absolute treasure for yourself! Go on, go get your copy!


I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and my opinion is my own.



About Susie Finkbeiner

Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author of The Nature of Small Birds, All Manner of Things — which was selected as a 2020 Michigan Notable Book — and Stories That Bind Us, as well as A Cup of Dust, A Trail of Crumbs, and A Song of Home.

She serves on the Fiction Readers Summit planning committee, volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and speaks at retreats and women’s events across the country. Susie and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan.



Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.

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