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Sarah's Song
by Karen Kingsbury
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Warner, 2004 (2004)

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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Eighty-six-year-old Sarah Lindeman may live in a nursing home, but she still manages to complete her twelve day Christmas ritual of remembrance every year. Sarah holds out hope that some day, she will be able to share her story and its accompanying song with someone who truly needs to hear it. Sarah is dying, but she knows God will allow her to live long enough to remember one more time.

Beth Baldwin is a nursing assistant who occasionally helps to care for Sarah. Beth has become disillusioned with her marriage to Bobby. She's fallen out of love and has made the decision to leave him. Bobby convinces her to stay until after Christmas, in order to preserve the holiday for their daughter. Then, Beth hears Sarah humming a beautiful song, and her life begins to change. Can God redeem even the most troubled marriage? Will Sarah live to share her complete story and so help to change another life?

This is the third book in Karen Kingsbury's Red Gloves series. Readers will find Sarah endearing from the first page, and will want to discover her life story right along with Beth. The characters are richly detailed and feel like real people with true-to-life struggles and dilemmas. God's love shines through in a subtle but inspirational way. Listed in the final chapter are Red Gloves projects that can help readers to put their faith and Christmas spirit into practice. Just as the novel focuses on an elderly woman, the projects also center around older people.

Although brief, Sarah's Song packs an emotional punch that will stay with you long after the last page is turned. The story will enrich your life, provide hope, and give you the incentive to preserve your own relationships.

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