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Sing for Me By Karen Halvorsen Schreck,

  • Title: Sing for Me
  • Author: Karen Halvorsen Schreck
  • ISBN: 9781476705484
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a good church girl starts singing in a jazz club and falls for the music as well as a handsome African American man she struggles to reconcile her childhood faith with her newfound passions.Raised in the Danish Baptist Church, Rose Sorensen knows it s wrong to sing worldly songs But Rose still yearns for those she hears on the radio Cheek to Cheek, Smoke Gets in YWhen a good church girl starts singing in a jazz club and falls for the music as well as a handsome African American man she struggles to reconcile her childhood faith with her newfound passions.Raised in the Danish Baptist Church, Rose Sorensen knows it s wrong to sing worldly songs But Rose still yearns for those she hears on the radio Cheek to Cheek, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and sings them when no one is around One day, Rose s cousin takes her to Calliope s, a jazz club, where she dis covers an exciting world she never knew existed Here, blacks and whites mingle, brought together by their shared love of music And though Rose wor ries it s wrong her parents already have a stable husband in mind for her she can t stop thinking about the African American pianist of the Chess Men, Theo Chastain When Rose returns to the jazz club, she is offered the role of singer for the Chess Men The job would provide money to care for her sister, Sophy, who has cerebral palsy but at what cost As Rose gets to know Theo, their fledgling relationship faces prejudices she never imagined And as she struggles to balance the dream world of Calliope s with her cold, hard reality, she also wrestles with God s call for her life Can she be a jazz singer Or will her faith suffer because of her worldly ways Set in Depression era Chicago and rich in historical detail, Sing for Me is a beautiful, evocative story about finding real, unflinching love and embracing at all costs your calling.
    Sing for Me When a good church girl starts singing in a jazz club and falls for the music as well as a handsome African American man she struggles to reconcile her childhood faith with her newfound passions Raise

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    1. Loved this book Not only because it s set in the Chicago my Swedish grandparents moved to and lived in, not only because it offers up historical gems every Chicagoan will love, not only because the heroine is a Scandinavian with SOUL, not only because the heroine and I share a love of Mihalia Jackson, but because the story is so powerful, so engaging Only a few pages in, I couldn t put it down this wonderful story of love and injustice and following God given dreams and callings.

    2. This was one of those books where I wasn t sure how engaging it might be The cover, the reference to Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and the premise of the book all caught my attention, but I didn t know if the story would hold my attention It looked like it could be a slower read And yes, in some ways it was, as it s literary in nature, very focused on descriptions of the characters, background, setting, and feelings Even still, I wasn t able to give up on it Sing for Me captured my imagination and w [...]

    3. This book offered a storyline plot that is somewhat different than the things I am normally drawn to I am always up for something different, and this book offered just that The setting is Chicago in the 1930 s, mid depression Rose Sorensen, our passionate heroine, finds herself between a rock and a hard place She is loves to sing types of music that she knows her family and the people of the church she was raised in would not approve of, and she finds herself in love with an African American man [...]

    4. This is the second book I have read by this author, and again I am amazed by her ability to construct complex young adult characters Sing for Me is set in Chicago, during the Depression, Rose Sorenson is a mostly obedient daughter and always responsible older sister She understands what is expected in her family and her church and she sticks to the path that has been laid out for her Then, one night her cousin introduces her to a new world of music in a smoky jazz club It is there where she real [...]

    5. Sing For Me is an achingly beautiful story of longing and hope in the midst of what seems impossible Karen Halvorsen Schreck reaches deep into the soul with prose that sings Straightforward Honest Utterly compelling.

    6. received this book from Howard Books for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book The opinions expressed here are my own.Book Description When a good church girl starts singing in a jazz club and falls for the music as well as a handsome African American man she struggles to reconcile her childhood faith with her newfound passions.Raised in the Danish Baptist Church, Rose Sorensen knows it s wrong to sing worldly songs But Rose still yearns for those she hears on the radio Cheek t [...]

    7. Sing for Me was a novel that interested me from the moment that I read the description The plot held the promise of depth and uniqueness and delivered both Karen Halvorsen Schreck builds a poignant tale of love, acceptance, and purpose set in 1930s Chicago It reads like a work of literature and ventures into subjects that are thought provoking and emotionally charged Halvorsen Schreck shows the shades of gray between the spectrum of perceived right and wrong, acceptable and unacceptable Her char [...]

    8. Karen Halvorsen Schreck in her new book Sing For Me published by Howard Books takes us into the life of Rose Sorensen.From the back cover When a good church girl starts singing in a jazz club and falls for the music as well as a handsome African American man she struggles to reconcile her childhood faith with her newfound passions.Raised in the Danish Baptist Church, Rose Sorensen knows it s wrong to sing worldly songs But Rose still yearns for those she hears on the radio Cheek to Cheek, Smoke [...]

    9. Howard Books sent the book Sing For Me by Karen Halvorsen Schreck for my review I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books, for my honest review The opinions expressed here are my own From the cover, I was not sure I would like this novel That just goes to show that you cannot literally judge a book by its cover.I thought this was an excellent book, both in writing style and story content I enjoy period novels and this was set in the 1930 s during the Jazz Age in Chicago Times were ha [...]

    10. A captivating tale set against tumultuous times Rose Sorenson is a hardworking young woman who longs for the sounds and music of the late night jazz clubs The Danish Baptist Church she attends, looks down on the worldly songs that are sung on the radio and in the clubs, but Rose finds herself drawn to them and their beauty When Rose gets the chance to sing for a band called The Chess Men, she has a choice to make between her family s expectations and the song in her heart.I loved the style of th [...]

    11. This is one of those rare novels that feels like it had to be written As you read, you know that it probably wasn t easy to write.It was most likely birthed with struggle, prayers, and hope And you also know that is was worth it, because the story is so pure and precious The plot of this novel sounds fairly straightforward Don t be deceived into thinking it s a simple story Rose Sorensen, a young woman with songs in her blood, visits a jazz club with her cousin Rob Rob knew that bringing her to [...]

    12. The fortunes of Rose s family have suffered since the Depression hit As a result, they ve had to downsize into an apartment owned by the wealthy Nygaard family, on whom they are wholly dependent Rose, however, has an opportunity to bring in some extra income by singing songs both families disapprove of Prohibition is over and the jazz club is legal, as is Rose s attendance there But what would happen to her family if her evening occupation and companions were discovered Sing For Me is a book I c [...]

    13. Prepare to be immersed in the semi Utopian world of Chicago s Bronzeville jazz clubs It is 1937 and the Depression has struck the nation and left chaos in its wake In many respects it has evened the playing field for many but among the older generation there are still taboos that can t be broken.Rose s cousin Rob has long admired her singing abilities Up to this point Rose has only sung in church But she secretly sings worldly songs that seem to stir her soul One night Rob convinces her to sneak [...]

    14. Sing for Me is a debut novel set in an era that is rife with corruptness in a time that made falling in love and pursuing your dreams an impossible thing I couldn t help but feel a great deal of empathy for Rose who is burdened to care for her disabled sister, wanting to sing because that is the desire God has laid on her heart and falling for a forbidden love, one her family, especially her father and definitely all of society is not going to accept or tolerate It was hard to read and know how [...]

    15. When I heard about Karen Halvorsen Schreck s release of Sing for me, a story of a good church girl singing in a jazz club in depression era Chicago, I couldn t wait to read it I m glad to say my excitement was well placed I got the book in the mail on a Saturday afternoon, and didn t put it down until I d turned the last page in the small hours of Sunday morning I haven t done that in a long time.Sing for Me is beautiful story not only for its well researched historical detail and finely drawn c [...]

    16. I wanted to like this book It seemed like it has some great ideas, some good characters, and good potential And I m a singer who does both church and secular music So it should have struck a chord But something just seemed missing to me Maybe because the characters weren t quite developed enough Maybe because the action seemed a bit too quick Girl falls for guy at first meeting despite obvious barriers Girl switches from good girl conservative church singing to sneaking out at midnight to sing i [...]

    17. Breathtakingly good The premise sounded compelling, but I hesitated because I don t generally do romance, or Christian fiction, or historical fiction But Sing for Me is not typical genre fiction It has a wonderful literary feel, with lyrical language and nuanced characters and an strong sense of time and place But I think what I loved most of all in addition to the characters themselves is the gentle but powerful way that justice and faithfulness were woven into the narrative The novel has a mor [...]

    18. and this is what Papa says He says on this earth we are homeless and searching, though we may fool ourselves into thinking otherwise He says it doesn t matter, the color of our skin We are traveling through this world, seeking another home Schreck brings the story of the early nineteen hundreds to life in a twist of forbidden loves, forbidden by color, forbidden from jazz music, forbidden to dream a different dream than your parents, trials that rocked the 1920 s The story is realistic, entertai [...]

    19. Rose sneaks out with her cousin who takes her to this jazz club to sing What she sees when she gets to the club is everything her parents have told her to stay away from, yet she is drawn not only to the club, but to the pianist of the Chess Men This is a rich story that just sings Recommended

    20. Such a good book There are many aspects of this novel that I think the author tastefully described, weighing in on the magnitude while not being crude.

    21. Sing for Me shouldn t work as well as it does A historically research piece about race, art, religion, immigrant culture, labor and class relations, gender, family, disability, and perhaps most of all the mythic place known as Chicago, the novel weaves together big and small ideas about place, period, and identity The writer s experience and talent play a part in this book s success, but I think the key is the way every character, setting, and problem is witnessed with love.I won t recap the sto [...]

    22. Sing for me is a story that takes place in the 30s and the lead character Rose sings in her church and her cousin decides to sneak her out of her apartment to go to a night club speak easy There when she does sing she blows them away with her voice and she was offered a job to sing there The family could use the extra money because her sister has cerebral palsy, were struggling After she is there performing for a short while she begins to date one of the musicians and this causes problems for th [...]

    23. The story plotline of this book was different then most books The main character, Rose, face different problems She has to choose between her church or her love for singing other songs than just church songs In the timeline where the story was set, Rose s parents were the ones who chose who she loved or who she got married too The author, Karen Halvorsen Svhreck, did a great job on expressing what Rose felt inside You can try to relate to some problems that the main character faced but mostly yo [...]

    24. This book is one of my favorites of this year and I ve read over 50 so far I m a big fan of jazz music, and Frank Sinatra is my favorite singer of all time This book was such a joy for me to read I was so drawn in by the charisma of it all that I finished it in less then 24 hours Which included staying up until 2 30 in the morning Besides just the setting and the songs, it was well written, and the characters had depth Also, the white black tension and danger for that time period was very accura [...]

    25. Climb out the bedroom window and down the fire escape with Rose Hop into her cousin s DeSoto and travel across Chicago to a jazz club for some great music, music forbidden to her Don t lose sight of Rose as her journey becomes ever dangerous, opposing her father, the church, and an intolerant culture The tension of a racially mixed relationship, the inclusion of a character with a disability, the unusual setting of 1930s Chicago, and superb writing all add up to an excellent story with unexpect [...]

    26. This book so was so up my alley Depression era novel young female grappling with her own desires vs her religious upbringing a relationship between a white woman and an African American man in Chicago mid 1930s that I feared it wouldn t live up to my expectations But yay I really liked it The young woman is a singer, and I was impressed at how beautifully the writing about the music was conveyed Often when people try to capture music in words it falls flat, but in Sing for Me, the music moves th [...]

    27. I was drawn to this book by the Art Deco font in the title and the title itself I have always wanted to be a jazz singer, so I had to read this book I enjoyed all the additions of hymns and standards lyrics I really struggled through the first third of the book, but once Rose started to sing and the relationship bloomed I quickly picked up interest The title was cleverSing for Me a person of song I can understand her needing to sing for her own need, but I can t quit thinking about the spiritual [...]

    28. I wanted to like this book I m a singer myself, singing in church, having toured with a band in the past The premise was promising, but the story was flat for me It s a nice story Nice, and tame, and predictable I still have hope for Christian fiction something that will challenge me, thrill me with a gripping story, keep me up at night thinking about the characters But alas, this wasn t it.

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