One day, Rose’s cousin takes her to Calliope’s, a jazz club, where she discovers an exciting world she never knew existed. Here, blacks and whites mingle, brought together by their shared love of music. And though Rose worries 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?
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 could have read in one sitting if not for the other things I needed to do. I got halfway through before that nagging to do list spoke loudly enough for me to hear. I came back to it later in the day, and had it finished before bedtime! This is a novel about being different, and the difficulties that come from those differences. In this book, many of the characters learn to step out of their comfort zone and overcome great obstacles to be who they were made to be. While some of the situations in Sing For Me are depressing at times, it is also a book that gives us hope. The hymn Just As I Am is referred to throughout the pages. It’s a reminder that God accepts all of us. He gave His Son to die for us. This is something we all have in common, no matter who we are.
Thank you to HowardBooks for my complimentary copy of Sing For Me, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Howard Books (A division of Simon & Schuster)
Publication Date: 01 April 2014
Page Count: 336