Friday, July 31, 2015

The Heart is Where the Angels Sing by Kenny Miller

Genre: Adult, Short Stories
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

From Goodreads:

Have you ever wondered what it is like to live in a small town in the American Midwest? Maybe you grew up in one and moved on. Would you like to take a little break and go back there for a while?

You can with The Heart Is Where The Angels Sing. It's a warm, often very emotional book about life in a small town during the 1950-1960 period. Get ready for the Beatles. Go to camp with the Boy Scouts. Be part of a school's first band. Be there as Walter told us about the dreadful events in Dallas and the loss of a President who was putting us on a new path to the moon.

The Heart Is Where The Angels Sing will grab your heart so have some tissues close by. It's a journey in time where you can take all the time you want to enjoy it. Each story takes you to a new place. You won't have to keep reading to find out what's next. It's the perfect night stand book that will send you off to bed with a smile on your face or maybe, a tear in your eye.
Either way, you will have a wonderful journey into the heart of America. Welcome home.

My Thoughts:
Although this book starts out a little slow it is still a very good book. It is a collection of short stories about a boy’s life as he grew up in a small Nebraska town. From polio at a young age the possibilities of his life are laid before him. I liked the way his father always believed he could do anything. He had a lot of encouragement throughout his life and learned some great life lessons along the way. I was born in the late fifties and grew up on a farm in the Midwest. I could relate to so many of his “memories”. It made me stop and think about those times and how they shaped me just like they shaped him. This is a good book to read for many reasons. It gives you a peak through memories of that time period. It especially showed how kids were raised so much differently then and often had more freedoms. We had the freedom to experiment with life and learn lessons often the hard way. It also showed that a lot of the experiences kids have today are not so different from how he grew up. A great look back into times gone by.

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