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January 16, 2023

Everything Is Just Beginning by Erin Bartels ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"I wasn't invited.
I should make that clear right off the bat.
Because I don't want you to get the wrong idea about me.  I'm nobody special.  I don't know anybody important and nobody important knows me.  I just happened to know somebody who knew somebody.  Or rather, I happened to have the same name as somebody who knew somebody."  (p 13)

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book cover of Christian fiction novel Everything is Just Beginning by Erin Bartels
January 2023; Revell; 978-0800741655
audio, ebook, print (352 pages); Christian fiction

December 31, 1989.  The world is changing - the Berlin Wall coming down, the Soviet Union is becoming freer and Michael takes a chance that changes his entire life.  Up until he goes to a New Year's Eve party, his life was in a holding pattern.  He worked in a dead-end job and didn't see much of a future.  He loved music but had been kicked out of the bank he played in.  He loved to write lyrics for songs but the band refused to play his music.  So here he is living in his uncle's run-down trailer and he sees an invitation to his uncle for a party at the mansion across the road.  He has the same name as his uncle so he decides to go to the party in his uncle's place.  The party is hosted by a famous music couple who've been very successful  He also meets the young lady who will change his life -- Natalie.  They hit it off and become friends, spending a lot of time listening to music.  She is the daughter of a popular music couple and she's blind and very talented with her musical abilities.  Their friendship will totally change both of their lives because they bring out the best in each other.

I enjoyed Michael right from the first page.  Even though his life has been tough, he appreciates the changes in it after he and Natalie start to make music together.  Natalie may be blind but she sees more in Michael than he sees in himself.  This is a story about family and forgiveness, hard life and hopes for the future plus fantastic music references.  It's a look at two lonely young people who encourage each other in their quest to make music and work hard to look ahead at their futures instead of thinking about their failures in the past.

Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.

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