Sing for Me



❮Reading❯ ➽ Sing for Me ➶ Author Karen Halvorsen Schreck – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 passionsRaised 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 passionsRaised 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 Sing for PDF/EPUB ² 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

Karen Halvorsen Schreck is the author of the historical novels Broken Ground Simon Schuster May , called a masterfully writtenmust read by USA Today, and Sing For Me, which Publisher s Weekly described as an impressive debut a well wrought and edifying page turner in a Starred Review, along with two novels for young adults and a book for children Her short stories, interviews, and essays have appeared in magazines and journals including The Rumpus, Belt, and Image The recipient of Sing for PDF/EPUB ² a Pushcart Prize and an Illinois State Arts Council Grant, Karen received her doctorate in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago She lives with her husband, the photographer Greg Halvorsen Schreck, and their two children in Wheaton, Illinois, and is at work on her next novelForinformation, please connect with Karen at Facebook Twitter KarenSchreckYou can also find her on Instagram khschreck.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Sing for Me
  • Karen Halvorsen Schreck
  • English
  • 12 October 2017
  • 1476705488

10 thoughts on “Sing for Me

  1. says:

    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.

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    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 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 realizes she is called to sing, and not just the hymns from church where she is a soloist In that jazz club, she also meets Theo Chastain, a gifted piano player, who is African American Without revealing too much, the story unfolds and Rose is forced to evaluate who she is, who she wants to be and how she is going to live her faith I was moved by how Rose grapples with balancing her family and faith in this story This is not a black and white story about how things should be It is honest and nuanced filled with the heartbreaks and wistfulness that come with not being who people want you to be It is also always maintains the hope that people can change and things can get better The whole story is enhanced by wonderfully accurate historical references to people and places I really felt suspended in Rose and Theo s time and I was sad to have the story end

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    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 nove 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 moral and spiritual rootedness that isn t forced or flat or tacked on, but at the very heart of the story It s a gorgeous and inspiring novel that kept me up way past my bedtime

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    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 Ch 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 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 My Thoughts Sing For Me is the first book by Karen Halvorsen Schreck I have had the pleasure of reading Set in 1937, this book tells the story of Rose Sorensen, a Danish Baptist, who loves to sing all songs especially Jazz music Rose s parents are strict Baptist that expect their daughter to follow also Rose works all day cleaning houses and taking care of her sister, Sophy, who is handicapped One night Rose s cousin, Rob, takes Rose to a jazz club called Calliope s where blacks and whites mingle from their shared loved of jazz Rose meets one of the musicians, Theo, and can t stop thinking about him Theo plays the piano for the band The Chess Men, a mixed race group that plays at Calliope s After hearing Rose sing The Chess Men offer Rose a job as their singer, makingmoney than she could ever make doing the work she is doing Rose and Theo find themselves drawnandto one another They know the risks but still try to be together Sing For Me is a wonderful story about Chicago during 1937 I have never read anything by Karen Halvorsen Schreck but when I read the description about the book, I had to read it I love Christian Historical Fiction and this is no exception Karen Halvorsen Schreck writes with authority about Chicago in the 1930 s, Danish Baptist Church, Denmark, jazz music, and cerebral palsy and how it was treated then I found myself unable to put this book down once I started reading, it really drew me in and held on I loved the characters in this book especially Theo s Mom, Mrs Chastain Her acceptance of Rose and Theo s relationship and her faith really stood out to me She was a loving mother who treated everyone like her child, taking care of them and accepting of them no matter what I enjoyed that throughout this story Karen Halvorsen Shreck s characters always leaned on their faith whether good times or bad, this was a consistent theme throughout I felt like I was right there watching these events unfold from the descriptions of Chicago and the time period This book also delved into interracial relationships and how they were looked at during this time period also I really enjoyed the historical facts that were mixed in with the fiction I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction, you will not be disappointed I cannot wait to readfrom Karen Halvorsen Schreck I give this book 4.5 STARS

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    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 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 characters confront prejudices on a few different fronts and learn to depend on their faith to steer them in the right direction Rose Sorensen finds herself crossing boundaries singing music that her church and family view as sinful and falling in love with an African American man Traditionally in Christian fiction, characters who spend their time in smoky bars are either in need of reform or have strayed from the right path Rose is neither she remains strong in her faith and finds her purpose in a place as unlikely as a worldly jazz club Looking out from the club stage one night, Rose realizes that despite the differences and faults of each person in the crowd, they are all Children of God, and therefore equal Rose conveys an important lesson of acceptance throughout her story This lesson permeates the plot and gives hope despite the pain and hatred that are also present.Rose s relationships are especially compelling As a sister, I am drawn to the tender relationship Rose shares with her younger sister, Sophy Halvorsen Schreck creates a tangible connection between Rose and Sophy, who suffers from cerebral palsy Rose s first person point of view gives a clear perspective on her devotion to her disabled sister There are numerous sweet moments between the sisters, from Sophy resting her head on Rose s lap during church to Rose taking Sophy on outings to the park Each nuance of their interactions give the relationship life and depth Despite Sophy s inability to communicate verbally, her character is brought to life through Rose and instead of taking a background role, Sophy becomes and integral part of the story Sing for Me traverses new ground with a mixed race relationship during a time in history when prejudice and hatred run rampant The budding romance between Rose and Theo, an African American musician, is fraught with challenges from the beginning I enjoy the subtlety of the romance that gradually builds between the two characters Physical connections take a backseat to emotional connections, and sometimes the looks that pass between Rose and Theo convey the strength of their bond eventhan conversation A mixed race love story set in the 1930s brings a new level of stress to the plot At times it seems that the story has little hope of ending well After all, how can a love endure when the world seems set against it That question and the resulting tension kept drawing me in and even now leaves me wanting to knowof Rose s story Beautifully written with skillfully sculpted characters, Sing for Me is a novel that I will distinctly remember It is a story of pain and triumph, love and acceptance, fear and strength Karen Halvorsen Schreck engages readers emotions with lessons that still ring true for the modern reader I received a complimentary e copy of this book from Howard Books through Net Galley I was not required to write a positive review The opinions expressed above are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

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    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, 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 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.Things really weren t so different in 1937 Chicago then they are today People were people, prejudice was prejudice and we tried to keep the races apart The Bible tells us that God gave us talents from the womb He is just waiting on us to use those talents for Him In this case singing Rose can sing however she is a Baptist and she gets involved in a mixed band called The Chess Men and starts to sing for them at a jazz club How much worse can it get Well I am not really going to say, you will have to read this amazing story for yourself Then you can answer the questions like are you fulfilling your calling if you are using your talents in the world rather than the Church And then there is that issue of prejudice Ms Schreck tackles some hard themes in her book but she also gives us such a terrific story it all works together so well And, of course, there are the characters I think Ms Schreck has done an outstanding job of bringing both Rose and Theo to life Sing For Me is a wonderful, powerful story with amazing characters and depth that will keep you flipping pages.Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Howard Books I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

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    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 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 hard especially after the Stock Market Crash in 1929 Those who had became those who had not Rose Sorensen s family worships in the Danish Baptist church Rose had a beautiful voice, but she is not supposed to sing anything but worship music However Rose loves jazz and the popular music that is played in all the jazz clubs during this time She sneaks around singing this while she is working Her family had money but because of a reversal, they all work for a fellow Dane who owns apartment buildings She is also expected to take care of Sophie, her little sister who has cerebral palsy Her mother and father are pushing her to make a good marriage with the son of a local grocer.Rose s cousin, Rob sneaks her out one night and takes her to a jazz club on the south side She loves the music of the Chess Men and falls for the pianist, a black musician She fills in for of the girl singer and is soon singing every time the band plays at the Calliope Club.Her relationship with Theo Chastain, the pianist, is forbidden by society No way can a white woman have a relationship with a black man Rose and Theo have to sneak around to see each other and have to keep their love a relationship a secret from Rose s family Theo s family accept Rose, but know the futility of their relationship They are even accosted one evening and Theo is beaten within an inch of his life Rose is injured also It is then that Theo decides to go to New Orleans to pursue his music How will they choose how to live their lives.I was so involved in this book and so interested in the plight of Rose and Theo I realized that things are not so different now Some are prejudiced against mixed marriages still yet I think that those who are in love should be able to be together without anyone making judgments This novel started me thinking about all the different people who have to put up with criticism from others who think that their ideas are the only ones I felt ashamed that Rose and Theo had to live their lives this way Please read this book I know that you will finish it with a different attitude about those around you who may not act or believe as you do It makes you pause and reflect I recommend this book highly.You can find this review on my blog at

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    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 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 this novel, I thought it fit the story and the setting very well, evoking the emotion and forbidden love, showing a part of history that we don t necessarily hear much about Rose was a strong, yet vulnerable heroine, who loved her family, especially her sister Theo was a gallant, and selfless hero, who knew that the way he was being treated wasn t right, but he dared to dream of a brighter future I think that my favorite character was Sophy, because she could say so much without really saying anything I loved her delight in the small things, and how she truly wanted the very best for her sister This is an evocative novel set in the year 1937, the tail end of the Great Depression, and the beginning of the troubles leading to WWII, the country is recovering, but many are irreparably changed by the long years of hardship Overall, this was a fantastic book that kept my eyes glued to the pages, even when I knew I had something else that I should have been doing instead I loved the characters and the subtly of their interactions and emotions, little movements and expressions spoke volumes In a way this was a sort of coming of age story, and Rose was a brave young woman willing to chart a new and dangerous course at the dawning of a new era I loved how the book showed how God gives us different gifts, so that he can use us in different ways Rose wasn t meant to walk the same path as her peers and parents before her, but make her own way by following her calling I will definitely be on the look out for the next book from Ms Schreck Disclosure of Material Connection I received one orof the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising

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    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 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 named Theo Rose is not doing any of this to rebel against her parents or her church In fact Rose is just the opposite, she is strong in her values and in her faith She feels that she has a calling that is pulling her in the opposite direction that her parents may have wanted her to go, but can be strong enough within herself to make the right choice Even if it means making a daring, bold move The part of this story that interested me the most would have to be Rose and Theo s relationship I will just say what everyone else is already thinking they are involved in an interracial relationship at a time in history when prejudices were running at an all time high I enjoyed their relationship because it slowly developed over time, and was not a quick rollercoaster ride I also enjoyed reading about their connection because of all the challenges they faced, and it was inspiring to follow them and see how each character grew in love and faith when it came to each other Another relationship that I very much admired in this book was Rose s relationship with her younger sister, Sophy I am an only child, so of course I am drawn to the bonding of sisters in any book I read There are several genuinely sweet and intimate moments shared between Rose and Sophy They are the epitome of what a sister is supposed to be They share their darkest secrets and look to each other as comfort and security in dark times They are truly best friends and make this book worth reading a hundred timesA free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Howard Books in exchange for my honest review

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    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 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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