What readers are saying about The Song of Sadie Sparrow
"A thoughtful and touching story about the life lessons being taught all around us, if only we dare to pay attention."
Editor's note: Here’s an interesting secular review from The BookLife Prize group of BookLife, Publishers Weekly’s small-press/independent-publishing arm. Unfortunately, there are no “Christian,” “inspirational” or “spiritual” categories here. Ergo, the reviewer didn’t understand, or perhaps care, that Sadie Sparrow’s “original intent” was to share the gospel, and that it was indeed meant from the start to be a gospel-centered story. Otherwise, it’s a nice review.
Title: The Song of Sadie Sparrow Author: Kitty Foth-Regner Genre: Fiction/General Fiction (including literary and historical) Audience: Adult Word Count: 100,000
Assessment Plot: While the story flows at an even pace and the characters are distinct and likable, the religious overtones here are heavy-handed and excessive. The author could easily scale this back and still maintain the integrity of the work and original intent. Otherwise, the plot is engaging and holds reader interest.
Prose: Foth-Regner is a gifted writer whose prose flows smoothly. She creates a compelling, beautifully written story with subtle nuances.
Originality: This is a touching, well-told story that feels original and fresh.
Character Development: Foth-Regner creates memorable characters. The reader sympathizes with them in their struggles and roots for them to find fulfillment and contentment. Blurb: A thoughtful and touching story about the life lessons being taught all around us, if only we dare to pay attention.
Don't assume a story set in a nursing home would be slow and only have sadness. I have friends in assisted living and know what a soap opera their world is. Consequently I opened the book with anticipation and loved the way each character experienced the cover challenge 'It's never too late to change your tune'. Appropriately every character's experience was affected by the Song of Sadie Sparrow. The main characters are three women of different ages: Sadie an 86-year-old widow placed in The Hickories nursing home by her overly busy career-minded daughter.
Meg, a recent widow at 58, has closed down her home business, works at The Hickories and is an agnostic. Meg's favorite part of her job is to write biographies of the residents.
Elise, a 32-year-old is emotionally wounded by her mother's desertion. She quit her teaching job to care for the grandfather who raised her and who now lives at Hickories. Elise attends a class on how to build a website about heaven. www.EverlastingPlace.com is a real website written by the author.
Making the story interesting are Elise's grandfather and Jamie a young pastor hosting a Bible study which at first has only one attendee - Sadie Sparrow. Jamie also develops a relationship with Elise, an answer to prayer for Elise's grandfather.
Sadie and some best friends in Hickories share humor, suspicions, questions, and concerns that bring up many topics of caregiving, end of life and the importance of being heard. Meg's character apparently derives in part from the author's early personal life.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
I received a free copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.
It was a wonderful novel. I often found myself having a hard time putting it down. Kitty does a great job weaving the lives of the 3 main characters throughout. It is thoughtful, enlightening and honest. I have never read a book that focuses on the lives of people in a nursing home. Kitty captured the thoughts, fears, feelings, suspicions and humanity of the nursing home residents. I highly recommend this book!!! Defintely a five-star novel By Debbie on July 3, 2018
"The Song of Sadie Sparrow" by Kitty Foth-Regner is a wonderful book about life in a nursing home and three woman in particular. It is definitely a five-star novel.
This book caused many tears to fall because of the way she effectively portrayed [life in a nursing home] or [the places life takes us as we age].
I felt the loneliness of these three woman. I have to say that Sadie was my favorite character because Sadie was my grandmother's name. She had many of the same characteristics as my grandmother.
This book made me realize anew that more people need to visit nursing home residents to make them know that they are still valuable and still have a purpose till God calls them home to Heaven.
I would read another book about the character meg if the author should write one, the ending makes me think there could be another novel. The ending is perfect and while, not a cliff hanger, would make a great start to a new book..."
The ending is a bitter sweet reminder of what real life is like and that there is hope for a happy ending if we believe in Jesus.
I would recommend this book to everyone that likes true to life fiction with this warning, this book is a tear jerker but it brings hope.
I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Christian Women Affiliate. These opinions are my own.
The Song of Sadie Sparrow, by Kitty Foth-Regner, is a book that will speak to you. Whether you are approaching retirement years or have family members at an age where they need help with their care, this story will really bring out some topics to consider.
The story focuses on three women of different ages:
Sadie is an 86 year old widow who has been moved to The Hickories nursing home by her daughter. Her daughter is so busy with her own life, she does not take much time for her mother.
Meg has recently lost her husband and at the age of 58, she has made major changes to her life. She has ended her business and has taken a job at The Hickories.
Elise is a 32 year old single teacher who gave up her job to care for her grandfather. Her mother left when Elise was very young and they have not heard from her or seen her for a very long time.
Jamie is a young pastor who visits the nursing home. He leads the Bible study Sadie has joined, he spends time witnessing to Meg and he develops a relationship with Elise.
First off, I love this story, and when I get old I want to be just like Sadie. She is so full of life and her imagination is very vivid. This story is so realistic, it is hard not to feel sadness for the residents whose families are so busy they do not visit them. I also like the idea of the nursing home having a staff member get to know the residents well enough to write a biography of sorts for them and their families. I wish that were something all homes would do.
I really think the book will be enjoyed by many regardless of age or gender. I think it will open many people's eyes to the need to visit the elderly family members who cannot get out.
I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.
Insightful, profound, thought-provoking By RobbyeFayeon May 9, 2018 https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/
The Song of Sadie Sparrow is one of those unique books that only rarely comes along. The story focuses on Sadie Sparrow after she must move to a nursing home, a needed step up in care from a retirement home unable to accommodate her wheelchair use.
Kitty Foth-Regner has written a book that is at once like watching a movie and also like living in the story. The characters are all so likable (even the not so likable ones!) and instantly endearing.
The Hickories, the nursing home facility, is a beautiful place to behold. I wanted to assist Sadie with her wheelchair and stroll through the gardens or take a tour of the building. If I am ever in need of a nursing facility, I hope to find one similar to Sadie Sparrow’s home.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I received this insightful, profound and thought-provoking book. I had read an excerpt which intrigued me with its multiple character storyline. As I read, I realized the focus was mainly on three women at very different stages in their respective lives, sharing their experiences, knowledge and insights with each other and those around them.
You will encounter the most credible and well thought out arguments for the infallibility of Scripture you are likely to find in a work of fiction.
Be prepared; the novel deals with emotionally draining material in its 395 pages, but please don’t let that scare you away from reading it.
The Song of Sadie Sparrow is a book that will keep you up reading it and will make you sad when it is over. I sincerely hope that Kitty Foth-Regner will write another book about the people of The Hickories.
I was also intrigued to learn (from reading her bio on the back cover) that Foth-Regner was once a feminist atheist, converted to Christianity through her own quest to disprove the Bible.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book/eBook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.
Critique: Set in a nursing home known as The Hickories, The Song of Sadie Sparrow is an extraordinary novel of true friends. Three women from three generations cross paths at The Hickories; they have different views on religion, life, and afterlife, but the bonds they share are destined to transform each of them. Heartwarming, thought-provoking, and beautiful, The Song of Sadie Sparrow is highly recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that The Song of Sadie Sparrow is also available in a Kindle edition ($2.99).
Let me begin by saying that I am not normally a huge fan of fiction, even Christian fiction.This latest book by Kitty Foth-Regner however may have just changed my opinion. From the first chapter to the last, I was enthralled with her creative writing style, a style that draws you into each scene just as if you were in the room with Sadie and her friends.
The story is constantly adding new characters and situations that keep the reader on the edge of their seat wondering what’s next? I especially appreciate how the author gives an up close and personal look into the world of assisted care. Her research into what can be a depressing environment is spot on and leaves the reader wondering about the future of elderly care. I have personally spent many Sunday afternoons in nursing homes and Kitty describes the atmosphere perfectly. So much so that one is left feeling a bit uneasy, or should I say guilty, about how we treat our elderly.
Foth-Regner has written a book that is a love story, a who done it, an expose’,and a suspense novel all in one. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a book that draws you in and refuses to let go of you. You will find that your emotions will run the gamut while reading this book. From falling in love with Sadie, to feeling disgusted with her daughter that cannot be bothered with her,to hoping that a certain young couple fall in love and marry,this book is a sure fire winner!
I cannot wait for the next installment. One more thing, I highly recommend reading Kitty Foth-Regner’s book “Heaven Without Her” as well.
Sadie Sparrow was an extremely satisfying book to read. The way I gauge this is by my reluctance to finish the book. The further I read, the more I knew it would eventually end and I was having so much fun reading it that I wanted it to go on forever. I got pretty attached to the main characters, each of them relatable in distinctly different ways.
I read Foth-Regner's previous work, "Heaven Without Her" which I really liked and it had a completely different tone to it. Whereas "Heaven" was a very astute intellectual and emotional journey, one that Foth-Regner traveled alone, "Sadie" is a celebration of people. It invites the reader to get to know a unique community of saints and sinners who are flawed and endearing. Every time I picked up the book to continue reading I felt right at home in this cozy little world she created. What more can I say? I laughed, I cried. It was exactly enough, but I still want more!
I really hope the author does a follow-up book featuring these same characters--even a prequel would be welcome.
A remarkable story with endearing characters By JR on March 23, 2018
Once I entered the halls at The Hickories, this remarkable story drew me in with its rich setting and relatable and endearing characters. The author handled the complex interpersonal issues and important spiritual struggles faced by the characters with sensitivity and insight. I savored every chapter and only hope this will be the first in a series. An excellent book to share with friends and family! A brilliantly written Christian novel From J Craft, March 1, 2018 The Song of Sadie Sparrow is a brilliantly written Christian novel that tells the story of three women, all at different stages and ages of life. The setting is in a nursing home that is well appointed. This magnificent facility, the Hickories includes activities that are just a dream in most nursing homes.
The one feature that I liked the most was the task that one of the main characters, Meg Vogel performed; the interviewing of residents with the purpose of publishing their biographies. What a marvelous and creative way to engage the minds and hearts of the elderly.
Each of the three characters: Sadie Sparrow, Elise Chapelle, and Meg Vogel are well developed and highly believable. The challenges met by each character brings them into contact with one another and the issue of eternal life beyond this universe. Each of the main characters has her own belief system and source of truth. A dash of intrigue, a bit of mystery and slice of romance adds spice to the story.
Since this is a Christian novel, appropriate scripture is spread throughout the story. The book is clearly evangelistic in nature. It is not preachy, briefly put it tells the message of salvation simply, clearly and persuasively.
It is abundantly clear that the writer has been immersed in the culture of nursing homes and understands well the loneliness of residents left to wither away without regular contact with family; or the paid workers and volunteers that adopt a resident whom they come to love and interact with on a regular basis. A book of this importance should not be passed over for a story that is superficial in all respects.This is a must-read for anyone from the age of 25 to 100 who appreciates the distinct qualities of the elderly.
This is a sweet and touching tale of a young woman who finds personal satisfaction in helping others rather than indulging herself. It does a masterful job of illustrating how unfulfilling life is when its chief goal is the pursuit of material gain. The peace the characters find because of their pure and doubt-free faith in God, heaven and redemption made this a "can't-put-it-down" read for even this cynical human being! You will not regret reading it; it is uplifting in many ways. Enjoy! (This would also be a GREAT Christmas gift for people in your life who are tired of bad news, people indulging their own desires rather than considering others, or who think we lose our human value when we develop wrinkles or a limp!)
Fans of author Kitty Foth-Regner take note: this is her best yet! Kitty weaves her narrative around Sadie Sparrow, newly arrived at The Hickories, an upscale skilled-nursing facility. The storyline keeps us rooting for characters from widely different backgrounds as their paths intersect. Kitty’s careful research shines through the authentic details of daily life at this best-in-class residence for seniors. (If only every nursing home could be so pleasant!) Each person’s arc plays out in small steps, so that their character transformations seem not only plausible but inevitable. Fans of faith-based literature, in particular, will find wonderful affirmations woven carefully throughout the story.
Fantastic! I didn't want it to end and surely hope Foth-Regner will write sequels. She created such fascinating, real characters, she could write a spin off novel on every one. I'm a Christian fiction snob. I think most Christian fiction novels are cheesy and pity. But this I would recommend to Christians, seekers, those of any faith who like a good story and all who live an assisted living facility or love someone who does. The other reviews say so much I agree with about the plot, characters, message, writing style, so I won't repeat their words. Suffice it to say you may not like or agree with every character or Foth-Regne's entire world view but this book is for you no matter what. Her plot twists, arguments, unanswered questions really get you thinking and praying.
A wonderful story to share with family and friends. It brought forth memories of caring for sick parents and looking after a dear Aunt with Alzheimer's. Sad memories mixed in with many happier days, always with the hope of a better future.
My wife read this book and related to me numerous parts which we often discussed. My wife's mother was in a nursing home for several years and my wife related to Kitty's story to the degree that at times it brought her to tears. The book reveals much insight to the problem of parents, friends and others in Nursing homes and their concerns and struggles. It also helps us on the outside to understand those in the nursing home. It would have helped us greatly to have read the book first, and the reading would have enabled us to better cope with the common nursing home experience. A great very well written story based on the reality that many of us many someday face, written from a Christian standpoint. A masterpiece of writing and insight.
A friend recommended this book for my mom who is going into a nursing home. It’s purely a good fictional story, but based on truth and real people, describing the lives and relationships of a group of folks in a nursing home where the writer apparently volunteered for many years. It’s an entertaining read and very heartwarming. Great gift for an elderly parent of grandparent! (I bought 3 copies).
Many of us have distinct beliefs as to what happens to each of us upon death; others of us believe that’s it – we then no longer exist anywhere, except in the memories of those we’ve loved. Still others believe there has to be something more, perhaps much more – and we’d like to know precisely what that will be; but can we know until it happens? And often, we have what, to us, are sound reasons for those beliefs. Why this diversity of opinions and arguments on what is clearly of such importance to many of us, especially as we all age?
Author Kitty Foth-Regner clearly respects the intelligence and sense of each of the three multi-generational women, and the young man, who become fast friends in her book while living or volunteering in The Hickories nursing home. Despite the fact that each of the women has a different set of beliefs about the post-death experience, ranging from Meg’s feminist atheism to Sadie’s conservative Christianity!
This is a book you can feel safe in offering to, and discussing with, those you care about -- without fear of insulting your reader – which makes it unusual within the realm of such sometimes-anger-provoking works. Which opens the long-closed door to many much-needed conversations. You’ll be offered a broad, cross-generational exploration of the evidence available within each belief system among the people you care most about. Especially as the years roll by, and each of us loses dearly loved ones.
You may very well be surprised to find yourself and others seriously considering ideas other than your own from another, happier point of view … or feel even more trust in what you’ve long believed (or often, longed to believe!) … based on the weight of evidence Kitty has documented, and woven gently into her sweet story.
To get the most from this book, be sure to share it – and then prepare for many productive hours of very meaningful, clarifying conversations.
This is not the sort of book I'm used to reading, being a fan of suspense and political thrillers, but my wife encouraged me to read it. I'm glad she did. It's a great story, involving unforgettable characters (especially Sadie Sparrow). A welcome change of pace for me and highly recommended for any reader, especially if you have a loved one who is elderly, or expect to grow old yourself.
The Song of Sadie Sparrow is an amazing book! It is both interesting and engaging . The characters are so real to life that I did not want to say goodbye when the book ended. This book brings a message of encouragement, hope, and healing. Most importantly, it gives insight into how to find the true meaning of life. (Marsha Headley author of “Prayer Dynamics”)
I just finished The Song of Sadie Sparrow, it was wonderful!
The characters really draw you in and you give the reader such a great description of the The Hickories, it's fun to visualize it. I want to go there.
I enjoyed being a part of Megs journey through the book. It's a very realistic story of denial or skepticism, then, ultimately, reflection and realization. Elise and Jamie's story is refreshing. Sadie Sparrow is endearing and you feel sad about the void her daughter creates, however are comforted by her time with Jamie and her friends at The Hickories, also her happiness toward the end of her days.
A great book by a very caring lady. Kitty writes about faith, aging, and the joy of changing beliefs. Kitty does a wonderful job of volunteering and getting to know the residents. She spends time with the people and makes their lives better in the process. She gives and receives love, and that is expressed in her writing. This book is a good read.
It was amazing By Kathie Jordan on April 3, 2018
I really REALLY enjoyed this book. I like when the writing flows so well that you don't notice it and the story just grabs hold of you and you can't wait to see what happens on the next page. Yet I had such a wonderful time in the "world" of Sadie Sparrow that I dreaded coming to the end of the book.
My mother was a nursing home R.N. and also Director of Nursing for more than 20 years and loved every minute of it. When I read this book I could see how my mother got so attached to many of her patients. I got attached to every character in this book. I laughed and cried over them and I still want to know what most of them are doing now--LOL! Perhaps the author will grace us with a sequel or prequel.
I highly recommend this book to both Christians and non-Christians as "Sadie" isn't heavy on doctrine but more about the struggles of each Christian and non-Christian character.
I LOVE this book! By Loretta Marchize on March 19, 2018
The Song of Sadie Sparrow is such an encouraging and inspiring Christian novel. Sadie is so sweet, Meg so real, and Elsie... I particularly like her. Also Nurse Julia... the ending...
This is definitely a book I would recommend to all of my friends! (Especially the Christian friends) I enjoyed the style of writing too, and the only thing I'm wondering about is the thickened liquids. That was never really explained or finished, but everything else was and I loved it!
The author allowed me as a reader to not only see a nursing home for what it can be a home enabling residents to bond. In her story, she has several friendships that bond, but the most important bonding is with the Lord.
Sadie Sparrow touched my heart. She to me was the "leader of the bunch." Her personality was so warm that others welcomed her around them unless she was talking about the Lord, but she did not let that stop her. She pulled me in where I saw my "Oma" telling me about Jesus at the time when I did not want to hear.
There was heartache, love, compassion and inspiration throughout the story of the different lives of the resident's at The Hickories.
... Kitty Foth-Regner presents an honest and first hand memoir of three women, Sadie, Elise and Meg that just wanted to be loved, needed and cared for. As you hear the final words of Sadie delivered to Meg you will understand that some bonds, as it says on the back cover, will change lives forever and will not even be broken in death. Listen carefully and you too will hear The Song of Sadie Sparrow loud and clear!
Very few books become so real to me that I am brought to tears. This is not a sad story but a glorious one in which the characters become so real that you feel like you know them. This is an intriguing story - sprinkled with humor but heavy on realism! ... A delightful read that you will look forward to each time you have a few minutes. Five stars!
Once I began this book, I was quickly turning pages and enjoying, and found myself rooting for these people, whom most of their family seems to have abandoned.
This book takes place, mostly, in a beautiful nursing home, now I don't find them to be beautiful, sems that weekly I hear something bad happening at them, but this one seems to be an exception. I wanted to walk in the beautiful gardens, and eat what sounds like gourmet dining.
What I found the most compelling was the faith of many of these folks, and then how they are reinforced by the majority of the people that were surrounding them, and the warfare of trying to save others.
This is one sweet read, and along with life's challenges, there are some chuckles, and the forming of some wonderful friendships, and yes love. The author made this story so real to me, and when you read how she spent her life, she really knows what she is telling us, and it is so well done.
If you like a story that brings to light how bitterness, sorrow, and loneliness affects the elderly, this book is spot on, while showing Jesus is the only answer here on Earth and when we die and go to Heaven if we believe in Him. (Read more)