Book Review-The Tin Whistle-Kathleen Shoop | Miki's Hope

Book Review-The Tin Whistle-Kathleen Shoop

Monday, December 28, 2020

I received the paperback version of this book in the mail. I had no idea that it was going to be sent to me but I will be forever grateful. I have read many of this author's books before and have loved every single one of them-you may have noticed my reviews over the years.

This short novel is the MOST inspirational novel I have ever had the pleasure of reading. According to the author it was inspired by a true story. It is the story of a young orphan boy who was given a present one Christmas by another orphan because he (and his room mate) had not received a thing. "He heard the sound of happiness" and it ultimately shaped his life.

Although parts are heart breaking-the ending will warm your hearts and you will know the true meaning of giving and receiving and the happiness that can accrue from both.

I will be handing this book over to one of my friends who I know will appreciate it and asking her to hand it on to someone else when she is done. Whether you get the paperback or ultimately the kindle version I hope you do the same.

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Inspired by a true story...


Jacob Gusky wakes up hoping Santa has arrived. And he has... but not for Jacob, one of two Jewish boys living at the Boys’ Home of Manhattan. When a friend gifts him a tin whistle, Jacob learns the power of giving, the joy in receiving, and hears what he considers to be the sound of happiness.


Recently widowed and completely out of options, Frannie takes her daughter Molly to the Home for the Friendless. “You’ll be back before Christmas?” Molly asks. Frannie gives Molly half a quilt square and keeps the other, choking on her reply.

Now a happily married father of three, Jacob Gusky owns Gusky’s Grand Emporium, Pittsburgh’s first premier department store. After unearthing the tin whistle from the orphanage, he is reminded of what it felt like to have nothing, and decides to make a difference in the lives of others no matter their faith. But with so little time before Christmas morning, can he even begin to give the orphaned children of Pittsburgh what he knows they need?

When giving is more important than receiving...

Read a Chapter or Two Here

Purchase the Book Here

About the Author:-(from Amazon)

Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. Kathleen coordinates Mindful Writing Retreats and is a regular presenter at conferences for writers.

I adore writing historical fiction (The Letter series, After the Fog and Donora Stories) but am having a blast writing romance like Home Again, Return to Love and Tending Her Heart (Endless Love series). Thank you so much for the time you take to read.

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Lauryn R said...

Wow, what a inspirational story, I really want to read this now! Reading the description makes me tear up a little, what a great message. Thank you so much for sharing!

megana said...

I think this will be a very heartwarming story and I cant wait to read it!

Antoinette M said...

I'd love to read this inspirational story.

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