$50 Amazon plus E-Book or Print-1-WW The Tin Whistle-Kathleen Shoop-Ends 11/28 | Miki's Hope

$50 Amazon plus E-Book or Print-1-WW The Tin Whistle-Kathleen Shoop-Ends 11/28

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

I received the paperback version of this book in the mail along with the Christmas Coat back in Dec 2020-I read and reviewed both back then. 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. Below is what I wrote in that review

"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 handed this book over to one of my friends who in turn shared it with her students. She commented that she was sure she had heard of this before when she was in school-in a different form and that it really was based on a true story! Whether you get the paperback or ultimately the kindle version of the Tin Whistle I hope you do the same.

I would like to mention that the Christmas Coat is another book you simply do not want to miss-"This reminds me of The Christmas Carol--remember Scrooge? Well this is kind of a modern day version.....Have no fear there is a very happy ending!! As a matter of fact I found tears in my eyes--I love happy endings!! " (quote from my original review)

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...


"This short novel is the MOST inspirational novel I have ever had the pleasure of reading."

"Beautiful, heartwarming story."

"A heartwarming and inspiring story. I highly recommend it."

"This is such a fantastic Christmas story with great characters and a very unique plot. There are also several wonderful messages on the importance of giving at this time of year. I am so glad I found this book."

"Terrific holiday story with well-defined characters and a setting that could have been any big city in the 19th century. Ms. Shoop’s novella reflects the good in human nature."
Above reviews from Amazon readers

"Writing this book was wonderful. Bringing aspects of the Guskys’ good works to life was more fun than I could have imagined!" ~ Kathleen Shoop

Also available...
Two days before Christmas, ornery Elliot Ebberts is tasked with school drop-off even though distracted by an important real estate transaction. In the holiday carpool chaos his extravagant, lucky coat goes missing. In a panic, he searches for his coat, tracing its path as it passes through the hands of good people in dire situations. Meanwhile, his plan to WOW his wife Libby with an ostentatious gift reveals Elliot’s shallowness to the world and mortifies his entire family. Is it too late for him to rediscover the meaning of Christmas, to remember who he is without all the trappings of the job that defines him? Can Libby and their children ever forgive him?


About Kathleen Shoop
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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Jeanna Massman said...

I would try to overcome my fears and put all my strength into saving my loved ones!

Darlene said...

I would save them if possible.

Suburban prep said...

As the oldest of 7 siblings trying to help my younger siblings throughout their life is what I have been doing almost my entire life. We lost our mom in the last 5 months and I have been concerned about all. have been trying to make sure things are fine with the others.

Annmarie Weeks said...

I would rise to the occasion &I would do everything I possibly could to save our family!

Michele S. said...

I would jump into action and do my best to save all.. I might even call in a few favors and ask for help!

Nancy said...

If I were the only one who could save our family from destruction, I would do whatever it would take to keep them safe.

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Kari B said...

I would try to do anything I could to save my family from destruction.

Deb PelletierC said...

I would work hard to help them.

kathie said...

Thank you for this beautiful review!!! Your words have warmed my heart and I appreciate that you read and share your thoughts so much. Happy Holiday Season to you!!!!!

Antoinette M said...

I would do all I can to help them.

pippirose said...

I would do whatever I could to help. Being the eldes sibling, I watched over my little brother.

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