About the Book:
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.
day, Rose’s cousin takes her to Calliope’s, a jazz club, where she
discovers an exciting world she never knew existed. Here, blacks and
whites mingle, brought together by their shared love of music. And
though Rose worries 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?
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.
Rose sneaks out with her cousin who takes her to this jazz club to sing. What she sees when she gets to the club is everything her parents have told her to stay away from, yet she is drawn not only to the club, but to the pianist of the Chess Men.
This is a rich story that just sings. Recommended!