Sunday 31 March 2019

Book Review: We Hope For Better Things

From the Back:

The past is never as past as we'd like to think
When journalist Elizabeth Balsam is asked to deliver a box of old photos to a relative she didn't know she had, the strange request seems like it isn't worth her time. But as she explores her great-aunt's farmhouse with its locked doors and hidden graves, she soon discovers just how dramatically some of the most newsworthy events of the previous two centuries shaped her own family. As she searches for answers to the riddles around her, the remarkable stories of two women who lived in this very house emerge as testaments to love, resilience, and courage in the face of war, racism, and misunderstanding.

Take an emotional journey through time--from the volatile streets of 1960s Detroit to Michigan's Underground Railroad during the Civil War--to uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide.
My Reflections:
The bonds of the past run strong and true in this debut novel by Erin Bartels. What a start for this new authour, I was wowed by her ability to weave a trio of timelines together absolutely seamlessly. We go from the Civil War to the Civil rights Movement and the Detroit riots in 1967 and then moving to the present day. I loved this! 
Normally I'm not a huge fan of a myriad of timelines, I usually get hopelessly lost and confused along the way. Erin Bartels, however, has a way of penning her novel to make her reader very comfortable with this transition, actually I found it very easy to read and thoroughly enjoyed the history and depth in which Bartel must have gone to research these events in our history. 

I was swept away from page one to the very end. The writing is fresh and the subject matter though at times painful and raw, was executed in a way that offers hope and love and encouragement for the future! 
I can't wait to read more from this authour, and will definitely be looking for her next book.

If you are looking for something new with raw authenticity you won't want to miss this one!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Erin Bartels
Erin Bartels is the author of We Hope for Better Things and has been a publishing professional for 17 years. A freelance writer and editor, she is a member of Capital City Writers and the Women's Fiction Writers Association and is former features...
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