Wednesday, December 26, 2018

We Hope For Better Things


About the Book

When Detroit Free Press reporter Elizabeth Balsam meets James Rich, his strange request--that she look up a relative she didn't know she had in order to deliver an old camera and a box of photos--seems like it isn't worth her time. But when she loses her job after a botched investigation, she suddenly finds herself with nothing but time.

At her great-aunt's 150-year-old farmhouse, Elizabeth uncovers a series of mysterious items, locked doors, and hidden graves. 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. And as Elizabeth soon discovers, the past is never as past as we might like to think.

Debut novelist Erin Bartels takes readers on an emotional journey through time--from the volatile streets of 1960s Detroit to the Underground Railroad during the Civil War--to uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide.

My Thoughts

This is a new to me author and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Undertaking the topic of race is something I think more authors should do. We need more diversity in our books. While I did enjoy this story, I give this book four stars because I think it could have been a little better organized. At times the three plots got frustrating to read since many of the characters had similar names. The ending left me feeling a bit unsettled and I really can’t pinpoint why. I enjoyed the majority of the characters but I did feel there was just too much going on. The setting was really interesting and the time period in the ‘60s was good to read. I am looking forward to reading more by this author. 

Four Stars. 

“I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.”

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