We Hope for Better Things

We Hope for Better Things

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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.
Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, [2019]
ISBN: 9780800735661
Branch Call Number: FIC BARTELS, E.
Characteristics: 393 pages ; 23 cm


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May 31, 2019

This is such a good book from a new author to catch my attention. I absolutely loved this book!
I loved how it involves three stories in one. Mary, Nathaniel and George in the eighteen hundreds, Nora and William in the nineteen hundreds, and Elizabeth and Tyrese in the present.
Writing a story in the present and two stories in the past but still managing to blend them perfectly and without confusing you is super hard but Erin Bartels did such an amazing job.
In Mary’s story, I admit that she had a lot of chemistry with George but just when I would start to wish they’d end up together I’d remember that she was married and that if anything happened it was completely wrong.
In Nora’s story, I loved her relationship with William and it really was a tragedy that it ended the way that it did.
And in Elizabeth’s story, I loved everything about her relationship with Tyrese and how their relationship developed. I gotta say at the beginning of the book I thought Elizabeth’s love interest was going to be Linden but then I understood why that might have been a little weird.
I loved the messages in this book. Forgiveness, not holding unto bitterness, trusting God, everything happens for a reason, and the most important, we are All God’s children and creations.
God didn’t make one race superior to another, we should all be equals because He loves us the same. Love instead of hate.

Jan 31, 2019

I didn't know this story fell into the category of Christian fiction, but I hardly noticed the references to God anyway. It's the story of 3 generations of a family, where in two of the three generations are represented by white women who've married some wonderful black men. The resistance to their doing this varies by generation. I enjoyed the story both for its portrayal of the difficulties and resolution of marriage between races, but also for the modern time depiction of a young woman who's an imperfect but resolute journalist concerned with race relations through the generations. Well done story!


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