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Stories for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels January 3, 2019

Filed under: Book Reviews,Uncategorized — Melissa Finnegan @ 3:52 pm
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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 thoughts and giveaway:

So many things to love about this book and author.

First, I can’t believe this is a debut book. It was AMAZING. So well written. It will grab your heart as well as your interest.

Also, Erin is from Michigan, so am I. I enjoyed reading a book that takes place in Detroit. I will admit I don’t spend much time there but reading this book certainly gave me a different perspective. I never think about the racism that took place and still takes place in the world and so close to where I live. My small community doesn’t have much diversity, so I am somewhat sheltered.

We are in three different time periods in this book and I found myself reading without being able to be put the book down because I had to see what would happen next to the character I haven’t heard from in three chapters.

Erin made it so you care about each of the three woman you read about. Although, I did struggle with Mary a bit, but you would have to read the book to see why.

I highly recommend this book, it is very different from other books I have read and I LOVED it!!

Visit Erin here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by January 17th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail. 

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 


18 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels”

  1. I’ve heard so many great things about this book! I will definitely have to read it! I added it on my Goodreads TBR when I first heard of it but seeing all of the rave reviews for it makes me want to pick it right up!

  2. Dianna Says:

    I’ve heard so many good things about this book. It sounds very unusual, and I’ve never read a book based in Detroit.

  3. Trixi Says:

    This sounds like a very interesting book! I love the idea of a box of old pictures and piecing family history together through them. Thanks for spotlighting this book and the giveaway chance!

  4. Brenda Murphree Says:

    I really think I would enjoy this book and hope to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Paula Shreckhise Says:

    Thanks for the review. You have piqued my interest.

  6. Melanie Backus Says:

    This sounds like a book not to miss.

  7. Winnie Thomas Says:

    This book sounds so fascinating. I’ve heard a lot of great things about it. I’d love to win a copy–thanks for the chance!

  8. Pam Lunsford Says:

    Oh my.. this sounds so good. I’ve never heard of this book before or author. You’ve really caught my attention with your thoughts of this book. I need/want to read this book.

  9. carylkane Says:

    Melissa, thank you for the great review. This book sounds like a must read!

  10. pattymh2000 Says:

    I have this book on my wish list!

    I was born and raised in MI in a small not very diverse community. I now live in the South in a slightly larger town that is much more racially diverse.

  11. Beth Says:

    It seems like there are a lot of debut authors out there lately and all their books sound so good!

  12. Merry Says:

    This story line intrigues me. It sounds like a can’t miss book. I always enjoy reading books from new authors.

  13. Rita Wray Says:

    Sounds like a good book.

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