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We Hope for Better Things

We Hope for Better Things 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

  • Title: We Hope for Better Things
  • Author: Erin Bartels
  • ISBN: 0800734912
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 far 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 400 pages Published January 1st 2019 by Fleming H Revell Company More Details ISBN 0800734912 ISBN13 9780800734916 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews

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    1. Erin Bartels

      ERIN BARTELS is a copywriter and freelance editor by day, a novelist by night, and a painter, seamstress, poet, and photographer in between Her debut novel, WE HOPE FOR BETTER THINGS, released in January 2019 from Revell Books, to be followed in September 2019 by THE WORDS BETWEEN US, which was a finalist for the 2015 Rising Star Award from the Women s Fiction Writers Association Her short story ERIN BARTELS is a copywriter and freelance editor by day, a novelist by night, and a painter, seamstress, poet, and photographer in between Her debut novel, WE HOPE FOR BETTER THINGS, released in January 2019 from Revell Books, to be followed in September 2019 by THE WORDS BETWEEN US, which was a finalist for the 2015 Rising Star Award from the Women s Fiction Writers Association Her short story This Elegant Ruin was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest Her poems have been published by The Lyric and The East Lansing Poetry Attack A member of the Capital City Writers Association and the Women s Fiction Writers Association, she is former features editor of WFWA s Write On magazine.Erin lives in the beautiful, water defined state of Michigan where she is never than a ninety minute drive from one of the Great Lakes or six miles from an inland lake, river, or stream She grew up in the Bay City area waiting for freighters and sailboats at drawbridges and watching the best 4th of July fireworks displays in the nation She spent her college and young married years in Grand Rapids feeling decidedly not Dutch She currently lives with her husband and son in Lansing, nestled somewhere between angry protesters on the Capitol lawn and couch burning frat boys at Michigan State University And yet, she claims it is really quite peaceful.Erin is represented by Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency Find her on Facebook ErinBartelsAuthor, on Twitter ErinLBartels, or on Instagram erinbartelswrites

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    1. This was a really solid fiction read although I guess it could also be classified as historical fiction because some real life events were incorporated into the story I thought the author came up with a unique way to tell a story that deals with the subject of racism Reporter Elizabeth Balsam meets with James Rich and she leaves their meeting contemplating his strange request He wants Elizabeth to find an older relative she has never met and give her an old camera and a box of photos Given r Thi [...]


    2. I received this book for free from the publisher Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review This was an insightful historical novel about three generations of women from Detroit It takes place during the civil war, the Detroit riots, and present day Out of the three stories, I found Mary s the civil war one to be the most compelling and interesting The present day storyline was probably the weakest just because there wasn t anything super exciting going on and it was focused on d I received t [...]


    3. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Erin Bartels debut novel and thoroughly enjoyed it Bartels adeptly weaves together the stories of three generations of women in Detroit and the surrounding area who grapple with issues of race relations and persecution, societal boundaries and love, family and self realization Mary, Nora, and Elizabeth are loosely related by blood, but deeply connected through their beliefs, convictions, and willingness to defy the status quo I was particular I w [...]


    4. This book is a moving, multi generational story about three women who decide to follow their hearts, even when their families and the rest of society tells them they re wrong The prose is lovely and engaging, and the characters jump from the page For all the heartache within this timely story, I also found it to be immensely comforting reading this book was like putting on a warm sweater and sipping on hot chocolate I highly recommend it.


    5. The story of three women separated by generations but joined by blood and the strength of their convictions, Erin Bartels debut novel masterfully weaves a trio of interrelated timelines one taking place during the Civil War and its aftermath, another during the Civil Rights Movement and incorporating the Detroit riots of 1967, and the final in the present day Each of these three alternating sections contains enough plot and secrets and surprises to take up an entire book, but where Bartels tru T [...]


    6. This is a heartbreaking, heartwarming story about love and hate across generations of women in a Detroit area family Bartels does a beautiful job of showing how racism has affected the love stories of three women living in three different eras Though her novel is technically historical, the messages she conveys are universal and gorgeously written.


    7. We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels is a one astounding read This literary debut novel holds so much intensity I felt the pain, loss, love, and hope It was like a fresh battle wound that would not fade A constant reminder of what never died Still wounds like these exist, today.In this story, I was swept up into the drama mystery of one journalist s family history An interracial marriageback then, it was not looked upon as happy thing It was seen as a deterioration to society s ru We Hope f [...]


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