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We Hope for Better Things

Author: Erin Bartels
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 9780800734916
Year of Publication: 2019
Pages: 393

Price$21.50 $22.58 with TAX
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.

I haven't read such a powerful, moving story since I read To Kill a Mockingbird. This book will change how you look at the world we live in. - Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author of the Rock Harbor series.

Erin Bartel's We Hope for Better Things shares the joys and sorrows of three women from different generations. Beginning with the turmoil of the Civil War through the race riots of the sixties to modern day, the story peels away excuses and pretensions to reveal the personal tragedies  of prejudice. A roller coaster of emotions awaits as you share the lives of these women and hope along with them for better things. - Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of River to Redemption

Storytelling at its finest. Erin Bartels delivers a riveting story of forbidden love, family bonds, racial injustice, and the power of forgiveness. Spanning multiple generations, We Hope for Better Things is a timely, sobering, moving account of how far we've come ......and how much distance remains to be covered. A compulsively readable, incredibly powerful novel. - Lori Nelson Spielman, NY Times bestselling author of The Life List.

Review / Endorsement:
"We Hope for Better Things, by Erin Bartels, is an engrossing book.  It speaks of the impact of the Detroit racial riots and prejudices on three generations of women in the Balsam family.  The family secrets and history are slowly revealed as the story progresses.  Obviously Erin Bartels did her research into the racial turmoil of the past two centuries, and the pain and grief that resulted is hauntingly portrayed.  There is mystery involved, as the reader wonders what is in the box of photos to be returned to an elderly grandmother; the present day character displays her curiosity, bewilderment and chaos as her present impacts her past." - B. Ruth Funk

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