We Hope for Better Things

We Hope for Better Things

Book - 2019
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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
Characteristics: 393 pages ; 23 cm


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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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