We Hope for Better Things

We Hope for Better Things Review

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.

Title:We Hope for Better Things

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  • Katie B

    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 wit...

  • Jessica

    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 ...

  • Lisa A. Sturm

    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 surr...

  • Megan Collins

    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 an...

  • James Charlesworth

    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 takin...

  • Erica Boyce

    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 o...

  • Danielle Urban

    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 woul...

  • Kate Motaung

    Masterful writing and storytelling. I was captivated by this book and continue to think about it long after finishing the last page. It's obvious that the author spent a long time carefully crafting t...

  • KTC

    Three women. Three eras. One struggle. We Hope for Better Things is the tale of Mary, Nora, and Elizabeth, each living in Detroit and/or Lapeer County, Michigan but in different eras: Civil War/Recon...

  • Alison Hammer

    I LOVED this book. It was the best part of having three flights in three days. We Hope For Better Things is such an important, beautiful story that spans three generations of strong women, each dealin...