We Hope for Better Things

We Hope for Better Things
By Erin Bartels

Woah! This is an amazing book. I’m so glad to start 2019 with such an amazing read. We Hope for Better Things is a book that you have to mourn its ending; take a few days and debrief. It’s a triple time hop novel that blends 3 stories seamlessly, interweaving three individually excellent stories in a way that makes each story better. There’s no time to be bored or to feel like any of the 3 stories are monotonous. The stories rotate at each chapter. The author expertly leaves out certain bits of information that are only revealed in perfect timing. Sensitive time periods and topics are written with grace and great care. Forgiveness and love are key themes and are demonstrated in each of the stories. We also see the affects of racism, hate and ignorance. It causes the reader to question themselves and come out wanting to love people because we are all people created by God.
There were a few times where the names overlapped in the story and I wanted to know if they were connected. The answer never came. For example, one of the men that rode up to Mary and warned her about getting the men out of the town was named Sharpe. There was a Sharpe Elizabeth was involved with too when writing about the riots. I wondered if this was just an oversight or if these two were connected. It would have been great if they had been but I didn’t find any explanation of a connection. I also wish there would have been a little more explanation about Mary’s story line. I wanted some closure there. It would also be nice to have a family tree in the book. There were so many people I had a hard time connecting them all. Overall it wasn’t very important and I loved the story even through the little bit of confusion. It would have just made the book all the more better.
I loved this book! I can’t wait to read more from this author. I never would have guessed this was a debut novel. It was excellent. Don’t miss it.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was in no way required to write a review. Receipt of the book has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

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