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 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 ...

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Title:We Hope for Better Things
Author:Erin Bartels
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0800734912
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

We Hope for Better Things Reviews

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Jan 19, 2019
    A box of photos, an elderly aunt the main character didn?t know about, and an old house. Was it fate that Elizabeth had lost her job as a journalist because of a story she was covering? Was it fate that James Rich found her and wanted her to return some photos to a Nora Ba...
  • Irene
    Dec 17, 2018
    A powerful, riveting, and unputdownable tale of three women from different eras (Civil War to present) that frames the issue of race relations within the context of family relationships, making the subject immensely relatable and deeply touching. Bartels spins this masterful tale with ...
  • Amanda
    Dec 16, 2018
    Three women, three turbulent times in American history, three stories braided together to create one poignant and unforgettable novel. This is a book that you?ll remember long after you?ve turned the last page. I highly recommend it. ...
  • Dianne Polome
    Sep 27, 2018
    Erin Bartel's debut novel is an interesting take on racial issues, as seen through the eyes of three women connected across the generations--from the Civil War era to the 1960's to more recent times. The characters were robust and believable, and their alternating stories were expertly...
  • Heather
    Dec 16, 2018
    Wow! This book was not exactly what I was expecting but it was so much better. It follows 3 women from 3 generations of the same family. Liz, recently fired from her job at the Detroit Free Press, Nora a young somewhat rebellious 20 something in the late 1960's, and Mary a young wife d...
  • Pamela Barrett
    Dec 11, 2018
    This novel follows 3 generations of Michigan women. There is Nora Balsam who was a young white woman of privilege during the 1960?s when she meets a talented black photographer named William. His photos of people document a part of Detroit she has never seen. Soon their friendship bl...
  • Maureen Timerman
    Dec 09, 2018
    What a great read, from beginning to end the author pulled me in, from Civil War time to present day, we meet the members of one family through the generations. This one of the best books I have read this year, and now looking for more from this writer. We see injustice here in many ...
  • K.A. Doore
    Oct 21, 2018
    First off: wow. Three POVs, three timelines, three separate stories - it takes quite a bit of skill to not only keep the reader wholly invested in each, but to interweave them and keep them building off one another and still be able to give each a satisfying ending. And Bartels friggin...
  • Penny
    Dec 15, 2018
    The title, We Hope for Better Things, says so much about this story. Elizabeth Balsam, the main character, takes readers on a journey through struggles, love, hate, and loss. I admit there were parts of this book I found difficult to read because the depravity of mankind is exposed, ye...
  • Jessica
    Jan 09, 2019
    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 sto...
  • Alison Hammer
    Oct 26, 2018
    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 dealing with similar issues in spite of being generations apart. It was interesting to l...
  • Diane McPhail
    Oct 21, 2018
    Erin Bartels is not afraid to take on the difficult?neither in her writing nor in what she is writing about. In her debut novel, WE HOPE FOR BETTER THINGS, she braids three separate narratives, each from a different time period, into one cohesive whole, from the present to the turbul...
  • Amy
    Nov 10, 2018
    An incredible first novel! Erin Bartels has beautifully quilted a story that spans generations and explores the hard realities of racism. She pieces the story's fabric using threads of love, forgiveness, and the certain hope that God uses all things for his glory and our good. I wholeh...
  • Erica Boyce
    Nov 13, 2018
    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 historic...
  • Pamela
    Feb 10, 2019
    Exceptionally good story, through and through. The author kept my attention with tangible anticipation. I found myself caring for these couples as if I knew them personally. Much to reflect upon.... Meatier than chick-lit, touching upon subjects such as interracial marriage, civil ...
  • Earl
    Dec 16, 2018
    We Hope for Better Things from Erin Bartels is a wonderful debut and a moving story about family as well as society. I found the beginning a little slow for me but not to the point of making me think about stopping. More like just wanting to get through the set-up a little faster. T...
  • Nancy
    Dec 11, 2018
    We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels was a pleasant surprise for me. The novel is about three generations of women who live in Detroit and rural Lapeer, Michigan, spanning from the Civil War to the 1960s to today. I found the novel to be engaging, with interesting storylines an...
  • Kate Motaung
    Nov 12, 2018
    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 the characters and storyline. Very engaging. Would highly recommend. ...
  • Danielle Urban
    Oct 26, 2018
    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, tod...
  • MT
    Dec 16, 2018
    This book absolutely will not disappoint! The story travels from present day to 1960s to 1860s as it reveals family secrets. Present day journalist Elizabeth Balsam is given an unusual assignment that intrigues her. Little does she suspect that it will lead to unearthing deeply kept fa...
  • Robin Bonne
    Dec 15, 2018
    Unfortunately, the opening of the book was not what I was expecting. It starts out with a white journalist meeting with a black man at a Coney Island to discuss a camera. ?I?ll admit you do look like her,? Linden said. ?But ?no offense and all ?you do kind of all look ...
  • James Charlesworth
    Oct 28, 2018
    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 Moveme...
  • Katie B
    Jan 14, 2019
    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 Eli...
  • Lisa A. Sturm
    Nov 24, 2018
    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 bound...
  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    Dec 24, 2018
    This is an important book. And it is not for the faint of heart. We Hope for Better Things deals with ugly things. Things that aren't pretty. Things that we don't want to read about. But they are things that we need to read about, we need to know about. And the prevailing message of th...
  • Felicia Grossman
    Dec 09, 2018
    This story is a compelling multi-generational narrative about racism, privilege, and family secrets in the north, something that often isn't explored, both in the Civil War era and 1967 Detroit riots, as well as the modern era. The primary first person narrator, modern, out-of-a-job jo...
  • Truly
    Dec 14, 2018
    We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels is a breathtaking read that draws you into a world unlike any other. A story that is vividly written with characters that are relatable and well-written. Bartels has written a romance with family drama, tragedy, and love that is sure to captiva...
  • Katherine Riley
    Oct 03, 2018
    We Hope for Better Things is, first and foremost, about love. This accomplished and tightly plotted work of fiction intertwines three love stories around an American conflict that is not rooted in love at all. Martin Luther King Jr. said, ?Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do...
  • Megan Collins
    Sep 30, 2018
    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 t...
  • KTC
    Nov 14, 2018
    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/Reconstruction, Civil Rights movement, and present day. Bound by blood, these women also sha...