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Book Review: The Words Between Us

Hi friends!

This week on the blog, we're going to take a look at two fiction pieces. I gotta say, I am appreciating these book reviews more and more; I have found so many wonderful authors this way that I would have never discovered on my own. And, I love supporting other Christian authors and sharing their books with my friends.

First up, The Words Between Us by Erin Bartles. Erin, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book. You've got a new fan!

Heads up, I received these books from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author: Erin Bartels is the author of We Hope for Better Things and The Words between Us. She is a member of the Capital City Writers and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. When she’s not writing, she can be found wandering through the woods with her camera, painting in both watercolor and oil, or reading with a semi-spastic Chihuahua mix on her lap. Erin lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her husband, Zachary, and their son, Calvin.

About the Book: Robin Windsor has spent most of her life under an assumed name, running from her family's ignominious past. She thought she'd finally found sanctuary in her rather unremarkable used bookstore just up the street from the marina in River City, Michigan. But the store is struggling and the past is hot on her heels.

When she receives an eerily familiar book in the mail on the morning of her father's scheduled execution, Robin is thrown back to the long-lost summer she met Peter Flynt, the perfect boy who ruined everything. That book--a first edition Catcher in the Rye--is soon followed by the other books she shared with Peter nearly twenty years ago, with one arriving in the mail each day. But why would Peter be making contact after all these years? And why does she have a sinking feeling that she's about to be exposed all over again?

With evocative prose that recalls the classic novels we love, Erin Bartels pens a story that shows that words--the ones we say, the ones we read, and the ones we write--have more power than we imagine.

My Review: It's been a long time since I literally could not put down a book. The Words Between Us was the first book in a long time where I could not go to bed without finishing it. Let me tell you guys, the missed sleep was worth it!

Robin's story immediately draws you in; a book shop owner trying to survive her future but still very much affected by her past. And guys, what a crazy past the main character has! There are things this character has experienced that I do not think I would be able to handle. The book bounces from here to now exploring the main characters past and how she met her love interest, Peter. Their story is easy to fall in love with and you find yourself rooting for them the entire time. They share their love through books, and even better, classic books, which I absolutely loved. There are things that happen in the book however that may have you scratching your head and wondering: "What on earth is going on? or Did not see that one coming!". After all the twists and turns, Erin gives you an abrupt ending. It left me wanting to know more, an epilogue maybe? Second book? TV show? But despite that, it's a wonderful read.

Interested in learning more about Erin and her other books? You can find her on all the socials: Facebook @ErinBartelsAuthor, on Twitter @ErinLBartels, or on Instagram @erinbartelswrites. Not a social media fan? Check out her website: https://erinbartels.com

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