the words between us by erin bartels
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.
This book is by a new-to-me author. I’ve heard varied opinions regarding it. I couldn’t wait to dig in and read, and form some of my own!! 🙂
This is one of those books that are so hard to adequately describe or put into words how it made me feel.
I understood Robin. Her “now” and “then” days were both so mesmerizing. Her story is one that will stay with me for awhile.
This is a book about words, about family, forgiveness, and so much more.
Robin is one who thinks she’s lost everything.
She’s had a very difficult life.
Her past was exposed, one tiny piece at a time, and the whole story is woven together in a beautiful way.
I really did not detect a faith element in this book. If you are looking to only read Christian fiction, then this one is probably not what you want.
If you are looking for an incredible story that will speak to your soul, then give it a try!
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