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We Hope for Better Things

Written by:
Erin Bartels
Narrated by:
Stina Nielsen

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2019
12 hours 3 minutes
'We Hope for Better Things has it all: fabulous storytelling, an emotional impact that lingers long after you turn the last page, and a setting that immerses you. I haven't read such a powerful, moving story since I read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school. This book will change how you look at the world we live in. Highly recommended!'--Colleen Coble, USAToday bestselling author of the Rock Harbor series and The View From Rainshadow Bay 'A timely exploration of race in America, We Hope for Better Things is an exercise of empathy that will shape many a soul. Erin Bartels navigates this sensitive topic with compassion as she shifts her readers back and forth between past and present, nudging us to examine the secrets we keep, the grudges we hold, and the prejudices we may help create even without intention.'--Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Perennials ***** 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.
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This story described five to six generations of a southern white family and their experiences with life and racial issues from the Civil War to the present. I found it different, enlightening, and provided insights into slavery and that white families understood the value of slavery, but didn't always agree or support it. I enjoyed this book.

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Shar V.

loved the narrator! good stuff, great story

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Berva Lorraine H.

This book has all the things I like in a book. There are a few stories running through it. It shows how complicated an issue we are dealing with, how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. I loved this compelling book and the narration was excellent as well

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Danna S.

Marvelous story telling of racial bias that’s still happening today. Loved every minute.

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