From the moment I picked up We Hope for Better Things and started reading it, I knew it was something special. I was hooked from the very first page, and the more I read, the harder it was to put it down.

We Hope for Better Things is the story of three women from different time periods, each dealing with racial injustice and forbidden love. Elizabeth is an expose journalist who loses her job when she’s betrayed by the newspaper she works for. Nora is a wealthy young woman of the sixties who falls in love with the wrong man.  Mary is a Civil War era abolitionist running a farm with a house full of runaway slaves.  Each woman follows a similar path and has to deal with the consequences.

This was my first time hop book, so I really didn’t know what to expect, but I loved the way the three stories were intertwined and the way each of the stories provided additional clues to the other stories. So much history was packed into 377 pages. So much fodder for thought. I love the way the book delves into each character and the time period they live in, providing perspectives you probably haven’t considered before. This is not a simplistic story but rather one that will challenge you.

I can’t believe this is a debut novel for Erin Bartels. She is a master of the English language and the art of storytelling. She’s got another book releasing in September 2019, and I look forward to reading it as well.

One final note. I don’t generally give book titles or covers that much thought. But the cover of this book is so beautiful and apropos and the title so perfectly expresses the theme of the book.

We Hope for Better Things releases in January.

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Disclaimer: I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are my own. 


About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a women’s ministry leader, popular media guest, and award-winning female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. Her filmmaking efforts have been recognized with dozens of accolades including the AFA “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Film Making”, four prestigious ICVM Crown Awards including Bronze “Best Picture”, a finalist in the Christian Retailing’s Best Awards and dozens of “Best Writer”, “Best Director” and “Best of Fest” festival awards. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture.

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