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 women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. 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. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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