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.
About the Author
ERIN BARTELS is the author of We Hope for Better Things and The Words between Us, which was a finalist for the 2015 Rising Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Her short story “This Elegant Ruin” was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. Her poems have been published by The Lyric and The East Lansing Poetry Attack. A member of the Capital City Writers Association and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, she is former features editor of WFWA’s Write On! magazine and current director of the annual WFWA Writers Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Erin lives in the beautiful, water-defined state of Michigan where she is never more than a ninety minute drive from one of the Great Lakes or six miles from an inland lake, river, or stream. She grew up in the Bay City area waiting for freighters and sailboats at drawbridges and watching the best 4th of July fireworks displays in the nation. She spent her college and young married years in Grand Rapids feeling decidedly not-Dutch. She currently lives with her husband and son in Lansing, nestled somewhere between angry protesters on the Capitol lawn and couch-burning frat boys at Michigan State University. And yet, she claims it is really quite peaceful.
Erin is represented by Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency. Find her on Social Media (see below). Season One of her podcast, Your Face Is Crooked, just wrapped. Catch up on old episodes on iTunes before Season Two begins.
Erin Bartels has written a beautiful and delightful story in her novel The Words Between Us. This story is about a woman who is running from her past. Book devotees will absolutely love this story because it’s about a strong bond of friendship built through the reading and sharing of books. The author tells a wonderful story and does an excellent job of switching back and forth between the present and the past (remembering the teenage years). It’s about pulling apart the pieces of life and putting them back together again. This is a sweet and easy warm-fuzzy story that readers will thoroughly enjoy!
Genre: contemporary, romance, mystery, Christian
Publication date: September 3, 2019
Number of pages: 358
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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