the words between us

About the Book

Robin Windsor has spent much of her life under an assumed name to avoid association with her infamous parents. She thought she’d finally found sanctuary running her used bookstore in quiet River City, Michigan. But 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 summer she met Peter Flynt, the perfect boy who ruined everything. Why would Peter be making contact now? 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.

My Thoughts

After reading Ms. Bartels debut novel and being completely blown away, I had high hopes for this second novel. And it was amazing! The writing is superb, beautiful, and flows so smoothly. There’s none of that going back to reread because you didn’t quite get what the author is trying to say. It’s not overly wordy either. Just the perfect amount of words beautifully strung together to make the story dance off the page into real life. The setting is so charming and homey. Being from the midwest, I feel like I’m at home in the book. I also love all the reference to great literary works. I loved the characters. Love how Bartels slowly draws the reader into the life of the character, with some comic relief and tugs at the heart strings. The characters deal with real life, big issues, and respond in such normal ways. The story doesn’t feel rushed, or over dramatized and cheesy. Erin Bartels is quickly becoming one of my favorite new authors. I recommend her books to all my friends. I give this story 5 stars. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

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