The Words between Us: A Novel

The Words between Us: A Novel

by Erin Bartels

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Overview

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.

*****

"The Words between Us is a story to savor and share: a lyrical novel about the power of language and the search for salvation. A secondhand bookstore owner hiding from a legacy of scandal, tragedy, and heartbreak must unlock the secrets of the past to claim her happiness. I loved every sentence, every word."--Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son and The Promise between Us

"Erin Bartels has done it again. She's created a story that has set up camp in my mind and now feels more like a memory, something I lived, than a piece of fiction. The added benefit is that it's a story about books, some of the best ones ever written. If you are the kind of person who finds meaning and life in the written word, then you'll find yourself hidden among these pages."--Shawn Smucker, author of Light from Distant Stars

"Vividly drawn and told in expertly woven dual timelines, The Words between Us is a story about a woman who has spent years trying to escape her family's scandals and the resilience she develops along the way. Erin Bartels's characters are a treat: complex, dynamic, and so lifelike I half expected them to climb straight out of the pages."--Kathleen Barber, author of Are You Sleeping

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800734923
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 252,139
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Erin Bartels is the author of We Hope for Better Things and has been a publishing professional for 17 years. A freelance writer and editor, she is a member of Capital City Writers and the Women's Fiction Writers Association and is former features editor of WFWA's Write On! magazine. Her short story "This Elegant Ruin" was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. She grew up in the Bay City, Michigan, area and has spent much of her life waiting on drawbridges. She lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her husband, Zachary, and their son. Find her online at www.erinbartels.com.

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irishniff 10 days ago
Wow. What a poignant story to demonstrate the power of the written word and people’s life stories. Erin Bartels beautifully weaves together a present day story with flashbacks from the past. The genuine characters face struggles, make mistakes but learn valuable lessons through the years. The majority of the book is set in an interesting community in Michigan. I enjoyed the details given regarding the setting including the placement of the used bookstore. My absolute favorite part of this book was the references to classic literature and the impact that reading those books had on the characters and their relationship. Bartels skillfully adds the book references to perfectly compliment the storyline. Truly, this engrossing story will leave an impact. I only hope that there will someday be a sequel. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.