The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels


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. She 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 Facebook @ErinBartelsAuthor, on Twitter @ErinLBartels, or on Instagram @erinbartelswrites.


Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Erin is a first time author for me and not the last time either. I LOVED this book, and in relation to Robin’s love of books and this taking place in a bookstore hit a home run for me. I really like the way Erin brings these characters into real life for us, having real problems and issues that we everyday people experience.

I would not say that this is a Christian fiction book, as much as it is Women’s fiction, which did not influence my opinion of this book at all. Erin has written a beautiful story here and I will be a long time reader of hers for a long time to come. You will not want to pass on reading this gem.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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