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We Hope for Better Things

We Hope for Better ThingsWe Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is actually the tale of three different women from three different times. Mary lives during the Civil War and deals with the fallout of an absentee husband, a farm to run, and helping escaped slaves. Nora lives during the turbulent times of the 1960s when race riots were reshaping inner cities. Elizabeth is a journalist struggling to land the big story that will cement her career in the modern world.

All three women are related, and all three go through some serious trials. There are a lot of characters in the book and that can be hard to follow at times. Time-slipping back and forth isn’t my favorite, but the author does a credible job with it.

This isn’t a happy read, it’s disturbing and thought-provoking, it’ll stay with you after you close the book. If you’re looking for something challenging rather than relaxing, this may be the book for you.

 

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Generous Lies

Generous Lies (Hidden Truth Book 3)Generous Lies by Robin Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book three in Robin Patchen’s “Hidden Truth” series. They are all good! One of the things I love about this one is that it tackles the very timely – and scary for parents – issue of teenage drug addiction. Opioid addiction is on the news every night. People are dealing with this all across the country and all across the economic spectrum. Patchen does a very credible job of exploring how it can affect a family.

Aside from that important issue, the story is engaging from the start, picking up from the previous book. Any of these can be stand alone stories, but I recommend reading them in order. Garrison and Sam are introduced in the previous books, but in “Generous Lies” it’s their story. We liked them before, but now we really get to know them. And they don’t disappoint! No spoilers here but I highly recommend reading the whole series.

 

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