We Hope for Better Things

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leader

Book or Media Title:

We hope for better things

Author or Producer:

Erin Bartels

Publisher or Studio:


Publication or Release Date:





392 pages


Set in three different time periods, We hope for better things, is a family story of the Civil War, the volatile streets of Detroit in the 60’s and today. Elizabeth Balsam is asked to take a box of old photos to a relative she has never known. Being an out of work journalist, she takes on the task, although not without trepidation. As she builds a relationship with her aunt, she discovers more questions than answers and takes an emotional trip back through time to confront the hatred that has followed her family for decades.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Adult fans of Christian fiction, both contemporary and historical

Christian Impact:

Forgiveness of self and others as well as much content on race relations

Other Notes:

Includes an excerpt from the author’s next novel

We Hope for Better Things

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

No comments yet... Be the first to leave a reply!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: