Tag Archives: forgiveness

The girl who could breathe underwater 

All of Bartels’ books seem to have a redemptive thread as does Breathing underwater. This book also deals with relationships and forgiveness.

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The plot involves facing the past and leads characters to consider their past mistakes, regrets, and the need for forgiveness and reconciliation.

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Surviving Carmelita

The main character, Josie, suddenly and unexpectedly faces a tragedy that would be hard for anyone to process. As she sees how this accident is affecting her children and best friend she decides the best thing to do is to leave her home in Illinois and go spend some time with a cousin in Key West, Florida. Her time away from her family is a huge growing time for her spiritually, but also for the family she leaves behind. 

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