The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Robin Windsor had her youth upended when her father and mother got caught up in political espionage, and she had to go and live with her grandmother, whom she had never met before. She found a refuge in literature, that helped her make it through, inspiring poetry and fueling her friendship with jock Peter Flint.

18 years later her father is scheduled for execution and she has mysteriously begun receiving books from her old high school friend, with no explanation. She's spent her whole life running from her past, is it about to be exposed?

Robin has spent her life, trying to distance herself from her notorious father. She's seen a lot of things in life, but has never been able to to escape the shame of her past. She works in a struggling bookstore, and is beginning to lose hope. Her friend Dawt is a bright spot of encouragement, and well of faith and humor. Robin has a passion for books and words. Her story is told in first person, present-tense, with dual timelines jumping between her childhood and the present day.

This is a meandering book, jumping in and out of the past as pieces from the past and the present day weave themselves together as Robin fights to find hope and forgiveness after long years of being alone with no one to turn to. I loved her parrot, who injects a healthy dose of humor to the read. It was hard to see a clear direction in this book, which added in many ways to the mystery and secrets of the story. A complex family drama, full of secrets. I wish there had been a little more emphasis on the faith aspects of this book. I had a hard time compiling my thoughts on this book, the ending felt like it came too soon. In the end I had very mixed feelings about this book, there were things that it did very well, yet there were other things that I felt could have been more fleshed out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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