All That We Carried by Erin Bartels // Review

My Review:

Estranged sisters go on a hike in hopes of reconciling after the accident that severed them ten years before. 

This was a book that I struggled with, and I kind of knew that would likely be that case heading into it as I had seen many mixed reviews for this title. A well written read that follows two sisters, going back and forth between the past and present day. The sisters, Melanie and Olivia are about as different as can be, especially in how they dealt with the death of their parents. Olivia is the logical lawyer, the planner, while her sister, Melanie, is a free-spirited life coach. Olivia is an atheist, while Melanie believes there is truth in multiple religions. 

There is a lot of symbolism throughout the story, from their hike and their burdens, to even their varying attitudes about Christianity, as well as in the character of Josh. 

In the end, though the book is well written, didn't find the book to my personal taste. I think that the author did a good job of showing two very opposite sisters, and their differing worldviews, though they were definitely seeking something to hold onto, the ending I felt left it pretty wide open as to where they would someday end up. I also was uneasy with the unequally yoked couple. I could definitely see why some people would really enjoy this one, but it just wasn't for me.

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

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