”So much easier to express truth on the page. No need to trouble with facial expressions and intonation and not having the right word at the right time. There is always time on paper.” –The Words Between Us
Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
Robin Windsor has spent most of her life under an assumed name, running from her family’s ignominious past. She thought she’d finally found sanctuary in her rather unremarkable used bookstore just up the street from the marina in River City, Michigan. But the store is struggling and the past is hot on her heels.
When she receives an eerily familiar book in the mail on the morning of her father’s scheduled execution, Robin is thrown back to the long-lost summer she met Peter Flynt, the perfect boy who ruined everything. That book–a first edition Catcher in the Rye–is soon followed by the other books she shared with Peter nearly twenty years ago, with one arriving in the mail each day. But why would Peter be making contact after all these years? And why does she have a sinking feeling that she’s about to be exposed all over again?
With evocative prose that recalls the classic novels we love, Erin Bartels pens a story that shows that words–the ones we say, the ones we read, and the ones we write–have more power than we imagine.
Mmm..let me think. What is one of the biggest regrets I have for this year? NOT ACCEPTING A PAPERBACK COPY OF THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK!!! *cries* Yes, when I read the book blurb the first time I wasn’t impressed. In my mind, this was going to be a cheesy romantic story of the nerdy girl who loves bookstores, drinks coffee, and something miraculous happens (as entering a cooking competition and winning 10,000 dollars *coughs*) saves her life and in the meantime, she finds her true love. HOW WRONG WAS I! Two companies offered me the paperback copy and I rejected them until I said, you know what? I’ll give it a try just for the sake of reading something outside my usual reads. And thus I accepted but because I was so sure I was going to hate this book I accepted the ebook copy. *cries passionately*. I beg you, please preorder your copy of this beautiful book! I understand why they had to write the book synopsis like that now because otherwise they would reveal and spoil much of the story. What I completely loved about this book is the originality and precious story! they way the story is told is so unique it intercalates with one chapter of the present and one chapter of the past! like wutttt?!? The writing style and plot was so good every single chapter left you on a cliff hanger and if you wanted to know what happened next in the past you had to read a chapter of the present, and if you wanted to know what happened in the present you had to first read a chapter of the past!. I wanted to desperately know what happened next, it thus became a vicious cycle where I’ve been in for the last three days! I LOVED THIS BOOK, have I already mentioned that? I’m not kidding when I say this is one of my fav books of the year. Forget about the cliche contep popular stories, The Words between us will surpass all of your expectations and submerge you in a story filled with mystery, weird and unusual (in a good unique way) characters, 1990’s vibes, and, even tho I’ve never watched Stranger things, I fell this book has a vibe similar to it,, and conspiracies. Think scrunchies, books, spooky weird car trailers, bikes, desolate places, and a friendless girl. OK, im done. *fangirls* readdddd itttttt!
Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 (kisses)
Violence: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 (even though there is no graphic violence, there is mentioned some sensitive subjects like death, depression, and the harsh conditions a teenager lived… nothing graphic at all)
Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
Get your copy of The Words Between Us here!
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Revell (September 3, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800734920
- ISBN-13: 978-0800734923
About the Author
ERIN BARTELS is the author of WE HOPE FOR BETTER THINGS and THE WORDS BETWEEN US. She lives in the beautiful, water-defined state of Michigan where she is never more than a ninety minute drive from one of the Great Lakes or six miles from an inland lake, river, or stream. She grew up in the Bay City area waiting for freighters and sailboats at drawbridges and watching the best 4th of July fireworks displays in the nation. She spent her college and young married years in Grand Rapids feeling decidedly not-Dutch. She currently lives with her husband and son in Lansing, nestled somewhere between angry protesters on the Capitol lawn and couch-burning frat boys at Michigan State University. And yet, she claims it is really quite peaceful.
Erin is represented by Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency. Find her on Facebook @ErinBartelsAuthor, on Twitter @ErinLBartels, or on Instagram @erinbartelswrites.
** I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the above-mentioned thoughts are my own and weren’t influenced by the author or publisher. **