The publisher’s blurb:
When Detroit Free Press reporter Elizabeth Balsam meets James Rich, his strange request–that she look up a relative she didn’t know she had in order to deliver an old camera and a box of photos–seems like it isn’t worth her time. But when she loses her job after a botched investigation, she suddenly finds herself with nothing but time.
At her great-aunt’s 150-year-old farmhouse north of Detroit, Elizabeth uncovers a series of mysterious items, locked doors, and hidden graves. As she searches for answers to the riddles around her, the remarkable stories of two women who lived in this very house emerge as testaments to love, resilience, and courage in the face of war, racism, and misunderstanding. And as Elizabeth soon discovers, the past is never as past as we might like to think.
Debut novelist Erin Bartels takes readers on an emotional journey through time–from the volatile streets of 1960s Detroit to the Michigan’s Underground Railroad during the Civil War–to uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide.
What I thought of the book:
I will be blatantly honest – with so many people calling so many things “racist” these days, about the last thing I would choose to read is a book largely about racism. Still, the other parts of the book seemed to be interesting, so I took a chance. What a good bet! The story is so well written, touching nerves in a raw but good way. Back and forth between the past and the present, and how everything that has happened before affects what is happening now in each of our lives – and how all of this combined might affect the future.
The characters are all so human, so real. It feels as though we could know them ourselves. And isn’t that one of the things we all long for in a story? The smaller tales woven together are each realistic and interesting and will hold your attention through to the end.
This book is highly recommended!
**I was sent this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**