Title: We Hope For Better Things
Author: Erin Bartels
Genre: Historical Fiction
About the book: Elizabeth Balsam is a journalist who loses her job. A man named James Rich asks her to deliver a camera and some photos to a relative of hers named Nora who’s living in an isolated farmhouse.
First impressions: I was interested in the plot, specifically about Detroit and the Underground Railway. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I found myself pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story.
Characters: There were a lot of characters, so I had a little trouble keeping track of everyone at first. That being said, the author did a good job fleshing out the main protagonists: Mary, Nora, and Elizabeth.
“Change happens when the cost of keeping things the way they are is too high.”
Writing: It’s well-written with some romance. Some of the issues and scenes depicted are more mature in nature.
Final thoughts: By the end, I had a greater appreciation for the title of the novel. The ending answers a lot of lingering questions but also leaves some open-ended. While the subject matter might not make for the easiest read, I think books like these are necessary, especially in this day and age.
If you like historical fiction that addresses racism in America, I would recommend checking out We Hope For Better Things.