Review: The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels

The Words Between UsThe Words Between Us was a very interesting story, and one that is different than the books that I usually gravitate to. The cover drew me in and the book blurb made me want to give this novel a try.

I liked the way the book spent time in both the present and the past. And although I liked this approach and the way events slowly played out as I read, sometimes it dragged a bit for me. I still enjoyed uncovering what exactly had happened in Robin’s life.

The Words Between Us referenced classic literature, most of which I read in high school, and tied it into the story in a seamless way. In fact, this novel left me with a similar feeling as many of the stories that were referred to did when I read them.

The ending felt satisfying to me, however it was abrupt, and I honestly would have enjoyed a few more chapters to wrap things up a bit more. But, overall, this was a story that moved me. Although published as a Christian fiction story, the faith element was very subtle. This book will probably be well received in the general market.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


The Words Between UsRobin 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.

Purchase your own copy here.



Erin Bartels is the author of We Hope for Better Things and The Words between Us. She is a member of the Capital City Writers and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. When she’s not writing, she can be found wandering through the woods with her camera, painting in both watercolor and oil, or reading with a semi-spastic Chihuahua mix on her lap. Erin lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her husband, Zachary, and their son, Calvin. Find her on Facebook @ErinBartelsAuthor, on Twitter @ErinLBartels, or on Instagram @erinbartelswrites.


About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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2 Responses to Review: The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels

  1. carylkane says:

    Thank you for your honest review! I’ve not yet read Erin’s books.

  2. Lelia “ Lucy” Reynolds says:

    I have this on my TBR pile. Thank you for sharing.

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