We Hope for Better Things

Written by:
Erin Bartels
Narrated by:
Stina Nielsen

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2019
12 hours 3 minutes
The past is never as past as we’d like to think

When journalist Elizabeth Balsam is asked to deliver a box of old photos to a relative she didn’t know she had, the strange request seems like it isn’t worth her time. But as she explores her great-aunt’s farmhouse with its locked doors and hidden graves, she soon discovers just how dramatically some of the most newsworthy events of the previous two centuries shaped her own family. 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.

Take an emotional journey through time—from the volatile streets of 1960s Detroit to Michigan’s Underground Railroad during the Civil War—to uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide.
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This story described five to six generations of a southern white family and their experiences with life and racial issues from the Civil War to the present. I found it different, enlightening, and provided insights into slavery and that white families understood the value of slavery, but didn't always agree or support it. I enjoyed this book.

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Shar V.

loved the narrator! good stuff, great story

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Berva Lorraine H.

This book has all the things I like in a book. There are a few stories running through it. It shows how complicated an issue we are dealing with, how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. I loved this compelling book and the narration was excellent as well

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Danna S.

Marvelous story telling of racial bias that’s still happening today. Loved every minute.

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