The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels
My review: 4 of 5 Stars
The Words Between Us is, at its heart, a love story between Robin, Peter and their books and words. It is also a story about forgiveness and moving forward. Bartels immediately draws the reader in with a character whose tragic past makes her both interesting and mysterious. I wanted to root for Robin, and sometimes I did. Other times she was so bitter and defensive that I wondered how Peter could love her the way he did. My reaction to most of the characters was mixed because Bartels made them complex and not easy to like. The narrative was woven between the past and the present until the past caught up. This technique added perspective and helped the reader better understand the characters. Books and words were lovingly conveyed to the point of adoration. I could appreciate this because I also love books, but sometimes it was a bit much. The ending leaves the reader with the sense of a Happily Ever After but not a certainty which was, I felt, realistic and acceptable. As Robin finally began to let go of her past and her bitterness, the book became a more enjoyable read. I recommend The Words Between Us for those who love bookstores and classic literature.
In accordance with FTC guidelines, please note I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.