The Words Between Us
Robin 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.
I was actually looking forward to reading this book. Robin's family dynamics were complicated. Yet, there was something unsatisfying that I struggled really hard to find an emotional connection with her as well as the rest of the characters in this book.
This is the type of story where it is important to share an emotional connection with the characters. If for nothing else, Robin. I tried to find my footing with this book but it became apparent when I got halfway into the story and could not remember anything that I had read in the first half of the book. Sadly, I did not finish this book as it was not for me.