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:When Detroit Free Press reporter Elizabeth Balsam meets James Rich, his strange request--that she look up a relative she didn't know she had in order to deliver an old camera and a box of photos--seems like it isn't worth her...
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:When Detroit Free Press reporter Elizabeth Balsam meets James Rich, his strange request--that she look up a relative she didn't know she had in order to deliver an old camera and a box of photos--seems like it isn't worth her time. But when she loses her job after a botched investigation, she suddenly finds herself with nothing but time.
At her great-aunt's 150-year-old farmhouse, Elizabeth uncovers a series of mysterious items, locked doors, and hidden graves. 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. And as Elizabeth soon discovers, the past is never as past as we might like to think.
Debut novelist Erin Bartels takes readers on an emotional journey through time--from the volatile streets of 1960s Detroit to the Underground Railroad during the Civil War--to uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide.
Erin Bartels is an author, a freelance editor, and a copywriter for an independent publishing house in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2014, she was a finalist in the Saturday Evening Post's Great American Fiction Contest with her story "This Elegant Ruin." She is a board member for the Capital City Writers Association, a member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association, and the features editor of WFWA's newsletter, Write On. Author of The Intentional Writer, Erin blogs at www.ErinBartels.com and speaks at writers conferences. For updates and information on new releases, follow her on Twitter @Eri