AUTHOR: Erin Bartels
Back Cover: Estranged sisters embark on a hiking trip on the tenth anniversary of their parents' deaths in an attempt to reconnect. In the wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula they'll face their deepest fears, question their most dearly held beliefs, and begin to see that perhaps the best way to move forward is the one way they had never considered.
My Review: Part novel, part allegory, author Erin Bartels invites readers on a hiking adventure with two disparate sisters, Olivia and Melanie Greene. United by blood but divided by grief, they haven’t been together in the ten years since their parents’ untimely death.
Vivid descriptions and powerful emotions drew me in and kept me reading, as these two women struggle with one another as much as with the elements. Their supposedly simple hike becomes much more.
Faith plays an important role in this story, and I longed for a resolution to the sisters’ confusion. That is where All That We Carried fell short, in my opinion. Perhaps the ending was too esoteric for me. But the descriptions of the Upper Peninsula’s wilderness area made me want to visit, and the brief bits of joy made me smile—all in all, a good read.
I was given a copy of the book by the publisher and award All That We Carried four stars.