All That We Carried – Book Review

Sister relationships can be very complicated but one thing is always true, whether you love your sister to distraction or wish she would drop off the face of the earth, she’s still your sister. You can’t change that!

Often, family incidents can mar the relationship. Sometimes, sisters can be very stubborn. Occasionally, circumstances totally beyond anyone’s control contribute to the drama.

ALL THAT WE CARRIED by Erin Bartels, tells the story of two sisters whose actions express all of the above. Separated for 10 years because of their reaction to a tragic car accident that killed their parents, Melanie convinces her sister Olivia to go on a week-long hike in the Porcupine Mountains of the Upper Peninsula in Michigan.

On this long hike, meant to restore the relationship, the girls encounter wild animals, get lost, are rescued by a handsome stranger, defy death, outrun a forest fire…

The author intersperses memories from the girl’s childhoods that help the reader better understand the relationship. However, rebuilding sisterly connections after major trauma is very difficult. Erin Bartels does an excellent job of showing how challenging and rewarding the process can be.

Blessings to you and yours!


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