All That We Carried - by Erin Bartels

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Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up

Number of Pages: 368

Format: Paperback

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Christian

Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company

Book theme: Contemporary

Author: Erin Bartels

Language: English

Street Date: January 5, 2021
TCIN: 81048630
UPC: 9780800738365
Item Number (DPCI): 247-70-6478
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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Estranged sisters embark on a hiking trip on the 10th 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.



Book Synopsis



"Bartels proves herself a master wordsmith and storyteller."--Library Journal, starred review

"This subdued tale of learning to forgive is Bartels's best yet."--
Publishers Weekly

"A deeply personal, thoughtful exploration of dealing with pain and grief."--
Life Is Story

"Taut and engaging."--
Foreword

"A deftly crafted, entertaining, thought-provoking novel."--Midwest Book Reviews

***

Ten years ago, sisters Olivia and Melanie Greene were on a backcountry hiking trip when their parents were in a fatal car accident. Over the years, they grew apart, each coping with the loss in her own way. Olivia plunged herself into law school, work, and a materialist view of the world--what you see is what you get, and that's all you get. Melanie dropped out of college and developed an online life-coaching business around her cafeteria-style spirituality--a little of this, a little of that, whatever makes you happy.

Now, at Melanie's insistence (and against Olivia's better judgment), they are embarking on a hike in the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In this remote wilderness 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.

Michigan Notable Book Award winner Erin Bartels draws from personal experience hiking backcountry trails with her sister to bring you a story about the complexities of grief, faith, and sisterhood.



From the Back Cover



"Bartels proves herself a master wordsmith and storyteller."--Library Journal, starred review

"This subdued tale of learning to forgive is Bartels's best yet."--
Publishers Weekly

"A deeply personal, thoughtful exploration of dealing with pain and grief."--
Life Is Story

"Taut and engaging."--
Foreword

"A deftly crafted, entertaining, thought-provoking novel."--Midwest Book Reviews

***


The most treacherous terrain is found within

Ten years ago, sisters Olivia and Melanie Greene were on a hiking trip when their parents were in a fatal car accident. They haven't seen each other since the funeral. Olivia coped with the loss by plunging herself into law school, work, and a materialist view of the world--what you see is what you get, and that's all you get. Melanie dropped out of college and developed an online life coaching business around her DIY spirituality--a little of this, a little of that, whatever makes you happy.

Now, at Melanie's insistence (and against Olivia's better judgment), they are embarking on a hike in the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In this remote wilderness 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.


"Erin Bartels has a gift for creating unforgettable characters who are their own worst enemy, and yet there's always a glimmer of hope that makes you believe in them. The estranged sisters in All That We Carried are two of her best yet."--Valerie Fraser Luesse, Christy Award-winning novelist

"All That We Carried is so much more than just a beautiful novel--it's a literary adventure of both body and spirit, a meaningful parable, a journey of faith. Simply stunning."--Heidi Chiavaroli, award-winning author of Freedom's Ring and The Tea Chest


Erin Bartels is the award-winning author of We Hope for Better Things and The Words between Us. She lives in Michigan's capital city with her husband and their son. She hikes Michigan's backcountry trails with her sister. Find her online at www.erinbartels.com.



About the Author



Erin Bartels is the award-winning author of All That We Carried, 2020 Christy finalist The Words between Us, and We Hope for Better Things, a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, 2020 WFWA Star Award-winner, and 2019 Christy finalist. A publishing professional for nearly twenty years, she lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her husband, Zachary, and their son. Find her online at www.erinbartels.com.
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4.4 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

Glimmer of Hope

5 out of 5 stars
Cheryl W - 2 years ago
“All That We Carried” by Erin Bartels is a story of love, forgiveness and hope. Sisters Olivia and Melanie are complete opposites and have not seen each other since their parent’s funeral. Olivia is the kind of girl-what you see is what you get. Melanie is a little of this, a little of that, whatever makes you happy kind of girl. The sisters embark on a hike in the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to rebuild their relationship. They both face their deepest fears, question their beliefs and begin to heal. I enjoyed the book and was able to relate to the sisters. The author, Erin Bartels has become a favorite author and look forward to her books. I received a copy of the book from Revell Publisher’s. All opinions are my one.
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THOUGHT PROVOKING!

5 out of 5 stars
Moonpie - 2 years ago
Olivia and Melanie have been alienated from one another for 10 years, ever since the tragic death of their parents. Melanie suggests they go on a hike, something they did as children. Olivia hesitantly agrees. This was some hike, it was a weeklong! I just thought I had been hiking. I see now it was just long walks in the woods! Melanie had hoped to renew their broken relationship. The interaction, and communication (or lack of it) between the two sisters was so real! Olivia is controlling, bossy, and OCD planning. Melanie is impulsive and light hearted, totally opposite of her older sister. Their differences were even greater than that and are tested on this trip. The destination was the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan. The trails they would take are remote and rugged. Can you imagine going on a venture like this with a family member you have not seen in a decade!? The time and the unresolved grief had created many issues in their lives they did not even recognize they had. As you can imagine away from civilization with just the two of them, each was faced with deep introspection of their life, beliefs, values, and things they had buried deep within themselves years ago. I felt the frustration they experienced with each other. The struggle wasn’t just physical as it would be with such a grueling journey, it was also emotional. There were unexpected surprises and drama along the way. I enjoyed the description of the scenery, it was fantastic! It made me want to go look for pictures on the internet. I saw a great lesson in how we cannot run from our painful experiences and not gave them affect our future in ways we never imagined. A beautiful story of unresolved grief, forgiveness, and fresh starts. I received this book from Revell Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
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SURVIVAL OF RELATIONSHIPS

3 out of 5 stars
Connywithay - 2 years ago
“She kept repeating to herself that it didn’t matter — what’s done is done and can’t be undone — but it did matter,” Erin Bartell writes of Olivia’s frame of mind in the novel, All That We Carried. ~ What ~ This three-hundred-and-sixty-two-page paperback targets those interested in learning to weather one’s problems, forgive each other, move on from the past, and focus on God. With the use of slang words such as crap, dang, darn, and heck, topics of injury, illness, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes acknowledgments, an excerpt of the author’s upcoming novel, her biography, and advertisements. In this story based mainly in the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, siblings Olivia and Melanie are finally seeing each other after their parents’ unexpected death ten years ago. While each has gone on separate paths in life, they decide a hiking trip may be what reconnects their broken relationship. Through the beautiful scenery and unexpected encounters, they are forced to question their beliefs, viewpoints, and attitudes that shaped them throughout their lives. ~ Why ~ Having never been to the gorgeous hill country of Michigan, this read offers a scenic and adventurous backdrop while explaining how Olivia, an atheist attorney, wants to control everything being the older sister and Melanie, one who is into everything New Age, covers her bases trying to make an important decision. I liked a third character who was pivotal in helping a fractured relationship. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not like stories of hiking and the challenges that can appear may have no interest in this book. Others may get irritated with the continual tug-of-war conversations between the sisters and the unrealistic medical scene toward the end of the book. I found the ending lacking completion. ~ Wish I noticed that there was no obvious plan of eternal salvation or mention of Jesus Christ being the only way to Heaven, although there was plenty of opportunities to express it with the two women being so opposite in their religious beliefs. I wish more references of relying on God were included, all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence, and no slang words were added. ~ Want ~ If you enjoy tales that incorporate hiking and survival with reconnecting with loved ones after a tragedy, this may work for you, but I felt it was frustrating, especially since I have read other novels by the author. Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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Poignant and powerful

4 out of 5 stars
MJSH - 2 years ago
"But there is one thing I do know: life is about more than just being happy or being liked or being self-actualized. It's about more than just me. It's about more than just you." This is the first book I have read by Erin Bartels (though I do own her two previous books). She has earned much accolade, and rightly so, given her lovely writing, deeply layered characters with raw and intense emotions that roll off the pages, well-constructed plot that brings the reader into the heart of the characters, and poignant and thought-provoking themes. This book allows the reader to follow along two estranged sisters, Olivia and Melanie, through a week-long hike in the Porcupine Mountains in Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The scenery is absolutely breath-taking and I felt like I was actually hiking the trails with them, suffering and triumphing alongside their losses and victories. Their reunion is stilted at best, having been estranged for a decade. Their completely different personalities and outlooks on life adds fuel to the fire that has been growing since their parents' tragic death ten years ago. Olivia, the older sister, is an atheist control-freak, extremely structured but also self-centered. Melanie, the younger sister, is more of a free spirit and tender-hearted but quite unstructured and somewhat lost in her new age thinking. Unfortunately I couldn't fully connect with either sister and their argumentative dialogue, though probably very realistic between sisters, made me feel at edge, especially because Olivia mostly argued for the sake and love of argument. The sisters' convoluted history and relationship is made more clear with flashbacks, as new and old friends enter into the plot to nudge them along. The epilogue and Olivia and Melanie's spiritual stance are left open without any firm resolution, which disappointed me but also made me think deeper about the sisters' journey. Even though I didn't empathize with the sisters, their fears and heartache were real and tangible, as was their growth during the hike. If you enjoy well-written women's fiction, I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I received a copy of the book from Revell via Interviews & Reviews and NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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Grief and Backpacks

5 out of 5 stars
Maureen - 2 years ago
The title of this book tells so much about the story, whether we are talking about grief or the gear we are going to use and take as we do a long hike. Olivia the older sister, has dealt with her grief by cutting off her remaining family, but for ten years? In that time she has focused her life on her career as a lawyer. Younger sister Melanie, appears to be an accomplished blogger, and has a big heart, she doesn't want to hurt anyone or anything, to the point of her diet. She is a vegan because, well she may end up eating family or friend, she also believes in reincarnation! Watch for the twist that happen here, and you will be scratching your head and wonder if it is a God thing or that person is really real. I loved all of the twist and turns, and even the sister bickering, and surprises abound, and gifts, even if they don't look like a real present they are gifts! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
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