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We Hope For Better Things

By Erin Bartels

We hope for better things; it will rise from the ashes.

– Detriot City Motto

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A secluded little farmhouse in Lapeer County becomes an unwitting spectator to 150 years of climacteric history. Three women’s lives are beautifully woven together as we journey alongside each of them, peaking into the often-dark periods of the past in which they lived.

Although generations and time separate them, they each, in their own way, seek justice for the oppressed.

Mary Balsam, a farmer’s wife in the 1860’s, finds her home a refuge for escaped slaves.

Nora Balsam falls in love and gives up everything she knows to be interracially married to the love of her life in Detroit in the 1960s.

Elizabeth Balsam, a strong-willed journalist adamant about exposing the sins of the powerful in Detroit, becomes curious about her extended family ties to the Detroit Riots and delves into the past to expose the secrets kept hidden for too long.

Join these three women, whose lives become so real and tangible as every page is turned. Witness as they “uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide” (blurb), ultimately embracing the hope for better things.

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