What begins as a high school friendship involving a quarterback and a bookworm, soon becomes so much more. I adored this story and all of its mentions of classic works. It's a slow burn that really makes you dig deep. With emotional scenes and troubled characters, it weaves a beautiful story of friendship, love, forgiveness and family. The split timeline going back and forth between "then" and "now" was easy to follow and really played into the depth of the plot. I simply had to keep reading and couldn't put it down. The Professor, the main characters inherited parrot, was the perfect addition for a bit of humor all the while keeping it realistic.
While the book is labeled as Christian fiction and faith is mentioned, it is only sprinkled in. It leaves you thinking more than anything. The author touches on some very tough situations and I think her approach to faith is very realistic rather than fairytale. I appreciated that in this specific story, as it made it more believable as to how a young girl being alone would find her way.
All in all, The Words Between Us, is a new favorite. I look forward to more works from Erin Bartels.