All That We Carried by Erin Bartels
Published: January 5, 2021
Length: 352 pages
About the book:
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.
This was my first book by Erin Bartels. I’m not sure how I felt about this book. I did finish the book in one day, but at times I struggled with it. Both of the sisters were flawed and that made them seem real. I did struggle with Melissa’s beliefs and Olivia’s criticism. My favorite part of this book was the detail of the hiking and scenery. I really did like the character of Josh. I did feel like there was something missing at the end. There could’ve been a little more to wrap things up. I don’t want to give too much away, but I wouldn’t read this again if given the choice.