The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water Book Review
Book Review

The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water by Erin Bartels

Wowza! This book packs a punch. Here is my review.

MY REVIEW

When a Very Disappointed Reader sends her a letter, Kendra Brennan, a novelist moves to Hidden Lake to do something about how the letter has affected her. This book and the story are intertwined through friendships and relationships that span three generations. Tragedy and triumph are at a tug of war as the story behind these characters, both in her novel and in real life are revealed and the story unravels. Bartels is a master at giving us just enough information to keep us wanting more with each page, I could not put this book down. Touching on serious subjects, this book is not a light and fluffy read by any means, but it is poignant and relevant. It’s a coming-of-age story as well as a coming to terms with the past. Beautifully executed and thought-provoking. The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water is another winner from Bartels.

Book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. My opinion is my own.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The best fiction simply tells the truth. But the truth is never simple.

When novelist Kendra Brennan moves into her grandfather’s old cabin on Hidden Lake, she has a problem and a plan. The problem? An inflammatory letter from A Very Disappointed Reader. The plan? To confront Tyler, her childhood best friend’s brother–and the man who inspired the antagonist in her first book. If she can prove that she told the truth about what happened during those long-ago summers, perhaps she can put the letter’s claims to rest and meet the swiftly approaching deadline for her next book.

But what she discovers as she delves into the murky past is not what she expected. While facing Tyler isn’t easy, facing the consequences of her failed friendship with his sister, Cami, may be the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.

Plumb the depths of the human heart with this emotional exploration of how a friendship dies, how we can face the unforgivable, and how even those who have been hurt can learn to love with abandon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ERIN BARTELS is the award-winning author of We Hope for Better Things, The Words between Us, All That We Carried, and The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water. Her short story “This Elegant Ruin” was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest and her poetry has been published by The Lyric. She lives in the capital city of a state that is 40% water, nestled somewhere between angry protesters on the Capitol lawn and couch-burning frat boys at Michigan State University. And yet, she claims it is really quite peaceful.

You can find her on Instagram @erinbartelswrites and Facebook @ErinBartelsAuthor.


Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Word Guild. She is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. Her fiction debut, A Promise to Keep released, Jan 21, 2020. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband, their two teenagers, and does the bidding of her two adorable cats.

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“A delightful romance sure to please anyone looking for a story about second chances, grace, and hope. This one has all the right ingredients!”
—Catherine West, award-winning author of Where Hope Begins

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Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.

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