Everything Is Just Beginning by Erin Bartels

About the Book

Michael Sullivan has big dreams of being a musician, but when he suddenly finds himself without a job or a future, he is uncertain that his dreams will ever come true.  That is until an invitation to a fancy New Year’s Eve party sets events in motion that could forever change his future.  Natalie Wheeler may be an heir to a musical dynasty, but the fading of her family’s name means she must now find her own way in life.  When she meets Mike on that New Year’s Eve, they are both changed forever.

About the Author

Erin Bartels is the award-winning author of We Hope for Better ThingsThe Words between UsAll That We Carried, and The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water. A two-time Christy finalist and winner of two 2020 WFWA Star Awards and the 2020 Michigan Notable Book Award, Erin has been a publishing professional for twenty years. She lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her husband, Zachary, and their son. Find her online at http://www.erinbartels.com.

Purchase Links


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My Thoughts

I overall enjoyed this story, packed as it is with raw emotion and some good character development.  I found Natalie to be endearing and she effortlessly captured my attention with her positive outlook on life and her upbeat attitude despite many trials that she faced.  Michael’s journey is riddled with good character growth, although I would have liked to see a bit more of the spiritual changes in him detailed as well.  This is made up for in the delight that is Deb, who is a kind and generous mother to Natalie and a great addition to the novel.  I thought the chapters were cleverly laid out in tracks instead of chapters and I found myself wishing I could listen to the music they were discussing in the novel.  I read a lot of Christian romance fiction and I found it interesting that this novel took on the perspective of Mike for the story.  I think the author did a good job of creating a story with depth that made me want to keep reading.  I recommend this book to those who enjoy romantic stories.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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