A decade has passed since sisters Olivia and Melanie Greene were hiking the back country of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP) together when their parents were killed in a car accident. They grew apart as each coped with the tragedy in a different way…Olivia losing herself in law school and building her career; Melanie dropping out of college to become an online life coach, building her brand around a cafeteria-style spirituality, borrowing what she likes best from many religions.

Melanie convinces Olivia to hike the Porcupine Mountains in the UP in an attempt to reconnect. But Melanie has a hidden agenda…a secret she has to find a way to tell Olivia.

The two women face their fears, their anger and their past as they find themselves in danger they never expected to encounter. They discover neither may have coped as successfully as they’d hoped…but they may find a brand new way forward.

All That We Carried is a realistic story of two sisters who know how to push one another’s buttons, but who discover how important each is to the other. Ms. Bartels tells a tale of forgiveness, love and redemption.

4 stars