Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Time Between

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Book Review - The Time Between

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About the Book
New York Times bestselling author Karen White delivers a novel of two generations of sisters and secrets set in the stunning South Carolina Lowcountry.

Eleanor Murray will always remember her childhood on Edisto Island, where her late father, a local shrimper, shared her passion for music. Now her memories of him are all that tempers the guilt she feels over the accident that put her sister in a wheelchair—and the feelings she harbors for her sister’s husband.

To help support her sister, Eleanor works at a Charleston investment firm during the day, but she escapes into her music, playing piano at a neighborhood bar. Until the night her enigmatic boss walks in and offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, back on Edisto. For Eleanor, it’s a chance to revisit the place where she was her happiest—and to share her love of music with grieving Helena, whose sister recently died under mysterious circumstances.

An island lush with sweetgrass and salt marshes, Edisto has been a peaceful refuge for Helena, who escaped with her sister from war-torn Hungary in 1944. The sisters were well-known on the island, where they volunteered in their church and community. But now Eleanor will finally learn the truth about their past: secrets that will help heal her relationship with her own sister—and set Eleanor free....

About the Author
After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone with the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book, In the Shadow of the Moon (published in August 2000). This book was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including two more RITAs, the Georgia Author of the Year Award, and she has twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award for her novels, Learning to Breathe and On Folly Beach.

White currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—southern women’s fiction—and has recently expanded her horizons into writing a bestselling mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2011, her thirteenth novel, The Beach Trees, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at number fifteen and her fourteenth novel, The Strangers on Montagu Street, debuted at number fourteen on the New York Times bestseller list.

White hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two children, and a spoiled Havanese dog named Quincy (who also appears in several of her books).

My Take on the Book
This was a book that is so well written and from beginning to end transports you into the environment in which the story is written. Each time I sat down to read this I found myself being drawn further and further in due to the rich description, but beyond that the drama and plot of the story itself. The author has also done a great job with her characters, developing depth in each one and allowing you as a reader to both live vicariously through her characters, but also see and feel the emotions running just below (and sometimes on top of) the surface of their reality. You will be transported into the south through the culture that is shared throughout the book itself and you will be transfixed by the story within the story that unveils itself to you with each page that you read! A very well written book that I highly recommend!

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