I have read quite a few of Karen White’s novels being a huge fan of hers so I’m always excited when a new one comes out. Although I’m a bit behind as The Time Between released on June 4 I excitedly read it and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Time Between is a novel that weaves the past and the present and shows that even through the hardships of broken families and dark family secrets there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow.
As children Eleanor and her sister Eve were very close and Eleanor was always leading her sister into trouble. This backfires horribly when Ellie falls out of a tree trying to save Eve. The result of this accident is Eve in a wheelchair for life and Ellie suffering a deep and unforgiving guilt because she feels responsible. Feeling this guilt has propelled Ellie into a life of being a caregiver to her mom and sister and even though Eve is married she still feels its her job to get Eve to her appointments and take care of everything at home.
When her boss Finn offers her a side job of being a companion to his elderly aunt she decides to take the opportunity. Not only can she use the extra money but it will also give her time away from home and even better she will be able to return to Edisto Island where she grew up and where her happiest memories remain.
Eleanor doesn’t bank on just how uncooperative and stubborn Helena can be. Since losing her sister Bernadett Helena has lost the will to live and she doesn’t want anyone changing her mind on that. Helena and Bernadett were always very close and having escaped war-torn Hungary in 1944, the sisters remained living together in America. Eleanor doesn’t give up too easily though and Helena has to admit there are some things about Eleanor that she likes such as her love of music and the fact that she reminds Helena of Bernadett. Can these two women through their own memories of the past offer healing to each other and a way to move on?
The Time Between by Karen White is another winner for me. I always enjoy her books and her stories never fail to touch my heart.
Source: Review copy provided by the Publisher via Edelweiss. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.