Not In Jersey: What I’ve Been Reading #39 Featuring The In-Between Hour What I’ve Been Reading #39 Featuring The In-Between Hour - Not In Jersey

Friday, January 17, 2014

What I’ve Been Reading #39 Featuring The In-Between Hour

inbetweenhourI received this book from TLC Book Tours for my review. The In-Between Hour is the second novel by Barbara Claypole White and was a beautiful story of two families, each damaged in various ways, coming together and helping one another survive.

“What could be worse than losing your child? Having to pretend he's still alive… Bestselling author Will Shepard is caught in the twilight of grief, after his young son dies in a car accident. But when his father's aging mind erases the memory, Will rewrites the truth. The story he spins brings unexpected relief…until he's forced to return to rural North Carolina, trapping himself in a lie. Holistic veterinarian Hannah Linden is a healer who opens her heart to strays but can only watch, powerless, as her grown son struggles with inner demons. When she rents her guest cottage to Will and his dad, she finds solace in trying to mend their broken world, even while her own shatters. As their lives connect and collide, Will and Hannah become each other’s only hope—if they can find their way into a new story, one that begins with love.”

All of the characters in this book had a connection to mental illness. Will’s mother, although never diagnosed, most likely was bipolar. Hannah’s father suffered from depression, and now she has to face that her son most Galen likely inherited this depression. While Galen turns to Will as a trustworthy adult, Will has a difficult time being there for him due to the recent loss of his own son, Freddie. Meanwhile, Will’s father is aging and needs more care than Will can provide himself. Hannah and her best friend Poppy become close to Will’s father. As Will’s family and Hannah’s family intertwine, Will and Hannah find themselves attracted to one another. But they both have a hard time letting love in.

This was a sweet story with many components – aside from those mentioned above there was an animal and nature theme as well as a lot about the Occaneechi Native American tribe, both of which contributed to the story. I was very impressed with the author’s ability to make her characters as well as the setting come alive and become meaningful to the reader. This is the kind of novel which stays with the reader even after closing the book.

If you would like to win a copy of this book, just leave me a comment!


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18 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

Sounds like a great book and must tell you I have been reading so much more and already on my 4th book for this month alone. I love that I have found more time for it, too and thank you for always sharing what you are reading here and giving me that extra push to indeed read books again :)

Barbara Claypole White said...

Thanks for reviewing, Dara. Thrilled you enjoyed THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR. Happy Friday, everyone. And happy reading!

tamarsb said...

Wow - that sounds like a great book. I will put it on my to-read list!

Rhonda Lomazow said...

Sounds like the perfect read for me.thanks for giveaway!

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

Ohhh would love to read! Checking out TLC book tours now too.

anne said...

Thanks for this great feature which interests me greatly.

Dara said...

yes I am proud of you for reading so much more now!

Dara said...

thanks for stopping by!

Dara said...

I'll enter you to win!

Dara said...

good luck!

Dara said...

thanks for entering!

Dara said...

thanks.

Erica said...

What an interesting description.. sounds like a tear jerker! :)

What the Schneck - the blog said...

I'd love to win a copy! Sounds like a great read!

Dara said...

it didn't make me cry, but the ending could be considered tear jerking!

Dara said...

great, good luck!

HeatherTLC said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this book! Thanks for being on the tour.

Dara said...

thank you!