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The Time Between By Karen White

Updated on March 19, 2018

The Time Between by Karen White

The Time Between by Karen White

The Time Between
The Time Between

I highly recommend this book because I enjoyed reading it from the first sentence to the last. The paper back edition is now available.

Wow! This book was so good that I literally could not put it down. I enjoy Karen White's Novels and pre-ordered this one the day I heard about it. My sister had downloaded it to her Kindle so she read it first and told me how wonderful it was. I was telling a friend of mine how good it was and she downloaded it to her Kindle, too.

There are five reasons that I enjoyed reading this book and I am going to explain each of these reasons but I am having to be so careful not to tell you too much. I sure don't want to spoil this great read for you.

1. It grabbed my attention with the first sentence and kept me interested until the last sentence

2. It takes place on Edisto Island, South Carolina which is one of my most favorite places on earth.

3. It is a story about sisters (actually two different sets of sisters) and my sisters are very important to me.

4. I like to learn new things and this book is filled with tidbits of information about Music, Art, WWII, Sweetgrass Baskets, Charleston, SC and Edisto

5. It was very thought provoking and I mentally kept referring to it for days after finishing it.

My only regret about reading this book is that I was not sitting on the beach at Edisto at the time. This is a wonderful summer read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Several of my friends have read it and feel the same way I do about it.Here is what my sister, Joan, had to say about this book:"I am an avid reader, but sometimes a book is so fabulous, I want to buy it for all my friends. The Time Between is one of those books.I read "The Time Between" on my Kindle. If I had been reading a hard copy, it would have been marked and highlighted all the way through. There are so many wise quotes - the kind of words you want to hold on to and ponder later.The Time Between ranks as one of my top ten books ever!" Joan Adams

 

5 Reasons Why I Enjoyed Reading "The Time Between"

1. It Grabbed My Attention Early

Actually, from the very first sentence

Author Karen White sure knew what she was doing when she chose the first sentence for this book:

"The first time I died was the summer I turned seventeen."

Now, I don't know about you but that one sentence reeled me in hook, line and sinker. Before I knew it, I had been "kidnapped by a good book". You know the kind of book I am talking about. Around my home, it is the kind where when my husband asked "What's for dinner?" I respond that I have not had time to go to the grocery store today and thought I would just open a can of Chicken Noodle Soup. Yep, for the next couple of days I would be "good for nothing" but reading and enjoying every minute of it.

Photo Credit: Photo of the inside of this book by OhMe created on PictureIt!

Tate Sisters
Tate Sisters

2. It is a story about sisters

and I have two very special sisters

There are two very different sets of sisters in this book.One is Eleanor (Ellie) and the book opens with her as the first person. Eleanor feels responsible for the fact that her sister, Eve, will spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. She is filled with guilt and spends her days caring for Eve and their mother while also working to help support the family. She also has a confusing relationship with Eve's husband and thinks that she might be in love with him so of course she feels guilty about that, too. Eve works in a Finance Company in Charleston where her family moved after the accident. Her boss hires her to care for his own young daughter and great aunt, Helena. She needed the money from a second job and loved the thought of returning to Edisto!Helena and her two sisters were from Hungary but both her sisters had died and she was grieving the loss of Bernadett, the sister who lived with her in Edisto. Helena told Eleanor this about sisters:

"The relationship between sisters is a little piece of Heaven and Hell. But we share the same soul."

Having two wonderful sisters, I know that I would do anything in this world for them so I understood some of the emotions that Helena and Eleanor were going through. Sister Relationships are very special.

Photo Credit: This photo is of my sisters and me at one of our Tate Family Reunions.

3. This book takes place on Edisto Island and Charleston, SC

Two of my most favorite places on earth

Eleanor and Eve grew up on Edisto Island with their parents. Their father had a shrimp boat and was drowned at sea when Eleanor was only 14 years old. Eleanor and her father were very close and a lot alike. He taught her to love music and to play the piano from the heart. Things were never the same after his death.I love Edisto and when I read Karen White's description, I could just visualize being right there. It was such a vivid image that I could even smell the pluff mud.

My hubby and I went to Edisto on our honeymoon and have many fond memories. I also used to go once a year with a group of lady friends from my hometown of Pendleton, SC. We always had such a great time but as we got older we mainly enjoyed reading a good book and just lazying around. I won't be able to join them this year but I will be sending my copy of "The Time Between" for them to read and pass around. I want each person to write in the front of it what they thought about the book. I sure hope they enjoy it as much as I did. I usually try to take a book by a Southern author when I go to the beach.

Photo Credit: Shrimp Boat photo by OhMe

4. I Enjoy Learning New Things

and I sure did learn some interesting things in this book

The first tidbit of information that I absorbed from reading this book is about the Sweetgrass Baskets. I am proud to be the owner of one which is in the picture here. I have seen many of them over the years and had a dear friend who purchased one every time she went to Charleston much the same way that Bernadett did. I was thrilled when she gave me one but I never knew that the designs all had names. When Eleanor saw one named "Dreams of Rivers", she just had to purchase it for Helena. Helena had shared that she grew up by the Danube River in Hungary and now she lived on the Edisto River.

Now, when I see a Sweetgrass Basket, I will want to find out the name of the pattern.Throughout the book, Eleanor discovers Helena's love for fine art and music and her experiences during World War II. I found all this to be very interesting.

Author Karen White's 1926 Mason & Hamlin Grand Piano - This is the actual piano that is featured in this book

Author Karen White's Mason & Hamlin Grand Piano
Author Karen White's Mason & Hamlin Grand Piano

Although I am not musically inclined, I do have a great appreciation for music and a great admiration to those who can play the piano beautifully. In the story, Helena's piano is this beautiful 1926 Mason & Hamlin Grand Piano that is in reality the author's personal piano. I really enjoyed reading her blog and learning about how she came in possession of it. I think it is so special that she featured it in this story and that Eleanor played such beautiful music on it from her heart.

Photo Credit: Thank you, Author Karen White, for allowing me to post this picture of your beautiful piano.

Eleanor's father had cried when he heard her play Chopin - The Chopin Nocturne in C Minor, Number 21 was Eleanor's father's favorite piece of music

I felt like I was in the room listening to Eleanor play this piano and she played so beautifully with a lot of emotion and heart. I listened to this while I was working on this page. Hope you enjoy listening, too!

I have a new appreciation for Chopin and will continue to enjoy listening to this. Enjoy!

5. This Book Was Very Thought Provoking

and I did not want it to end!

When I read the final paragraph and closed this book, I just sat there pondering what I had spent the last couple of days devouring. There was so much to think about on many different levels. The relationship of the characters and all the emotions that goes into any relationship is probably the most thought provoking. There is love between sisters, between father and daughter, between man and woman and lives filled with joy, grief, forgiveness, memories, secrets, disappointments, dreams and second chances.It was harder than I thought to explain why I enjoyed this book because I didn't want to tell too much. I just want everyone I know to read it so we can talk about it! Karen White is one of my favorite Southern authors.

"There was how we were before, and how we are now, and the time between is spent choosing which doors to open, and which to close." The Time Between by Karen White

Photo Credit: OhMe's photo of her book being closed

Have You Read "The Time Between"? - Would you like to read it?

Please join the poll and let me hear from. If you have read it, I hope you will tell us what you think in the guestbook below. Thank you.

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About Author Karen White

Who Is Karen White?

Author Karen White refers to her writing as "Grit Lit - Southern Women's Fiction" and fortunately has included our beautiful South Carolina Coast in her works. I love it when Southern authors use our beautiful state as the setting for their novels.She grew up in London, England and presently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She also enjoys reading, scrapbooking and playing her gorgeous piano. Her dog, Quincy, has been featured in some of her books, too."The Time Between" was her 16th Novel and was released in June 2013. I hope you will visit her blog, website, and facebook page that are featured below. I had emailed Karen White to ask permission to use a picture of her and a picture of her piano for this page. I also asked for a bio and asked her what her favorite book has been that she has written. She gave me permission to use the pictures and this was her response to my question about her favorite book:

"As for my favorite book, that's a lot like asking a mother who's her favorite child (my dog). I know I always say my favorite is my most recent book because the characters are still knocking around in my head, but I really think THE TIME BETWEEN is my favorite. I adore the setting and the characters, not to mention the gorgeous cover my publisher gave it!" Karen White

Photo Credit: Compliments of Karen White

HLCC Video Interview with Author Karen White - and book trailers for The Beach Trees and Sea Change

Author Karen White signed my guestbook and I hope you will, too!"

Thanks so much for such a lovely review! I'm deeply touched by your kind words (and Joan's!) and so glad you enjoyed my book. I hope you make it back to Edisto soon--as do I!"

— Karen White

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 weeks ago from Pendleton, SC

      You are too kind, Sittonbull!

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      John Sitton 7 weeks ago

      If I ever write a book of any value, I will want you to do a HubPages review Nancy. I think you could write an awful good one yourself, but now your enthusiastic review of this author and book which I'd never heard of, has me interested in reading it.

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      Connie Rasbury 7 weeks ago

      Enjoy your review of this book and all the reasons you love it.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      Your review has spurred my interest in reading Karen White for the first time. Your enthusiasm just pours off the page. The author is lucky to have fans like you, Nancy.Thanks.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      What a great, feisty book review - hope I enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed this article.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Stopping back by to let you know I read this book based on your recommendation. I enjoyed it so much that I went back to the library and read several more of Karen White's books. Thank you!

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      Susanna Duffy 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      You certainly know how to make a book sound appealing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just finished the book and I didn't want it to end.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great review - love when a book grabs you from the start.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @suepogson: Let me know if you read it and I hope you will share your thoughts on it.

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      It sounds just my type of book - thank you.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @grannysage: I hope you get a chance to read it some day. I sure know what you mean about those free books and there are a lot of great ones available.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      This sounds like a great read -- just in time for summer! I love when you write about your sisters, as I have a special place in my heart for my sisters, too.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @sheilamarie78: I do love my sisters so love to write about them. I know you know what I mean. Sisters are special!

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      grannysage 4 years ago

      A profoundly moving book review that definitely makes us want to rush out and buy it. Unfortunately I am limited to free books at the moment but will put it on my "to read later list."

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @kristalulabelle: Thanks so much. Please come back after you read and let us know your thoughts.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: This is a great book to escape in. Hope you enjoy as much as I did

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      What a great review! I am definitely like you when it comes to being "kidnapped" by a book, I actually think that is my new favorite phrase! I just finished re-reading one of my favorite series and have been poking around trying to find something else to read...I think I just found it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I can't wait to read this one. Thanks Nancy!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Now, you know I would never steer you wrong. I am so glad you enjoyed it, too!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      When Ohme tells me I HAVE to read something, I get on it right away! In this case, I am so glad I did. I loved every page of this book and can't wait to read Karen White's other novels.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thanks Sioux. I know you will enjoy all the music references.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Well done book review! I'll put it on my list of books to check out further. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'll be getting a copy soon, thanks to your review. Will check out Amazon for a good deal

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @jennabeezer: I am glad that you are adding this one to your "to-read" shelf and hope you will return here and let us hear what you thought about it. Thanks so much for your visit and comment.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you so much for your kind words and visit. I hope you do read it. Karen White is a wonderful author.

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      jennabeezer 4 years ago

      Really nice presentation on this lens! It's always intriguing to hear about a fellow reader's favorite books. I'm adding this one to my "to-read" shelf. Thank you for sharing!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Well, I know you have sure convinced me to read this book. Fantastic review. Of course, I want to read it on Edisto Island. What a powerful first sentence. How wonderful to connect with the author on so many different levels. Congrats on your feature and your Purple Star!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Heather426: I hope you do and hope you will return after reading and let us know what you think

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thanks, I was thrilled with the feature and the purple star

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It sounds to me as though Karen Wright wrote this just for you, what a great match and that is a tantalizing opening line to pull th:)e reader in....congratulations on your Giant Squids feature!

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      Heather Burns 4 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      You made it sound amazing and now I want to read it!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: I will send it to Edisto with you gals!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @LNAngel: I hope you enjoy it as much as I did

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can't wait to read it. Good review.

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      Lauren 4 years ago from Florida

      Would love to check this out!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: You will love it, Anne!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sounds like a great read

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Joan4: I am thinking of re-reading it, too, Joan! Can't wait for sister Betty to read it, too!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Michey LM: Michey, I think you will really enjoy this book and am anxious to hear your thoughts when you have read it.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Wow, Karen. Thank you for reading this page and commenting. It really means a lot to me.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for such a lovely review! I'm deeply touched by your kind words (and Joan's!) and so glad you enjoyed my book. I hope you make it back to Edisto soon--as do I!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      I didn't read the book, but now I will... very good presentation! Thanks

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      Joan4 4 years ago

      I must agree - The Time Between captured me and held me captive until I was done - and then I wanted to start over. I was mad at myself for reading so fast. I will re-read and savor it.

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