The Time Between By Karen White
The Time Between by Karen White
The Time Between by Karen White
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!
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
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
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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 WhitePhoto Credit: Compliments of Karen White
Author Karen White's Website - A wonderful website
- Karen White, New York Times Best Selling Author: Official Website
There is even a contest you can enter! I did!
- Southern Writers Magazine
Yippee for Karen White! The cover to this magazine looks great in July
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