Series: Magdalene #3
Published by Self-Published on 08/29/2017
After a painful loss, Cady Moreland is coming to Magdalene to start the next chapter of her life. A chapter that began eighteen years ago but had a heartbreaking ending. The time in between was full of family and friendship, but Cady could never get the man she fell in love with all those years ago out of her heart.
Coert Yeager has learned to live without the girl who entered his life right when she shouldn’t and exited delivering a crippling blow he never would have suspected. The time in between was full of failing to find what he was missing…and life-altering betrayal.
But when that girl shows up in Magdalene and buys the town’s beloved lighthouse, even if Coert wants to avoid her, he can’t. A fire in town sparks a different kind of flame that won’t be ignored.
As Cady and Coert question the actions of the two young adults they once were thrown into earth-shattering circumstances, can they learn from what came in between and find each other again?
I’m a huge fan of Kristen Ashley. I’m a huge fan of her heroes, her heroines, the emotion she can evoke with even the simplest of words, and her writing style, though that admittedly took some time to get used to. I love just about everything she writes, but I especially love a good second chance romance.
She was the one then and nothing changed in the time in between.
The Time in Between got me right in the feels. Cady’s life was anything but easy, and there was a lot of emotion that revolved around those experiences. Her story with Coert was anything but perfect for a long time, and most of the emotion revolved around that. Coert also didn’t have it easy, living a life where he was never truly happy. Basically, I was kind of emotional about everything.
“All her life, she never belonged anywhere. Not anywhere. Not with her family, who didn’t allow her to belong. Not her real family, my family, who wants her to belong. The only time she ever belonged to anything, to anyone, was when she belonged to you.”
I loved everything about this book. Kristen Ashley does a fantastic job writing her main characters, but I think she also does a stellar job cultivating her supporting characters. Even on the periphery, they have so much depth and color. This book was no exception.
If you’ve tried reading Kristen Ashley before, you know her writing style is very different. And in many cases, for some, it just doesn’t work. The dialogue, especially, can be difficult for some to acclimate to or even connect with. But it is much more prominent in some books than others, and if you’ve tried other books or series and they didn’t work for you, I urge you to try the Magdalene series. While it’s still present, it’s much more subdued and I think these would make a nice transition into some of her other books.
I, personally, love the way she writes. Like I said, it took me a while to get used to it, but there’s something about it that allows her to convey so much emotion and feeling using very few words. I find such beauty in that.