Are you looking for a good book to read this summer? Try The Time Between by Karen White

Title: The Time Between
Author: Karen White
Publisher: NAL
Published: June 4, 2013
Hardcover, 336 pages
ISBN: 978-0-451-23966-0
Genre: Fiction
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary: 
Thirty-four-year-old Eleanor Murray is consumed with guilt for causing the accident that paralyzed her sister—and for falling in love with her sister’s husband. But when her boss offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, Eleanor accepts, hoping this good deed will help atone for her mistakes.

On the barrier island of Edisto, Eleanor bonds with Helena over their mutual love of music. Drawing the older woman out of her depression, Eleanor learns of her life in Hungary, with her sister, before and during World War II. She hears tales of passion and heartache, defiance and dangerous deception. And when the truth of Helena and her sister’s actions comes to light, Eleanor may finally allow herself to move past guilt and to embrace the song that lies deep in her heart…

My thoughts:
The Time Between by Karen White is an intriguing story about forgiveness, love, and letting go. The point of view is told between two characters, Eleanor and Helena. These characters are thrown together and through a slow developing friendship the characters are able to heal the wounds of their past. Eleanor Murray is hired to look after Helena, her boss's aunt. Eleanor could use the escape and extra money this job will provide her. She didn't expect that this job would challenge her as much as it did. Helena is a cantankerousness old woman. She's grieving the loss of her sister, and her mood isn't very congenial. She doesn't like Eleanor at first, but through curiosity and a slow-moving friendship, these characters finally face the events that have been haunting them for years.

The Time Between is a great novel to add to your summer reading list. It has a little bit of everything in it: romance, mystery, drama. White explores the delicate love/hate relationship between sisters; the power of forgiveness, and the cost of holding on. Helena is a great character. She has got a lot of spunk to her. Although her attitude can be a bit juvenile at times, she still made me laugh. Eleanor is a character I had to warm up to. I had many mixed feelings about her, but in the end I really started to like her. There are a few sub-stories going on that intersect beautifully with this main story line. White did a great job examining the different relationships between the females in this book. I also love the historical elements that White includes in this book.

This is definitely what I would call a page turner. I was captivated by the story and interested in the plot until the very end.  I've only read one other book by Karen White, but so far I've enjoyed both books by this author. I enjoy her writing style and look forward to reading more of her books.
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Other books by Karen White:
The House on Tradd Street
On Folly Beach
The Lost Hours

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