Title: Between The Tides
Author: Patti Callahan Henry
Release Date: June 5, 2007
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Catherine Leary has avoided the town of Seaboro, South Carolina since her family left at the age of 12. Since then, she has lived in the college town where her father got a job – she herself went to college there and got a job at the university after graduation. But when Catherine’s father dies, his request is that she scatter his ashes in Seaboro. Unable to ignore his last wishes, Catherine returns to Seaboro to face the tragedy she left behind.
Between the Tides is a charming women’s fiction novel with a touch of that Southern quality that has been so popular lately in books. Patti Callahan Henry sets the atmosphere very carefully, ensuring that the setting of Seaboro is as crucial to the story as any of the characters or the plot twists. Seaboro, South Carolina comes alive for the reader through Patti Callahan Henry’s descriptions.
Catherine is definitely a troubled young woman when the novel begins. She has never been able to forgive herself for events from her past, and as a result, it has been holding her back for all these years. Emotions such as trust or love are foreign – she lives in a cocoon of numbness, ensuring she will never hurt or be hurt again. It’s gratifying to watch her return to Seaboro and face the ghosts of the past, crumbling the walls she has so carefully built around her.
Between the Tides was an enjoyable women’s fiction read. There are some wonderful themes running through the book – the importance hope and forgiveness, as well as the power of love. Fans of women’s fiction and Southern fiction will likely devour this book – I’m certainly going to be picking up more of Patti Callahan Henry’s novels in the future.