Book Review: Between the Tides – Patti Callahan Henry

Title: Between The Tides
Author: Patti Callahan Henry
ISBN: 9780451221148
Pages: 324
Release Date: June 5, 2007
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

Comments

  1. I’ve read a couple of PCH’s books and really liked them. Adding this title to my tbr list. Nice review!

  2. I’ve read a couple of PCH’s books and really liked them. Adding this title to my tbr list. Nice review!

  3. I wouldn’t need much arm twisting to read anything with a setting in the Carolinas. I love it up there – it has so much atmosphere, especially once you get close to the water. Sounds like a good read. (Is it me, or have we been seeing alot of legs and water on the cover of books recently???)

  4. I wouldn’t need much arm twisting to read anything with a setting in the Carolinas. I love it up there – it has so much atmosphere, especially once you get close to the water. Sounds like a good read. (Is it me, or have we been seeing alot of legs and water on the cover of books recently???)

  5. I need to read this for my Literary Road Trip through South Carolina! It sounds great!

  6. I need to read this for my Literary Road Trip through South Carolina! It sounds great!

  7. “the importance hope and forgiveness, as well as the power of love” -sounds beautiful 🙂

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  8. “the importance hope and forgiveness, as well as the power of love” -sounds beautiful 🙂

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  9. I like the South Carolina setting too, but I bet this book wouldn’t be a great match for me.

  10. I like the South Carolina setting too, but I bet this book wouldn’t be a great match for me.

  11. This sounds like a lovely read!

  12. This sounds like a lovely read!

  13. I am starting to become a bigger fan of women’s fiction, though I have not read anything set in the South. I might really like this book. It sounds like it’s a very engaging read. Thanks for the great review, I will have to add this to my list!

  14. I am starting to become a bigger fan of women’s fiction, though I have not read anything set in the South. I might really like this book. It sounds like it’s a very engaging read. Thanks for the great review, I will have to add this to my list!

  15. i LOVED this book too! I got it from Jill 🙂

  16. i LOVED this book too! I got it from Jill 🙂

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