Book Review: The Time Between – Karen White

Title: The Time Between
Author: Karen White 
ISBN: 9780451239860
Pages: 352
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: NAL Hardcover
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Eleanor has spent her life atoning for the mistakes of her youth, for a accident that left her sister paralyzed. When her boss offers her the chance to make some extra money by caring for his elderly Hungarian aunt, she jumps at it. After all, it’s another way she can help out her family. But what Eleanor doesn’t know is that there are secrets in Aunt Helena’s past, ones that stretch all the way back to World War II, and Eleanor makes it her mission to force Helena to come to terms with what she’s been hiding before it’s too late.

Review:

The Time Between is a Southern novel that has atmosphere oozing out of every single page. White has a gorgeous writing style, and it’s certainly on display in this book. Her descriptions are vivid, and readers will be able to close their eyes and picture the settings perfectly. This novel has a wonderful sense of place, and readers will be transported from beginning to end.

Eleanor is a character that readers will really love in The Time Between. Her life is definitely a sad one. She’s made it her mission to sacrifice everything for her family, and though she feels deeply what she’s been missing, she tries to make the best of things. Readers will appreciate the importance she places on family, while also hoping she breaks away. Eleanor needs to learn to live for herself, rather than living for others.

As The Time Between progresses, White develops Aunt Helena’s storyline. Readers will take to this spitfire of an octogenarian immediately, as she pushes and pulls Eleanor’s buttons and strings. But Helena has had much sadness in her past, and the reader knows she must eventually face it. White works in World War II history quite well; it doesn’t feel jarring or out of place, even though a new element is introduced late in the story. It gives the novel some added depth, as the sense of history is rich.

Though The Time Between does move slowly, it’s a beautifully written novel with wonderfully developed characters. Even the secondary characters are well-written; White could easily have vilified Eleanor’s family, but she gives her sister, Eve, her own voice, and it’s satisfying to see things from her point of view. New readers and longtime fans of White’s work alike will likely appreciate this latest effort from beginning to end.

Other books by Karen White:

After the Rain
The Beach Trees
The Color of Light
Falling Home
The Lost Hours
Learning to Breathe
The Memory of Water
On Folly Beach
Pieces of the Heart
Sea Change
The House on Tradd Street
The Girl on Legare Street
The Strangers on Montagu Street

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