I finally read it! The Time In Between came with me on my honeymoon and it was the perfect read for that exact moment in my life.
That said, this will not go down in history as my favorite KA book. But hey, it won’t go down in history as my least favorite KA book either!
Here’s your synopsis, care of Amazon:
The Time In Between
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
The first half of this book is on point! Classic KA that keeps you swooning while delivering gut-wrenching emotional blows that will make you swear off angst forever whilst still craving the next stomach-dropping, angsty tick mark.
Here are the three absolute BEST things about The Time In Between:
- The supporting cast. I mean, this is a Kristen Ashley novel so was there ever any doubt? There shouldn’t have been. Because once again, the secondary characters of this novel will steal your heart. Coert’s daughter is a pint-sized little heart thief, all her own. Yet still, you have the returning characters from the other Magdalene books which you already love. On top of that, Cady comes with this amazing adoptive family, a charming and protective tenant, and a dog that just… well she’s a dog, enough said.
- Kristen Ashley dodged a major bullet cliche. Coert has been busy in ‘the time in between’ (see what I did there?) and the result was having a daughter with another woman. Yes, he was deceived into fathering that child. Yes, it would have been very easy for KA to allow the reader to hate his baby momma. It would also have disappointed me if that was the case. Instead, Baby Momma is actually on the road of personality recovery, so to speak. She is trying really hard to let go of the past and her control of Coert and be a better person. As such, she’s lovely.
- Rock Chicks. What? ROCK CHICKS! They’re in the book. Well, a few of them are in the book. Indy, Roxie, and Ally appear toward the end of the book. Turns out Coert’s time undercover was spent as a coworker of Indy’s and Ally’s dads! So there’s this dinner scene and those of us still pining away for our Rock Chicks get another really good hit!
Now, unfortunately, I have to justify why this book is just a 4 star read for me and not the typical Kristen “5-Star” Ashley book that most turn out to be.
After our beloved Cady and Coert heal their broken hearts and basically both get over themselves, there is no more conflict. It is smooth sailing for these two. And yes, maybe that’s exactly what they deserve given their rather rocky beginning. But, a conflict-free story does not a good book make! As readers of KA, we’re conditioned to expect spur of the moment conflict up to the last chapter of her books. Yet in this one, it never came. Sure, there’s crap to resolve with Cady’s real brother, but that’s not something that ever jeopardizes her relationship with Coert, or either of their lives, or their future livelihood in general. That’s just life stuff. And I can’t remember the last time I was given ‘just life stuff’ from KA.
Again, if you’re Cady and Coert, that is NOT a bad thing. But in my video, I describe this book as the sweetest book I’ve ever read and basically, that is why. It is all sweet. Once you’ve gotten through the first third, you’re going to want to reach for the phone and get scheduled for the dentist because toothaches are imminent! And yes, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, in a book anyway.