From New York Times Bestselling author Kristen Ashley, comes the third and final book in her Magdalene series THE TIME IN BETWEEN. Check out Derna’s joint review below with the lovely Surj from The Hopeless Romantic Book Blog.
About THE TIME IN BETWEEN (Magdalene Series #3):
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?
Review: Surj & Derna
Surj: Kristen Ashley’s “The time In Between,” where do we even begin with this review? In terms of love stories, this has got to be up there with our all time favourites. I mean this author put so much heart, soul and passion into Coert and Cady’s story that we lived and breathed every single second of it from the first word to that epilogue that left us utterly speechless. Think “The Notebook” meets Hallmark movies meets every other book or movie that ripped your heart out, toyed with it and then very slowly pieced it back together bit by bit and you may get an inkling of how this book affected us.
“Eighteen years ago Coert and I fell together against all odds.
Then it ended. And neither of us got over it”.
Derna: Oh it definitely affected us. And let’s not forget that this was a second chance romance too and we absolutely love those.
So let’s talk Coert and Cady. Wow what a couple. Theirs was a love that was so deep that it had made it impossible for them to let go. They had so much history and not all of it good. There was a lot of pain, anger and unresolved questions between them and my heart ached for them during the first part of the book.
“Stick with me. Believe in me, Cady. Even if you don’t know what I’m asking”.
“I’m still gonna ask it. Don’t give up no matter what.”
Surj: Oh boy the first half of the book really did a number on us when it came to our emotions. That sense of utter devastation, tragedy and loss left us feeling so helpless when it came to the characters we very quickly came to grow and love, that lump in our throats ever present as we read what felt like a slow motion car crash unravel before our very eyes.
Derna: Our hearts went out to both characters but especially for Cady because wow, Coert was harsh at times. He delivered some low blows but luckily, when all was revealed, he really did redeem himself, pulling out all the stops and making up for lost time. We just love a man who isn’t afraid to admit to his mistakes.
Court felt his lips twitching. “Terminally in love?”
He heard the smile in her voice when she replied.
“Well, you kinda died for all women when you met her.”
Surj: For us “The Time In Between” was a book of two halves, the first half was about the past and unresolved issues but the second half was like all of our christmases coming all at once. We read a few reviews where readers felt that the book could and should have finished at the half way mark. For us, we were thrilled that we got more. So much more. So many times, we’ve read books where we’ve connected to the characters to such a degree that we’ve been desperate to know what happened to them after they got their HEA. Well, KA gave that to us. There were a few twists and turns because even the perfect of relationships are never plain sailing but we adored Coert and Cady making up for lost time.
Derna: Oh and that epilogue…. OMG we adored it. It was a long one which was full of detail and left us knowing what had happened to some of our favourite secondary characters too. And last but not least, rock chick fans like ourselves will be very happy as KA let’s us see what had been happening in their lives too. I love and miss the Rock Chick Ladies and their alpha men.
“He finally looked into her eyes. “I loved you and I made you live a hell.”
“I loved you and I was happy to be in that hell if you were there with me.”
Surj: This really was such a perfect ending to such an amazing series. We have loved every single book and are absolutely gutted our time in Magdalene has come to an end. Or has it???? No doubt we will rub shoulders with the town’s folk at some point in the future in another one of KA’s series. We can’t wait. “The Time In-between” really was an epic ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ read.
And don’t miss the first titles in the Magdalene Series!
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.
Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.