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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The In-Between Hour by Barbara Claypole White - Book Review and Tour Stop

About The Book:

What could be worse than losing your child? Having to pretend he’s still alive…

Bestselling author Will Shepard is caught in the twilight of grief, after his young son dies in a car accident. But when his father’s aging mind erases the memory, Will rewrites the truth. The story he spins brings unexpected relief…until he’s forced to return to rural North Carolina, trapping himself in a lie.

Holistic veterinarian Hannah Linden is a healer who opens her heart to strays but can only watch, powerless, as her grown son struggles with inner demons. When she rents her guest cottage to Will and his dad, she finds solace in trying to mend their broken world, even while her own shatters.

As their lives connect and collide, Will and Hannah become each other’s only hope—if they can find their way into a new story, one that begins with love.

My Thoughts:

I have been a fan of Barbara Claypole White's writing since I read her previous book, the brilliant "The Unfinished Garden."  So I looked forward to her new book, "The In-Between Hour" with great anticipation - and I was not disappointed one bit!

This novel, revolving around two families and their ongoing dramas, is written in many voices, but all circle back to the main theme of the sustaining love of family through troubled times.

There are so many subjects addressed in this story - loss of a child, loss of a parent to Alzeheimer's, loss of self, family relationships, personal relationships, and how patience and love can help heal all of these very trying situations. There are tears and tragedy, rebellion and romance, and surprisingly a light touch of humor sprinkled here and there - making this tale one that draws the reader in and keeps them invested in the outcome.

White proves once again her mastery of storytelling with this heart-wrenching, and yet heartwarming novel. Fans of contemporary women's fiction and family relationships will find this novel to be a satisfying and memorable read.  I highly recommend it!

About The Author:

Barbara Claypole White writes and gardens in the forests of North Carolina. English born and educated, she’s married to an internationally-acclaimed academic. Their son, an award-winning poet / musician, attends college in the Midwest. His battles with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have inspired her to write love stories about damaged people. The Unfinished Garden, Barbara’s debut novel, won the 2013 Golden Quill for Best First Book. The In-Between Hour is her second novel.

Connect with Barbara on her website www.barbaraclaypolewhite.com, Facebook, or Twitter @bclaypolewhite.

Barbara’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, December 31st: bookchickdi
Thursday, January 2nd: Bibliotica
Monday, January 6th: cupcake’s book cupboard
Tuesday, January 7th: Kritters Ramblings
Wednesday, January 8th: Tina’s Book Reviews
Thursday, January 9th: Chronicles …
Tuesday, January 14th: Becca Rowan
Wednesday, January 15th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, January 17th: Peeking Between the Pages
Friday, January 17th: Not in Jersey
Monday, January 20th: Staircase Wit
Tuesday, January 21st: Sweet Tea and Lollipops
Wednesday, January 22nd: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Friday, January 24th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Monday, January 27th: As I turn the pages
Tuesday, January 28th: Book Journey
Wednesday, January 29th: Found Between the Covers
Thursday, January 30th: Good Girl Gone Redneck

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to Barbara for providing the review copy of her book.

I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Mary (Bookfan) said...

So glad you liked this. I liked The Unfinished Garden and will add the In-Between Hour to my list.

Barbara Claypole White said...

Thank you, Sharon and Mary! I'm visiting an out-of-town book club (to talk about THE UNFINISHED GARDEN) and having a horrible time with Internet access. xox

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!