“She was the one then and nothing changed in the time in between.”
✮✮✮A story of past decisions gone awry, secrets that change directions, and emotional second chances, this gripping love story is what happens when two paths again collide. The final standalone title in New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley’s Magdalene Series, THE TIME IN BETWEEN is a rich, heartfelt love story available now! ✮✮✮
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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?
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They wanted me home.
“If you need to find your way, you should do it with your family.”
They weren’t my family.
They were Patrick’s.
“You know I love you,” I said softly.
“Yes, I know. And Kath knows. Verity. Dex. I could go on but I won’t. What I’ll do is say we love you too. Dad’s gone and we all lost him. We all miss him. And trust me, because we’re all here and you’re there, I know it’s easier to grieve when you’re with family.”
“To get back to our original discussion,” I changed the subject badly, “Kath has my power of attorney. If the house sells—”
“If the house sells,” Pat interrupted me, “then the stuff in it needs to be auctioned off.”
“And I went through everything with Kath, Pam and Shannon before I left, so they know everything that I haven’t put aside is good to go.”
“I think with this break, you should come home and have another look. Kath tells me you barely put anything aside.”
“None of it, as you know, is Patrick.”
Again he said nothing but this time he stuck with that.
“I’m doing what your father wanted, Pat,” I reminded him.
“I’m not sure he was in his right mind when he shared what he wanted, Cady,” Pat returned.
“You know that isn’t true,” I chided gently. “You know he’d been planning this for years.”
And again, Pat was silent.
“I need to do this, Pat. For your dad.”
“If the place sells, you need to come home.”
“Kath has my power—”
“When we say goodbye to that house, Cady, we’ll want you home.”
It was my turn to be silent.
“Are we agreed on that?” he asked.
“Yes,” I whispered.
“Good,” he said and it sounded almost like a grunt.
I nearly grinned.
Instead I took another sip of wine.
“I’ll keep you informed with how the sale is going,” he promised.
“Thanks, sweetheart,” I replied.
“And Kath wouldn’t mind hearing from you,” he shared with me.
That surprised me.
“I called her just yesterday.”
“She’s used to talking to you every day, and seeing you nearly every day. So maybe think on that.”
I closed my eyes.
We were thick as thieves, Kath and me. Pam and me. Heck, Shannon was my third best friend.
The rest of the family would miss me. But it would hit Kath, Pam and Shannon hard, and I knew this because if any of them went away, I’d be devastated.
And I was because I was going away.
I just couldn’t think about that.
“I’ll give her a call a bit later,” I told him.
“Okay, then, I have a camembert bleeding here and—”
“I know you’re going to see him.”
I shut my mouth.
“I know you’re going to try to see them and I’ll just put my two cents in here to say neither of them is worth it, Cady. They both turned their backs on you. That one, that cop, what he did to you—”
I closed my eyes again and whispered, “Please.”
“They don’t deserve to know you, honey. They don’t deserve to have your light in their lives. I don’t know what Dad was thinking and I loved my father. The whole world feels strange without him in it because he was such a big part of mine. But he’s wrong about this. I feel it in my bones.”
“It’s beautiful here,” I said quietly, opening my eyes and staring into the fire.
“Peaceful,” I told him.
“I know that too.”
“I need to do what he wanted me to do, Pat.”
KA pure gold – The Time In Between was such an emotional, beautifully told journey that this is definitely on my Top Five of 2017. Readers know that when KA gives us magic, it’s more than just a story, it touches the reader significantly so much that the story becomes reality and sticks with the soul for a lifetime.
I’m keeping this one as spoiler-free as possible because you MUST go thru this oblivious. You need to FEEL the story and all the emotions that come with it. Curiosity, confusion, anger, acceptance, hope and happiness are just a few I felt throughout this book . Coert and Cady make the perfect h/h with a romance that has lasted nearly twenty years. I’m not the biggest fan on second-chance romances but KA does it right with giving us enough about the past but focuses more in the present.
We do get to visit with some of our favorites from another series (cough…they live in Denver…cough) along with couples from the previous books in the Magdeline series. You know how KA rolls! The epilogue was pure perfection, as always!
I need to get off my chest the rant rolling about in my mind (and my 1/2 star demotion of a beloved KA-book). In real life, people screw up. In real life, they are stubborn and let true love slip through their fingers. In real life, those that love them watch them ghost through life and age without a love of their own. BUT…and this is a big but…I want fantasy from my romance. In the vain of Sylvia and Creed, Millie and High, and even Lee and Indy…it really drives me made when the Hero denies his ‘one’ and even moves on (and even rings other women) only to finally figure his shit out some 10, 15, or even 20 years later. I don’t like that part, Sam I am…I do not like my H and h apart.
Not really a spoiler…but Patrick was Cady’s salvation from the vortex she and Coert created…Long story (about 20% of the book), we learn just how amazing Patrick was. That said, I also would have loved a letter from Patrick explaining exactly why he allowed those 15-18 yrs to go on and on and on…I get that he wanted Coert to deserve Cady and come crawling back. But seriously, why wouldn’t he have left it for a year or two and then hauled Coert into his office and laid him straight. That one niggly point just kept poking at my brain and it seemed out of character for Patrick to not have intervened. Literally…Cady’s best years slipped by, albeit they were filled with more family and honest to goodness love than she had ever known…but come on.
When the flashbacks stopped and Present was at the header of each chapter…oh…momma she like!!! Cady put herself out there. She let herself be vulnerable. Coert, being Coert was an A-hole, stubborn and also an over-protective sweetheart-jerk. I loved their dance. The time in between their first time together and the now all passes away and they are just two destined souls finding home. I loved how right it was and how natural and organic. This is what Kit does best…writes, weaves, wanders in and out of hearts, love, promises and futures with such beauty and ease.
The cameos were great and made this story a fully fleshed finale. Previous Madgalene characters of course came out to play with my faves ‘The Truck’ and Mickey (fans self) making hottie-alert appearances. Old Denver peeps popped in and out, but it was the smattering of new people pushing the story that captured me. I couldn’t wait to hear what Kathy, Pat and even Mike would say next…as Cady’s family, they loved her, cared for her, and held nothing back in their protection of her. Ohhh, and kids. There were lots of kids and they played important roles in revealing character, but also entertainment. So glad we got to see them especially Cady’s oldest niece Verity. Their relationship really cemented Cady’s character and her devotion to her family. I could almost understand why she choose to stay away from Coert for long to care and love the others.
Great end to this series and as always…looking forward to new from Kristen Ashley!
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About Kristen Ashley:
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.