The Time Between

The Time Between

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New York Times bestselling author Karen White delivers a novel of two generations of sisters and secrets set in the stunning South Carolina Lowcountry.

Eleanor Murray will always remember her childhood on Edisto Island, where her late father, a local shrimper, shared her passion for music. Now her memories of him are all that tempers the guilt she feels over the accident that put her sister in a wheelchair--and the feelings she harbors for her sister's husband.

To help support her sister, Eleanor works at a Charleston investment firm during the day, but she escapes into her music, playing piano at a neighborhood bar. Until the night her enigmatic boss walks in and offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, back on Edisto. For Eleanor, it's a chance to revisit the place where she was her happiest--and to share her love of music with grieving Helena, whose sister recently died under mysterious circumstances.

An island lush with sweetgrass and salt marshes, Edisto has been a peaceful refuge for Helena, who escaped with her sister from war-torn Hungary in 1944. The sisters were well-known on the island, where they volunteered in their church and community. But now Eleanor will finally learn the truth about their past: secrets that will help heal her relationship with her own sister--and set Eleanor free....
Publisher: New York : New American Library, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780451239860
0451239865
Branch Call Number: WHI
Characteristics: viii, 336 pages

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Apr 07, 2014

*** stars Thirty-four-year-old Eleanor Murray is consumed with guilt for causing the accident that paralyzed her sister and for falling in love with her sister?s husband. But when her boss offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, Eleanor accepts, hoping this good deed will help atone for her mistakes. On the barrier island of Edisto, near Charleston, Eleanor slowly draws out the bitter and withdrawn Helena through their mutual love of music and of GiGi, her boss's daughter. Drawing the older woman out of her depression, Eleanor learns of her life in Hungary, with her sister, before and during World War II. She hears tales of passion and heartache, defiance and dangerous deception. And when the truth of Helena and her sister?s actions comes to light, Eleanor may finally allow herself to move past her own guilt. **** Very nice character development. Sometimes moves a little slowly in reaching the WWII history, some of which is telegraphed early on. The romance is predicable, but not a large part of the story line. Could have used some editing, but I mildly recommend the book.

mrsgail5756 Jun 18, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

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