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?
4 Star Review by Ashley
Well slap me sideways, I now get it. The Time In Between is my first ever Kristen Ashley book and holy mother of pearl! This book had every single thing this romance reader could want. There was heartbreak and danger, fear and forgiveness, hope and family, trials and love. Throw some small town underhandedness and scheming into the mix and it was a story I got swept away in.
There was just something about Cady that made it impossible to not root for her. She was kind and gracious down to her soul but in no means a push over. She was resilient and determined to make the life she wanted for herself, on her terms. And that meant trying to make things right with her biggest regret, Coert.
Can you say broody? How about serious? That's what he was when Cady came rolling back into his life. But under the stony facade was a man who had loved and lost and was still reeling from years of hurt. I liked that while he hardened his heart, that his daughter was his soft spot. That was until a blast from the past came calling and put Coert's world at risk. This brought out all of his protective instincts, even when it came to Cady. The tricky situation forced them together in a way neither one of them really wanted but needed. It was the catalyst for what would be the biggest and best change in them both.
While The Time in Between was long (like took me about a week to read long) it was full of so much goodness that I really didn't mind that much. I loved that Kristen Ashley gave me characters who had lived life. Who had experienced joy and suffered so that they could appreciate the small moments. Those quiet moments is what really made this book. From hand holding to dog cuddling to redefining paradise, Coert and Cady's journey is what romance dreams are made of.
About the Author
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.
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