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Following tragic events, from which Julie ODale believes she and her husband, Ian, will never recover, Julie buys into Ians dream to give up their comfortable city lives and retreat to the Chilcotin area of British Columbia. Along with a team of draft horses, four cow ponies, and the range cattle, which are included in the purchase of the remote six-hundred-acre ranch, ...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published February 3rd 2014 by Caitlin Press
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Julia
Oct 21, 2014 Julia rated it it was amazing
I was not surprised to have loved this book. Donna Milner has become one of my favourite authors. She writes of family drama. This one takes place in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia. Ian and Julie, a married couple have just lost their daughter, their only child in an auto accident. Their grief and pain doesn't allow them to speak her name between them. They purchase a ranch in a very rural setting, away from town and away from people that would remind them of their daughter.

It is heart
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Xian Xian
Mar 26, 2014 Xian Xian rated it really liked it
Here is a novel that I received for review by Caitlin Press. This review will also be on the blog tour for this novel, so welcome aboard! I will put the synopsis here, then I will talk about it because this is what this is for:

Following tragic events, from which Julie ODale believes she and her husband, Ian, will never recover, Julie buys into Ians dream to give up their comfortable city lives and retreat to the Chilcotin area of British Columbia. Along with a team of draft horses, four cow poni
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Story Circle Book Reviews
Mar 26, 2014 Story Circle Book Reviews rated it really liked it
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A conversation at Tim Horton's (a coffee shop) begins the story of a couple looking to buy a ranch in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia. Then the landscape takes over and the first chapter becomes a beautiful description of the expanse of land. It helps to ground readers in place and introduces one of the forms of silence explored in Somewhere In-Between. This particular silence is an appreciation of the surroundings: the old-growth forest, the willow-lined creek and "a haze of coastal ...more
Jackie
Mar 16, 2014 Jackie rated it really liked it
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You really cannot say much about this book because the pleasure is experiencing the tension, the heartbreak and putting the pieces together as you read! All I can say is: Get it! Read it!
Joanne
Apr 06, 2014 Joanne rated it it was amazing
What an exquisite book this is. The story of a couple (Julie and Ian) torn apart by the tragic sudden death of their only child, it combines a beautiful natural portrait of Chilcotin ranch country, a certain mysticism about the afterlife, and piercingly poignant insights into the pain that humans carry around in them.

The descriptions of the physical beauty of Chilcotin country are so exact, so gorgeous that I wanted to drive up there tomorrow. You can smell the fresh air, hear the wind in the t
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BarbieGoneBad
Oct 21, 2014 BarbieGoneBad rated it liked it
I bought this book based on the high ratings, but have to say the book was somewhat of a letdown. What frustrated me was the first half of the book dwelling on the grieving mother, Julie. By the middle of the book, I was so sick of Julie's nonstop brooding, self-pity, and self obsession with her grief. I appreciate the grief this mother would have gone through but felt the author went on ad nauseum about it. What carries the book is the ranch's tenant, Virgil Blue, a fascinating character - an ...more
Vicki
Jul 02, 2014 Vicki rated it it was amazing
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Canadian author Donna Milner novel "Somewhere In-Between" is a story following the tragic events, from which Julie O'Dale believes she and her husband Ian, will never recover. Julie buys into Ian's dream to give up their comfortable city lives and move to the Chilcotin area of British Columbia. Both Julie and Ian struggle with their deteriorating marriage and the individual guilt and sorrow to try to run away from the reality they have come to contend in the wilderness at their home and with ...more
Sarah Boon
Apr 16, 2014 Sarah Boon rated it liked it
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I won this book from a Caitlin Press giveaway, and was pretty happy about it because I love reading books set in Canada. This one is set in the Cariboo country of northern BC, and it evokes that landscape and culture really well (having lived there for several years I had firsthand knowledge of the area).

The story itself is a bit light and fluffy. Easy reading for a summer afternoon at the lake or a rainy day inside. The characters were generally believable, and their personal struggles are enga
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Di
Jul 09, 2014 Di rated it really liked it
This is a story about a couple struggling with grief. The setting is a ranch in the Chilcotin area of BC. Very descriptive. I felt empathy towards the couple and was glad that there was a glimmer of light at the end.
Corry
Apr 09, 2014 Corry rated it really liked it

Move over Jodi Picoult, I think Donna Milner surpasses you with this family-drama story. I loved the voice of the daughter who's in the "in-between" phase and sees how mom and dad struggle with the loss of their only daughter and come to terms in the end. Excellent book
Gerry
Feb 05, 2015 Gerry rated it liked it
Interesting story about lives upended by personal tragedy & how we find our way back to fuller life. In the background, the lush & dangerous Chilcotin landscape offers the opportunity to grow or die.
Julie Brown
Sep 15, 2014 Julie Brown rated it really liked it
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Devastatingly sad, but hopeful. A story of love and loss, letting go and finding your way back again.
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Donna Jonas Milner, who has been referred to as the, 'Oh, so Canadian author,' was born in Victoria British Columbia and grew up in South Vancouver. As a young woman she relocated to a small town in the West Kootenays where she married and started a family. In 1972 she settled in the central interior of British Columbia and has resided there since. It wasn't until after she had raised four ...more
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