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Between Seasons

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  622 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Patrick Boyle dies in the fall of 1970, just days before he's due to report for the Vietnam War draft, which seems like a good thing until he realizes he's stuck in the house with no indication of when he'll be escorted to heaven. And after his parents leave the house, he's trapped without company -- until a mysterious woman who can channel his memories buys the house fort ...more
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Published October 30th 2011 (first published October 1st 2011)
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Wow. Rarely does a story grip me like this one did. From the first word to the last, I was riveted to the pages, my eyes glued to the words and my heart breaking and rejoicing for Patrick and Sara.

It's a ghost story at the core. Patrick Boyle, 19, on the cusp of his 20th birthday, a day from being drafted into the Vietnam war, gets up one morning, gets dressed and heads downstairs for breakfast, anticipating and salivating over his mother'
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It’s rare that you find a book like this. One that makes you laugh, cry and even ask the question “Is there life after death?” In it’s heart, Between Seasons is a ghost story. In it’s soul, it is so much more.

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Kristin (These Pretty Words)
Reviewed on These Pretty Words Nov 4th.

Descriptive. That’s the one word that comes to mind when I think of Aida’s debut novel – a touching tale of a nineteen year old young man who dies on the very first page. What comes after that almost disturbingly detailed account of a simple fall down a flight of stairs is a beautiful and unique look at life… and love… after death.

Patrick haunts his childhood home for decades, alone and isolated from the rest of the world… until the day Sara walks in the do
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Between Seasons (Aida Brassington)

In the Fall of 1970 Patrick Boyle dies right before he is to report for the Vietnam War draft. His parents are heartbroken over the loss of their only son, and move out of the house. Patrick is still there, he is stuck in the house, unable to leave, waiting to enter heaven, or the return of his parents.

Forty years later a beautiful young woman (Sara) buys the house. She has a troubled past and moved across the country to try to start a new life
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Amanda Lyons
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Between Seasons isn't going to be at all like you expect. Its not really a romance, not a traditional ghost story and not something you're going to expect to pull you in (its such a subtle little tale) but it really does!

Patrick died at the age of 19 in the year 1970 and he's been stuck in his house ever since. Lost and drifting in an abandoned house (His parents moved shortly after his death and there's been nothing but the occasional visit from the caretaker ever since.) with so few things he
Amy Lichtenhan
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked on Between Seasons from the very first page. How could I not be, when Ms. Brassington dives right into the descriptive fall and death of Patrick, a 19-year-old young man who is just on the verge of being shipped off to Vietnam. You can't help but fall in love with Patrick as he watches his parents reaction to his death, his confusion at being a ghost, and the heartbreaking fact that he's stuck in the same house he died in when his parents decide they can no longer live there after t ...more
Review by staff member Autumn:

It’s rare that you find a book like this. One that makes you laugh, cry and even ask the question “Is there life after death?” In it’s heart, Between Seasons is a ghost story. In it’s soul, it is so much more.
Patrick Boyle dies tragically when he’s nineteen and just about to be drafted into the Vietnam War. He watches as decades pass and wonders why he is not able to move on and his only company is the few possessions left from his life that he can almost actually
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I read this and I really really liked it I would give it a 4 1/2 stars if I could

the characters are so real which is not easy for a paranormal
the confusion of the ghost Patrick everything from his death to WHY he has not gone to heaven as he was told he would when he died he is just stuck there to seeing the things in our time after his 40 years alone is so neat and the details that go into this version of a ghost story are just so involved and interesting without being distracting
I fell in l
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Nineteen year old Patrick Boyle gets up one morning to the smells of his mothers pancakes and while rushing down the stairs trips and falls breaking his neck. Although they come and take away his body he stays behind. Distraught over losing her only child his mother convinces his father to move to a different state but she can't bring herself to sell the house. So Patrick, who can't leave the house, is by himself left to wonder why God hasn't taken him to heaven. The one day a young woman moves ...more
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: drama never called a book weird but sweet before...but I don’t know what else to call this one...

I like it but I’m not sure how much..

It is weird and I hate Jules and I kind of hate the ending to...I don’t like endings that are not 100% clear I don’t want to think for my self :-)

If I remember and interpret Patrick’s dreams right (view spoiler)
Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Oh my wow!! That was beautiful. I almost felt like I'm in the house with Patrick and Sara.

Aida's writing is very descriptive, touching and unique. The story is so heartbreaking throughout most of it and you so desperately want to help Patrick find a solution for his predicament. Then your focus moves to Sara, and her crazy, religiously fanatic and annoying as hell sister.

The story wraps up almost unexpectedly, but definitely doesn't leave you hanging.

Jennifer Barry
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could put 4.5 stars on here, because I really did love this story. There were a few places where I just wanted so much mooooore! I've learned there may be a sequel coming, and that could change my rating to the full 5 stars. I look forward to anything Aida Brassington releases in the future!
This book had some good aspects but the ending felt like she just wanted to finish it off. An awful lot of pokes at Catholicism - felt like someone who only had a small understanding and it went on and on and on throughout the book. Come on , just write your story already.
I was so excited to get this book. I got to read an exerpt when it was being written, and I was very much intrigued with the premise then.

I have to say first that I loved Patrick. He just might be one of my fave characters ever. He was so easy to 'know'. I really did feel like I knew him, and there were times that my heart purely ached for him. I felt so bad for his being trapped where he was, particularly when he would think about the fact that he could never have what he truly wanted with Sara
Kim (Bookishly Me)
The story starts of with Patrick's dead and Patrick trying to figure out why he's stuck in the house and not in Heaven like he's supposed to be. The real story starts when Sara comes and live in the house. Without knowing it Sara gives Patrick the feeling he isn't alone anymore and the fact that Sara talks to herself makes for some entertaining conversations between the two and Patrick starts to fall in love with her.

This is a sweet love story which made me laugh out loud and also made me sad a
This is an unusual ghost story that is beautifully written. Aida Brassington’s debut novel grabbed me from the first – it is 1970 and Patrick Boyle suffers a fatal accident. Ms. Brassington charmingly weaves some of the headlines, fads, and divisive politics of that turbulent decade into the young man’s story. I remember that time well, as I graduated from high school in 1971. I loved the little trips down memory lane; to see how Patrick, even as a ghost, remains shaped by the events of his life ...more
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Hello Everyone-

So my take on this book anyone else confused because i felt that the character Patrick was very well written the idea a ghost stuck normal meets a young women name Sara who can communicate and see him.(Normal- Perfectly normal here)
This is when the story goes cocokoo for coco-coco-puffs.The author then tries to intertwine another story within this story and then leaves her readers at the end scratching their heads because she never explained to the reader how the end be
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I won this book through Goodreads Firstreads.

In a word - WOW. I loved this book. I was so tempted to give it 5 stars, but I'm one of those annoying folk who just cant bring themselves to regard something as 'perfect' although this comes pretty close! I wish there was a 4.5 star option.

I found this story touching, haunting (no pun intended) and surprising fresh. I was expecting the standard paranormal romance which, don't get me wrong, I love. But this was different, it was magical and yet believ
Kathie (katmom)
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A ghost story, that I read on Halloween...

But I wasn't scared at was charming and I fell in love with Patrick.

He was nineteen and rushing down the stairs to get to his mom's pancakes when he tripped and broke his neck.

Poor Patrick waited for forty years to get to heaven because he was sure he wasn't going to Hell!

I wanted to hug him when his parents moved and left him in the lonely house. He can't get out, can only watch the seasons change.

Then a ray of sunshine comes into his life. Sar
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story draws you in from the first scene. Fascinating story about a boy who dies in his prime. I don't want to give away any spoilers. Pat is a 70's boy getting ready to sign up for the draft when a fall down the stairs ends his life. What happens next is the twist that isn't expected. Beautiful, well written and moving. A must read book!
Angel Lawson
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story! The mythology behind Patrick is interesting, different than most ghosts, and I enjoyed that we really had an idea of what he experienced from the second he dies throughout his experience in the house.

Aida writes a compelling story of two characters dealing with loss and family and how to love one another even when it's impossible.

I definitely recommend!
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gifted-to-mom
GAH! I want more! I'm so in love with Patrick and Sara. It helps to know a sequel is planned. Can't wait to know how the rest of their story unfolds.
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is "I want more"! Please tell me there will be another book.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Saluki

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead*

Between Seasons is the debut novel by Aida Brassington. I was able to read the first chapter of this book several months ago and immediately fell in love with the plot line. Patrick Boyle is one day away from reporting for his Army physical and getting shipped off to Vietnam. The smell of his mother’s pancakes draws him out of bed, and leads to an unfortunate tumble down the stairs. The fall is fatal, but Patrick isn’t swept up to the Pearly Ga
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's both exciting and challenging reading/reviewing something by someone you actually know and have had a glass of wine with :) So here goes. I'll try to be objective.

Writing gets a solid A from me. It's clean, crisp, and highly readable. There's enough description in there to get a feel for where you are and what's going on, but it's not overboard or so much that it's distracting from the plot. The dialogue sounds natural. The voice and narration works well for the story told. I love that it's
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another ghost story that simply wowed me. The second I picked this book, I had to fight myself to put it down so I can get things done. From the minute Patrick was getting ready to sign papers for the draft, to the minute he takes an unexpected fall which resulted in his death, the story sucked me in. Reading what he went through after the fall was what had me glued. As the story continues, Patrick keeps wondering when will God come and take him to Heaven. I felt every emotion he was feeling, hi ...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Patrick Boyle is 19 and his birthdate has come up in the Vietnam lottery. He is one day away from having to report for his physical before heading off to boot camp when he takes a tumble down the steps in his home and dies. That’s one way to get out of going to war. As he figures out that he’s really dead, Patrick then becomes confused as to why he’s still hanging out at home. Shouldn’t he be off to the great beyond? And
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
On the day before he was to report to the Army, in the fall of 1970, nineteen year old Patrick Doyle should have taken more care coming down those stairs. However, he was just really eager to taste his mother's pancakes. Little did he know that in fact he would never taste anything again. instead of winding up in the kitchen, he wound up with a broken neck at the foot of the stairs. Having been raised Catholic, once he realized he was dead, he figured the next thing he would see would be a white ...more
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Aida Brassington is an award winning writer who lives in the suburbs of Pennsylvania with her husband of five years and a Great Dane named Patrick.

She is a former political junkie with a deep interest in artisan food, reading, and scuba diving. She has never spent time in a mental institution but often questions her mental health.

Aida can be bribed with chocolate. Bribed into what? Well, that all