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A stunning new novel of betrayal and forgiveness from The New York Times bestselling author.

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 w
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Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by NAL
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Trisha Good book, easy read. However, as a kayaker I was disturbed by the story of "kayaking" that was obviously canoes. Fact checking and editing, please?…moreGood book, easy read. However, as a kayaker I was disturbed by the story of "kayaking" that was obviously canoes. Fact checking and editing, please? :)
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Julie
The Time Between by Karen White is a 2013 NAL publication.

This is the first book by Karen White I’ve read that was not a part of the Tradd Street series. So, I had no idea what to expect, but I was pretty sure I was in for a real treat, and I was right!

This is an amazing story, so full of emotion and poignancy, my heart ached with grief,
but, was also filled with hope for the opportunity of second chances, stemming from acceptance and forgiveness.

Karen White has such a beautiful prose and wri
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Dale Harcombe
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘We all make choices… And if it doesn’t work out the way we wanted it to, we can spend a lifetime blaming ourselves or blaming others. Either way, we’ve spent a lifetime blaming instead if a lifetime doing other things.’ This is a quote from one of the characters from whose point of view this story is told. There are three of them. Eleanor, her older sister, Eve and Helena, the elderly woman Eleanor is companion to. Each voice is clearly labelled so the reader always knows where they are. This m ...more
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The Time Between Pianos, beaches, mansions, guilt, accidents, decisions, grief, love, secrets and children who didn't know each other as children but knew each other now as adults. Eleanor was the cause of her sister's paralyzing accident when they were children, and her mother never let her forget it.  Eleanor was made to work and take care of her sister Eve.  Eleanor seemed to be at the beck and call of every family member and did not think of herself or think of her own happiness.  Eve seemed ...more
Nancy
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what to expect with this book and I'd written it off until I saw the rave reviews. Not that I always agree with rave reviews but this time I did. I just didn't like the book description about a woman who feels guilty about paralyzing her sister then she holds a flame for her sister's husband then takes care of an old woman. How depressing. Obviously there was much more.

The book is told by different points of view and slowly reveals the way we punish ourselves for decisions we made
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Pamela
"We live, we love. These are the choices we are given, to open doors, or to close them. It is all we are given, and it is enough."

Two sets of sisters, decades apart, but so very similar in so many ways. They carry the burden of guilt for the choices made, actions taken, and remorse in the aftermath. They are tenacious, culturally astute, sometimes manipulative, fiercely loyal, deeply affecting.

"Things do not always work out as we have planned, do they? Sometimes the hardest thing is not to just
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Tammy
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great reflective book to read. We all have secrets that we desperately try to keep within us, that somehow seem to alter the decisions we make in our lives. To quote the book, " There is how we were before, and how we are now, and the time between is spent choosing which doors to open, and which to close."
This book takes place on Edisto Island, in South Carolina, where White adds some of the Gheechee lore into her story. White has intertwined a group of characters that seem unlikely t
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Jessica
Jul 20, 2013 marked it as quickly-abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read the first ten pages of this on my disaster commute, and I've already made this face:



It has such good reviews I feel I have to keep going but why is the husband not taking care of Eve? Why is everybody being so mean to the main character? Why are these people already pissing me off so much?

It's possible I was just bitter because I was the only one on the extra crowded Green Line willing to give up my seat for the pregnant lady and I can't read while standing up -- precious reading time, go
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Connie
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-reads, 2013
Another book that makes Karen White one of my favorite authors. This story combines the past and the present effortlessly, and shows that when you are full of secrets and guilt you become someone you no longer recognize when you look in the mirror. Letting go often is hard but lets us return to our true selves.
This story was told from several view points, and I was not a big fan of switching between them, but do understand it may have been the best way to get this story told. White has a flai
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Heidi
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars: A poignant tale of sisters, love, loss and forgiveness.

Eleanor lost her passion for life fourteen years ago when she dared her sister to climb a tree, resulting in a fall and paralysis. Now, Eleanor feels it is her lot in life to help care for her disabled sister. Twice in her life disaster struck, the other being when her father died. Thus, Eleanor has forgotten about living and passion and feeling her music. That all changes the night she runs into her boss at the local
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Pamela
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
4.5 stars. This is a story that addresses feelings, choices and healing. At first, I wasn't really sure how I felt about Eleanor and Eve, but all of the characters grew on me. I adored Gigi and felt her joy of life. I really liked the friendly antagonistic battle between Helena and Eleanor, I thought it really showed how they were learning to care for each other. It was very sad reading Helena's story, but healing too. Another good one by Ms. White.
Mel
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I've read by this author. I'm going to give her another try after this. She has a book that looks promising. The Time Between is melodramatic. It's predictable. Her descriptions are repetitious. That was one of my problems with the first book I read of hers. If I had to read about Finns grey assessing eyes one more time... I don't know. Or the fact that his daughter liked pink. Too much. As a reader, you obviously want the book to be as descriptive as possible. So you can ...more
Heather L
This was a very sweet and loving story, albeit tragic and sad. I have come to enjoy Karen's writing. I appreciate the way she has POV's from the various women in her novels. It really allows the reader to get into the mindset of the character. This story was mostly about sisters and the bonds, secrets, and sacrifices they make in their lives. I admit that because I did not grow up with any siblings, the story did not affect me the way it might have with others. But the part that touches on Hunga ...more
Tina Woodbury
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a story of sisters, forgiveness, and a little bit of mystery.

Eleanor’s life revolves around taking care of her mother (Dianne), sister (Eve), and Glenn, her sister’s husband. She cooks, cleans, and does everything else in between. Eleanor works during the day at Beaufain & Associates and at night plays the piano at a local bar, all in the name of making ends meet. Her boss (Finn) at Beaufain & Associates approaches he
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Jencey/
What wisdom can be gained by learning from our past? The Time Between is a novel by Karen White and published by Penguin. This novel was reviewed by Josephine Mattia for Writer’s Corner. The story is told from three different points of view, by three women. Each one has something to hide, but will they have the courage to let go and move forward?
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Eleanor and Eve are sisters and have grown up on Edisto Island near Charleston South Carolina. When the girls were young a terrible accident
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Annette
This was a good book and i really give it three and a half stars. The storyline was interesting. The characters were uneven is the way I would describe them. I wanted to know more about some, and less about others. Sometimes I felt there were important background information about the characters that was never explained fully.
That said, I felt like the descriptions became so flowery at times that I began skimming parts to avoid the over zealous descriptions. Now, don't get me wrong, I love a go
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Kim Boykin
Do yourself a kindness and read The Time Between, and when you do, take time to savor the language, the crisp well-drawn people who are too real to be called characters. I found myself reading and re reading passages that are both captivating and raw with emotion and truth. This story of sisterhood, of love and betrayal broke my heart one minute and had me laughing and cheering the next. Truly exquisite language, delicious sexual tension, and so many dark secrets make this is truly White's best ...more
Paige
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read a Karen White book, I think there is no way I can love this one more than the last one. But once again, I am proven wrong. I loved this book about forgiveness and trying to atone for one's past choices. Eleanor, Helena, Finn, and even Eve all keep secrets because they want to try to protect the ones they love....but it is holding on to those secrets that keeps them from living. This book tells their stories of forgiveness and letting go and in doing that, they find peace and lo ...more
Nancy
An absorbing story .. narrated by two sisters and great aunt Helena.
Setting: South Carolina
I am still bugged that we never found out precisely the nature of Finn’s business !
Very nuanced.. a tale told in scenes.. not my preferred style.. but this worked fairly well.
This is the second book I have read by Karen White.
Ginger
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book I've read by this author and I enjoyed this one just as much as the first.
There were some historical elements interwoven within the story, which I found interesting.
This one had a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, as well as broken family relationships. I laughed, cheered, and even cried while reading. Great book!
Jenny
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About sisters, love, loss, forgiveness and second chances. Set in South Carolina. I enjoyed the author's writing style, descriptions and storytelling. I cried more than a few tears. Made me miss my dad, too.
Marcie
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Time Between by Karen White is an intriguing story about forgiveness, love, and letting go. The point of view is told between two characters, Eleanor and Helena. These characters are thrown together and through a slow developing friendship the characters are able to heal the wounds of their past. Eleanor Murray is hired to look after Helena, her boss's aunt. Eleanor could use the escape and extra money this job will provide her. She didn't expect that this job would challenge her as much as ...more
Margaret
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Finn Beaufain, Eleanor's boss needs a caretaker for his elderly Great-aunt Helena. Helena lives on Edisto Island, Eleanor's childhood home. The place where she was happiest...before the accident that nearly took her life and that caused her sister to be wheelchair bound. The accident that she, Eleanor, caused. The accident that, in spite of her sister's being married, has made Eleanor her sister's keeper.

Helena had a sister until recently. Her sister's death in the home that they shared was sudd
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Joanna
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on Goodreads giveaway and thank you for introducing me to a very good author ! This book is amazing !Beautiful story and it has a piece of history in it .Will stay with me for a long time.I fell in love with the characters from the beginning of this book.Love between sisters and the secrets they hide from each other to protect them..I would recommend this book to any one who likes Jodi Picoult books and Diane Chamberlain .It is just a great read with a great story .Thank You for ...more
Liselle
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book 10 stars if I could. It had everything I love in a book - wonderful characters, a quick pace that kept me enthralled, and much more to the story than the book jacket led me to believe. I can't wait to read more of Karen White's books!
Sue
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was wonderful, just enough Southern charm and romance with just a little bit of supernatural.
megan
Dec 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf, 2016
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Gin Tadvick
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. The Holocaust and WWII based stories have always been my kind of "thing". But this book has a new twist on it and I didn't want to put the book down. Karen White - GREAT BOOK.
Nancy
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
Natalie
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
What a heart warming book! The type of book to give me the warm fuzzies, I knew I would enjoy this book from the very first paragraph- and I did. Every page was a masterpiece and I loved every second.
Gina
Goodreads Description- 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, Eleanor bonds with Helena over their mutual love of music. Drawing the older woman out of her depression, Eleanor learns of her l
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With more than 1.8 million books in print in eight different languages, Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 23 novels, including the popular Charleston-set Tradd Street mystery series.

Raised in a house full of brothers, Karen’s love of books and strong female characters first began in the third grade when the local librarian issued her a library card and placed The
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were before, and how we are now, and the time between is spent choosing
which doors to open, and which to close.”
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