WHY I READ IT
Coert’s background has always been interesting to me. I’ve been waiting for his story since The Will.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT ITS ABOUT
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?
You would think after reading every single Kristen Ashley book published (multiple times), the story lines would start to become complacent. That was not the case with her latest. The Time in Between combines a few story lines we’ve seen in past books, but gives them their own fresh spin. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Cady and Coert, and once I started, I never wanted their story to end.
Second chance romance is one of my favorite tropes, and no one does it better than Ashley. She manages to tell a story from the past, while keeping the present flowing with such ease. I never once felt like the story wasn’t moving forward at all times, or that we were stuck in the past. Twenty years ago Cady and Coert had to deal with some seriously heavy situations. It’s no surprise it tore them to shreds, leaving heartache in the wake.
You know just how deeply you care for the characters when the author manages to bring you to tears multiple times. My heart broke and my breath hitched time and time again. More than once, I had to put the book down and give my eyes a moment to clear so I could continue reading. Ashley brings every emotion out of you so beautifully. You go from laughing to crying within the same paragraph. This book was chock-full of emotional moments.
Cady was such an amazing character, I think she just might be the best one Ashley has written thus far…and that’s saying something. Cady is a true martyr for all the right reasons. When her life with Coert goes up in flames, she never blames him. Not once. She just accepts the situation for what it is. That does not mean she isn’t devastated by it, but she picks herself up, and moves on in the only way she knows how. Cady is always putting everyone else’s needs above her own, even when others are undeserving of her love and affection. She was a woman I just wanted to hug, and let her know she was worthy and deserving of love.
Coert was exactly who I hoped he would be. We get some glimpses of him as Jake’s best friend, but he is still a bit of a mystery. While Coert comes off as a jerk in the beginning (cue tears), you can see he is just protecting himself. Twenty years later, and he still thinks his time with Cady was a lie. That he was the one who was manipulated and hat she moved on within weeks of their explosive ending. Coert had no idea that Cady had left that part of herself with him, never to give it away to another person. While their time apart could have been avoided, you see why it had to be this way. Their reunion was perfectly written. I couldn’t have asked for more.
Fans of Ashley’s other series will be thrilled by the extra special cameos we get in this book. I know my smile was so big, my cheeks were hurting. I just love all the Easter eggs she leaves for us.
Coert and Cady’s story was perfectly executed. It was impossible to put it down once I started reading it. I wanted to know what was going to happen, but I also wanted to take my time and savor every word and every moment. The Time in Between was another outstanding edition to the Kristen Ashley library.