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Product Details

  • Series: Center Point Christian Fiction (Large Print)
  • Hardcover: 527 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point Large Print; Lrg edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602854807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602854802
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,108,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Baart (Summer Snow) writes an emotionally intense tale of two sisters. Past and present alternate as the history of their family unfolds in order to explain their present circumstances. The present is largely set in a winery in British Columbia, where one of the sisters, Abigail Bennett, pursues Tyler Kamp, her sister Hailey's boyfriend. The vineyard offers opportunity for beautiful description and resonant imagery as the narrative unspools. Abigail is presented in painful, almost claustrophobic, detail as she deals with the central puzzle of her family and history. But some of the supporting characters, while intriguing, are slightly off-pitch. Hailey's boyfriend Tyler isn't presented fully enough, and winemaker Eli Dixon occasionally becomes more of a symbol than a character with a compelling back story. But Baart has exactly right the members and dynamics of the Bennett family, locked in the manic dance of mental illness. She tells a poignant and gripping story. (May)
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From School Library Journal

In this complex story of two sisters, Abigail Bennett is an accountant whose well-ordered life is turned upside down when she pursues her obsession, Tyler Kamp, to a winery in British Columbia. Tragic yet hinting at mercy and forgiveness, Baart's (After the Leaves Fall) well-crafted contemporary novel features engaging characters and will appeal to readers who have had to deal with difficult family relationships. For CF and women's fiction collections.
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Customer Reviews

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If you are looking for a story that will stick with you long after you shut the book, this is a must read.
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I love any book by Nicole Baart; she writes a real indeph story about real issues in people's lives.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lawliss on May 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
This was my first foray into overtly Christian Fiction since reading J.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring and the Left Behind Series and The Chronicles of Narnia. I'll be really honest here - I tend to stay away from Christian literature (unless they're classics like Tolkien or Narnia) because the authors and books tend to be really too smarmy and pat and tidy and that's annoying because life is rarely pat and tidy, even if one believes in Christ and has faith that He will save one at the end of things. So I was very wary going into this novel, skeptical even. But I actually kind of liked it.

The main character is Abigail Bennett. Abby is a thirty-something accountant at a mid-sized firm in Florida, where she has a reputation of being smart and hard-working. She is so well liked by her co-workers and superiors, and is such a rainmaker that she quickly becomes a partner. And there is no doubt that she loves her work and thrives in this environment. Her life absolutely detonates when tragedy strikes Hailey, her younger sister - the younger sister that Abby has dedicated her life to protecting and raising. In order to seek closure, Abby travels to rural British Columbia to confront Hailey's boyfriend, Tyler, who has become the object of her obsession. Abby finds that Tyler is working in a winery owned by his uncle, Eli, and finds herself forming genuine friendships with him and her co-workers. Even though Abby is there, with Tyler, she finds herself unable to gain closure until she turns to God.

There are two rotating subplots apparent in this novel that keep the reader hooked throughout the novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Thirtyish accountant Abigail Bennett enjoys working at Johnson, McNally & Bennett in Rosa Beach, Florida although tax season can be hectic. However, her life explodes when tragedy strikes her younger sister, Hailey. Unable to cope, an obsessed Abigail seeks closure so she quits her partnership and travels to British Columbia to confront Hailey's boyfriend Tyler Kamp.

In the Canadian winery where Tyler works, Abigail meets him. She begins to make friends with him and others employed there and surprisingly she finds she likes Tyler. Abigail also finds he cannot give her closure; only by turning to God might she find what she seeks.

The story line contains two rotating subplots: the present with Abigail in Canada and the past as she and her family relations unfold. Filled with passion, Abigail keeps the overall plot focused with her first person viewpoint and her actions in the third person perspective. Although the support cast outside of the two sisters are never lucid enough especially Tyler to understand who they are beyond how they relate to the siblings, Nicole Baart provides a deep poignant look at how mental illness takes a toll on anyone in that person's circle especially family.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teacher Reader on March 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
From the publisher: "Abigail Bennett was completely in control of her life until tragedy pushed her to the brink of something she's never experienced: Obsession. Now she's given up everything she's ever worked for to chase down the object of that obsession. His name is Tyler Kamp. As Abigail follows him across the border into Canada, her journey is awash in memories of family and childhood, especially those of her younger sister Hailey. Even as Abigail races into her future, her past pulls her back. Only when she is brought to the edge of her obsession will she be able to come to terms with the tragedy that ignited it."

The story had three story lines running through it. One was told in first person by Abigail after dealing with a tragedy. The other two are told in third person. The other goes back to the past and explains the family dynamics and especially the relationship between Abigail and her sister Hailey. The third is present tense and what Abigail does as she follows Tyler to Canada.

Baart did a good job of making the reader feel the emotions of the story. The story has a sad undercurrent and you definitely feel that as a reader. You are drawn into Abigail's world and the world of the Canadian winery.

The conclusion of the book was very beautiful. Suicide is not an easy topic but Nicole Baart handled it with such grace and beauty. One story is not going to encompass all suicide situations but I felt that as an author Baart gave the reader hope for painful situations that do not have an easy answer.

I am thankful for this book and Nicole Baart's work and hope others will find comfort in it as well.

I received this book free from Tyndale in exchange for my review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Weber on January 2, 2013
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A remarkable read! Nicole Baart weaves an unpredictable mix of human passion, brokenness and unfulfilled dreams - against a backdrop of divine grace, hope and suspense. "The Moment Between," confronts hideous realities that can start with childhood depression, and offers gut-wrenching grace in garments often hidden from adults who simply stop risking affection they crave most.

Abigail Bennett works endlessly to earn the kind of love not possible in her dysfunctional family. She justifies incessant quests for meaning through a highly successful accounting career, yet Abigail confronts constant pain in key encounters with her bi-polar sister Hailey. Abby's father justifies Hailey's co-dependency, while shunning his older daughter's affection, and blaming Abby for not doing enough to help the family survive.

Through a tragic set of events Hailey's physical beauty and religious fervor mask demons of anguish, jealousy and cruel deception. Meanwhile her unpredictable outbursts push those around her onto paths of destruction, in spite of Abigail's painful efforts to "save" her little sister.

Finally, Abby obsesses over the one last person, Tyler Kamp, who she senses can explain Hailey's recent tragedies. On impulse she follows Tyler, from Florida onto a quaint little vineyard in BC. While in Western Canada, Abby encounters life-changing answers, in unsuspecting characters, with demons of their own. She trips over a breathtaking twist toward hope.

Nicole Baart rivets your attention in every scene of this poignant tale of two sisters destined to draw near only to push dangerously away from the grace, family and dreams that they both need to deal with painful childhood episodes.
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Nicole Baart lives in a small town in Iowa and is the mother of three young sons. After the adoption of her second son from Ethiopia, Nicole discovered a deep passion for global issues and co-founded a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, that works alongside a church and orphanage in Monrovia, Liberia. An accomplished novelist, she was a 2009 Christy Award finalist for fiction. Visit her website at http://www.nicolebaart.com.

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