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The Time in Between (The Magdalene Series) (Volume 3) Paperback – August 29, 2017
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Kristen Ashley grew up in Indiana, has lived in Colorado and the West Country of England but now she calls the Valley of the Sun home. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least), but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a home with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps doing it, it keeps getting better.
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I adore Kristen Ashley books. They are often innovative, well-written, and enthralling. Usually. Lately I've been disappointed. In this one the main bad guy is taken care of halfway through the book (off stage). That was the climax. The rest of the book I kept waiting for something to HAPPEN. Aside from great sex, cuteness and happiness and every wish fulfilled everywhere you look, all the action took place off stage. The kid who needed a bone marrow transplant -- off stage. The bad guy burning down the town and stalking the hero (a three-book build up) -- off stage. Boston Stone JERK finally getting taken down -- off stage. Midnight's owners getting their reckoning -- off stage. And why (lately) are all her books about people with more money than sense?
There was a classic opportunity for her to give Midnight a chance to defend her family against the arsonist... or not, because she was drugged from a vet who makes housecalls (WHERE exactly does that happen?), but nah, not gonna write that scene, we're gonna make cupcakes, get pregnant, and marry everyone off! Not the main characters, that ALSO takes place -- you guessed it, off stage... big disappointed sigh. I'm not even sure why this book took place in Magdalene since the first 2 couples don't play ANY role in this book beyond cluttering up a couple of dinner parties. What happened to KA's scrappy every-day heroines who have a scrappy every-day kind of life without money smoothing over all her problems?
I was thrilled beyond words for Kristen Ashley when she went from independently published to a mainstream publisher. But -- and I hesitate to be grumpy about someone's gi-normous and well-deserved success -- maybe if she spent more time writing and less time with her fans, her STORIES wouldn't have fallen off so much.
Skip this one. Skip Daisy's Rock Chick story. Nothing new happens. The Honey Series -- love it. But otherwise... meh, she's coasting. Go back and re-read the middle part of her writing career. Rock Chicks, The Burg, Dream Man, Unfinished Heroes, Chaos, Colorado Mountains.. none perfect, no book is -- but wonderful reading. That's the stuff we KA fans need, not newsletters and appearances.
Now we have a case of parenthetical overdose. According to Oxford, "Information within parentheses is usually supplementary; were it removed, the meaning of the sentence would remain unchanged." By this definition, at least 20% of this book is superfluous. Not only is this technique used on almost every page, some sentences have multiple sets of parentheses and in a couple of cases, Ashley felt compelled to have a set of parentheses interrupting a set of parentheses.
"Dexter (or my now eighteen-year-old nephew who’d lived with a sister who was a serial girlfriend who (until her crush on Elijah) had chosen poorly so he’d also lived through the dramas and tantrums of many a breakup)."
"... setting down my wineglass in order to pick up a cheese knife (kindly provided by the inn) in order to slice into an extraordinary camembert (not provided by the inn, which made the knife another kind gesture) and slathering it on a hunk of fresh French bread (all this also from Wayfarer’s). Bwaaaahaaaa! A trifecta of brackets.
A reviewer 'fromthesouth' in the two star ratings does a great job explaining why she feels both Coert and Cady are weak leading characters. I would encourage you to read her review. Much is made of Cady's horrific family background. Horrific in the sense that her mother wanted her to go to university and stop hanging out with druggies. "It sucked to admit, but Mom had always been right." Well then. For much of the book, Coert is a hot-headed, grudge-holding jerk. It is difficult to forget this when Ashley wants to rehabilitate him.
'“I broke her,” Coert said low. “I did this. All of it. From the beginning. And I’ve known it. From the beginning."' Yup.
There is a definite sense of pounding a square peg in a round hole. It's as if Ashley decided that the characters needed about two decades apart, but couldn't think of a plausible reason. The one we are given is exceedingly awkward and impacts the believability of the novel. If Patrick, the 65 year old savior, was so smart why didn't he figure a way to get our two lovebirds back together without the ridiculous shenanigans? A couple of phone calls and giving Cady a place to live for a month could have resolved every thing AND he could have still stayed in her life in a more normal way. The whole Katy/Cady subplot seemed contrived, as was the whole Lars related mayhem.
I have read most of Kristen's Ashley's books multiple times. This was a chore to get through the first time. 2.5 stars rounded to 3 only because the secondary characters were interesting.
I'm off to start a Go Fund Me campaign to prevent the abuse of parentheses. Authors, get yourselves inoculated.
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This third book was disjointed. It was thin. It was poorly edited.Read more