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The Time in Between (The Magdalene Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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So, why do I buy all of her books? KA is a great storyteller. Most of her characters are people you would really like to know, and the stories are fast-paced and compelling. See the Dream Man series, the Chaos series, the Fantasyland series, and the Three series. They are all really worth owning, and keeping to read more than once.
But the last few books have not nearly reached that earlier level. Is she just churning them out without really developing the ideas and characters? And why isn't anybody editing them for grammar and gaping plot holes?
This book seems to be an indulgent excuse to bring a lot of her old characters in for a curtain call with no real purpose other than that. The plot has several absolutely ridiculous defects and inconsistencies that should have been caught and fixed before anybody pushed the "publish" button. Spoiler: Coert sees a ring on the heroine's finger two weeks after their blow-up, which is why he can't forgive her for the next 20 years. We are told that during those two weeks she rejected an older man's offer of adoption, and agreed to a no-sex marriage instead, but only because she wanted to be able visit him as "family" in the hospital many years later when he got cancer. And his kids ultimately loved her for that, even though she stepped into a big inheritance that otherwise would all have gone to them. The whole premise is unnecessary and ridiculously improbable. After they work that out, nothing more happens in the book. At various points, KA even has characters say that the love story "is like something out of a romance novel" and the villain, to the extent there even is one, is "like the villain in a melodrama." His villainy was established in the other 2 books in the series, but he doesn't do much in this one.
So, without a good story, or interesting characters, we're left only with poor writing, incessant description of the interior decorating of a light house, and mini-epilogues for characters from other books, whose stories I couldn't really even remember.
Sorry, Kristen. I will buy your next book, but this one doesn't cut it, and neither have the last few. I hope you're working on some great new story ideas.... you know I'll buy them.
This is Cady and Coert's story. Coert and Cady met at a party when they when young. They both had big dreams and quickly became close. It was instant attraction. Cady was working full-time and had big dreams to have a great job and family. Coert was hooking up with a local crew that did a few bad things but Cady didn't care, she loved (Jake). Coert was undercover and had a job to do. Cady didn't know.
Many years later Cady's husband passes. He had a few wishes for her. To make peace with her estranged brother and Coert. Cady comes to town and buys the most beautiful Lighthouse, and decides to restore it and also live in it. She is in for a rollar coaster ride.
Such a great story. Loved Cady. Already loved Coert. Loved the rest of Magdalene even more. Love the cameos of other series mixed in. But super sad to see the series end.