Review: The In-Between Hour by Barbara Claypole-White

Title: The In-Between Hour

Author: Barbara Claypole-White

Published: Harlequin MIRA December 2013

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Status: Read from December 24 to 26, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

An emotional story of the struggle to survive tragedy, grief and loss, The In-Between Hour probably wasn’t the best choice of reading for the festive season, but it was a compelling and thought provoking novel which ultimately reveals a message of healing and hope.

Will Shepard is mired in grief after the death of his five year old son in a horrific car accident, and he doesn’t have the heart to repeat the news to his father whose Alzheimer’s allows him the relief of forgetting his loss. Instead Will, a bestselling author, tells Jacob a story of young Freddie traveling the world with his mother, a story his father unexpectedly latches on to, a fiction that both sustains, and traps, them.
A holistic veterinarian, Hannah Linden has always prided her self on her ability to offer comfort, nurturing and care, but her oldest son, Galen, seems beyond her reach. When Will and his father temporarily move into her guest cottage their broken relationship proves to be the distraction she needs from her own failings, but it cannot shield her from the devastating heartbreak to come.

Exploring grief, love, loss, forgiveness and redemption, Will and Hannah battle the past in order to deal with the present, and find a path to future happiness. They slowly become enmeshed in each others lives, finding unexpected solace and strength in each other, to deal with the challenges they are faced with.
With Jacob the victim of Alzheimer’s and Galen of severe depression, the tragedy of mental illness is a major theme of the novel. In addition we learn that Will’s mother was an(undiagnosed) bipolar and Hannah’s father and grandfather both had a history of depression. Claypole-White explores the issues with sensitivity and compassion not only for the sufferers, but also for their loved ones.

Beautifully written, the characters of The In Between Hour are richly and realistically drawn, and the story compelling. A poignant, moving novel, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bclaypolewhite
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 02:23:11

    Oh my goodness, I love this review. Thank you. You have summed up my novel far more eloquently than I could have done.



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