Between Heaven and Earth

Between Heaven and Earth

by Michele Paige Holmes

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Overview

From the Power of the Matchmaker series: BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH

Cassandra Webb's every waking minute is devoted to being a great mother and wife. She takes five-year-old Noah to the library each week, volunteers in his kindergarten class, and even coaches his soccer team. She makes sure her husband's uniforms are always laundered-even though he hasn't worn them the last six years-always has his game day snacks on hand, and meets him for date night every Friday-which consists of one sided conversations at his bedside and watching his favorite take out remain untouched.

Pearl, a mysterious visitor at the care center, suggests that it is only Cassie's love still tying Devon to Earth when he has been ready to move onto Heaven for quite some time. If Cassie will but open her eyes and heart, she will discover the path she should travel, one that will bring relief to Devon and much joy to her own life. But Cassie vowed never to give up on him. She never has and she can't now, even after meeting hapless, single soccer-dad Matt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941145852
Publisher: Mirror Press
Publication date: 07/29/2016
Pages: 420
Sales rank: 1,149,801
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Michele Paige Holmes spent her childhood and youth in Arizona and northern California, often curled up with a good book instead of out enjoying the sunshine. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education and found it an excellent major in which to indulge her love of children's literature.

She is the author of nine published romance novels, which include books in the STARS Series (contemporary romance), HEARTHFIRE HISTORICALS, and the FOREVER AFTER series (young adult fairy tales). She is also the author of three novellas, two in the TIMELESS ROMANCE COLLECTION.

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Between Heaven and Earth 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
yellowrubyjewels More than 1 year ago
What would you do if all your dreams are starting to come true? Everything you have wanted since you were young has finally started to fall into place and you can see your future bright and perfect with your one true love by your side? Cassandra Webb has reached that moment and can't wait to fulfill her dreams with Devon, her new groom. This is how the novel starts off, hopeful and beautiful. You can see the excitement and dreams that Cassie and Devon have and can't wait to see how their lives unfold. Jump ahead 10 years and Cassie's dreams are anything but fulfilled. Cassie finds herself a single mom due to the fact that her husband has been in a coma like(not an actual coma-I'll let you read the book to find out exactly what it is) state for 6 years. Matthew Kramer is a recent widower with two young sons. He has recently relocated from Oregon to just outside of San Francisco. The shock of everything that has happened in their lives has affected his young sons and himself so much that they are treading water trying to cope and stay afloat. Cassie's son Noah, and Matt's son Austin, have a face off playing against each other on their soccer teams. Events happen that cause Cassie and Matt to try to help the two boys reconcile their differences and possibly become friends. I really enjoyed watching these three little boys develop relationships with each other and how through their different sorrows and struggles really help each other to start healing. Cassie was a wonderful character to read about. She's strong and has her life together, except for the fact that her husband isn't able to participate in anything, she has date nights every Friday night, she's an awesome mom, soccer coach/player extraordinaire and many other traits and qualities. Matt is trying to figure out his life. He was a big shot sportscaster and living the high life, except for one...or three major things. His wife and two sons rarely saw him or had him as a part of their lives when he was around. Matt realizes that he lost all that time and is trying to make up for it and change. Enter a matchmaker, Miss Pearl, who can see the good in both of these characters as well as Devon and you start to get a budding friendship. Everything between Cassie and Matt is platonic. They support each other and help each other's children, Matt does some fix it jobs for Cassie that Devon would normally take care of for her. They do have some sparks but avoid those sparks at all cost. I want to tell you about the matchmaker and what she says to Cassie. I want to tell you about Cassie and Devon. I want to tell you more about the friendship between Cassie and Matt. There's so much that I want to say about these different relationships There's so much that I want to say about these different relationships and how they intertwine but...I don't want to tell you about them. I want you to read it and discover it for yourselves. There's loss and There's holding on and letting go. There's laughter and tears. I admit that I shed many tears while reading this. There were aspects of this story that touched me very deeply because it hit close to home in my own personal life. I rooted for Cassie to have her dreams fulfilled with her family. The ending was sweet and emotional. This is a clean read and definitely one I'd recommend for older teens and adults. I received ARC in exchange for an honest review. Happy Reading!!!
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Talk about heart-wrenching! I think I cried about five different times while reading this touching and emotional book. The author did an amazing job of balancing the difficult circumstances with Cassie's positive and hopeful attitude so it wasn't a depressing book, but rather a glimpse into the complex dynamics of grief and hope, holding on and letting go. Matt and Cassie's personalities were vividly brought to life with their mannerisms, thoughts, compassion, and struggles. They bring each other the comfort of friendship and support with their sons, but their relationship has the potential for more as Matt begins to yearn for her in a romantic way and Cassie feels conflicted between her loyalty to her husband and the joy she feels with Matt. Miss Pearl plays the tough role of helping Cassie see that letting go is not the same as giving up, and I felt that the reactions and process that Cassie goes through are so true to life. I'm particularly sensitive to themes of death and grief but reading the experiences of Cassie, Matt, and the sons of each of them was actually cathartic. Highly recommend! (Thank you to Ebooks For Review for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
momisreading More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful addition to the Power of the Matchmaker series! This book dealt with some difficult situations, situations that really made me think and wonder how I would handle them. Both Cassie and Matt were inspiring in the way they handled their circumstances. Cassie’s love and loyalty were incredible! I felt the full spectrum of emotions as I read. I smiled, I laughed, I cried. It was heartrending at times, yet heartwarming and uplifting. I loved it! I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I have absolutely loved this Matchmaker series and love how diverse each addition is. They can be read out of order, but it would help to read the prequel first, to get a feel for Pearl, the Matchmaker and her role in all of the books that follow. This book is another wonderful story, but ay-ay-ay--I was a little uncomfortable with one aspect. Cassie's dreams are all set to come true when her policeman husband gets shot. The resulting injury is heartbreaking and I honestly don't know what I would do in her situation. At what point do you let things go? Matt's a recently widowed man with two young sons and an incident at a soccer game brings the two of them together into a mutually beneficial friendship. How can you fault a man who is doing his best but needs a woman's advice and help in nurturing his boys? Although Cassie's husband isn't really there, I wasn't comfortable with the way the feelings and relationship developed while she is still technically married. I kept thinking that if her husband was around, there's no way this relationship would progress the way it does. However, the story is very sweet, tragic, and hopeful and I did really enjoy it. Like I said before, I can't even imagine being in Cassie's situation, yet she handles her lot in life so gracefully and with a lot of dignity. She's loyal and absolutely amazing with children. I love the interactions with her son, Noah, and with Matt's two sons so much. She's someone to admire and to emulate. Matt has made some mistakes in the past, but is very teachable and willing to change. He tries hard and is humble, which makes him likable. The boys are a delightful bonus to the story. I love the way Cassie puts Matt's mom in her place and worms her way into his family's hearts. This is a book that is full of feeling and one that I did devour. Content: mild romance. Clean! *I received a copy through eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review*
L_Lindsey More than 1 year ago
Between Heaven and Earth touched me deeply. I love a sweet book that can challenge difficult subjects, tug on your heart and make you laugh out loud. Cassie and Matt’s relationship had the perfect recipe for success, yet was held back by devotion to Cassie’s husband. I truly appreciated that the Michele kept Cassie faithful, reinforcing the importance of fidelity in a marriage. I also loved the mother and father roles to two played with each other’s children. It was sweet and made the story a success. Wonderful novel by one of my favorite authors—Michele never fails to deliver a unique novel.
Brookes_Books More than 1 year ago
Received ebook in exchange for an honest review My Review: I find it interesting to read books about issues I have never thought of. This book brings up a situation that I think most of us never think about or at least never think will happen to us. I asked myself repeatedly while I read this book, "What would I do?" I asked my husband, "What would you do?" The story brings up questions of commitment, fidelity, joy, stagnancy, and hope. I consider this a love story, but not a typical one. There are multiple loves in this story. The main character loves her husband, she loves her son, and, in the course of the book, falls in love with another man. Cassie loves others so much that she loses herself. I appreciate the reminder in this book that we each need to love ourselves to be able to love others. That means taking time to build ourselves up, taking time to find our own joy. It doesn't mean being selfish and thinking only of ourselves. But it does mean that we can give so much more when we are in an emotional place to do so. It does mean being self aware and knowing what we can do to be in that emotional place to love others and serve others. This book got me thinking, a lot. I was glad to be able to have a conversation with my husband about some of the issues brought up in the book. I was happy to see Cassie work through her "rut" and find more joy, find more hope, and find more love. Warnings: Death, loved one in permanent vegetative state I would let my 15 year old read this book.