Between here and the past, there lies a place…
…a place of longing for what has been rather than hoping for what could be.
A true artist, Violette is passionate and emotional. Climbing back into life after suffering a loss, she teeters on the precipice of a new relationship with Christian, a psychologist who not only understands her struggles but offers safety and his heart.
As Violette and Christian begin to feel something they both thought impossible, tragedy strikes again. Violette becomes trapped in a place of past memories–and she finds that she may not want to come back. What would it be like to choose a place between the past and the present?
|Publisher:||The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.45(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.74(d)|
About the Author
Alison Strobel, the author of Worlds Collide, a novelist whose father, award-winning author Lee Strobel, instilled her with a love of stories at a young age. Alison and her husband, Daniel, live in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dr. Christian Roch is attracted to Violette Corterm's unique personality and a while after they meet a relationship begins. He's happy to be with Violette- the first woman he's loved since his wife, Cynthia, died - but he fears her heart still belongs to her late husband, Saul. Violette is an artist who's passionate about her craft. She's glad Christian doesn't just appreciate her, but that he also appreciates her art. She cares for Christian, but, yes, part of her heart does still belong to Saul. Violette has a serious accident and ends up in the hospital, where she's reunited with her late husband... in her mind. Violette is a coma patient during most of the story. The reader gets to know her as she remembers past times shared with Saul, her friends, Alexine and Xavier and the CitC gang (friends from church). And Christian? He was angry at God for taking his first wife and he's angry at Him for what's happened to Violette. He's not sure he'll survive if he loses her, too. I was reading this story and for a little while there it seemed the author had Violette's spirit going from place to place back in time; the way she was listening in on conversations, in a room reaching out to console the image of herself or in Violette, then out of body. But if her spirit had left her body, she wouldn't have been in a coma, she would have been lifeless in that hospital bed. Glad I got that straight, otherwise, I probably would have closed the book before I finished. If I would have done that, I would have missed out on a pretty good read. This is the first book I've read by Alison Strobel and I enjoyed it. The memories of Violette's past were well-written. And Christian working through his anger towards God... well, I was pulling for him.
I was impressed with this book though at time I found it a bit difficult to follow. The narrative goes from third person to first person, alternating chapters. While it was interesting to be inside Violette¿s head it also took me out of the flow of Christian¿s part in the story. At the same time I do see the sense in what Strobel did, and I appreciate it. It was interesting to see how two different people, with different levels of faith, handled their grief and moved on with their life. Watching both characters struggle through the accident made me very sympathetic to them and I admit to a tear being shed. Violette Between is a well written story, taking an honest look at love, loss, relationships and faith. Check it out!
'Between HERE and the PAST there lies a place...a place of longing for what has been rather than hoping for what could be...' The back cover copy goes on, but that sentence sums up the feel of the book. I would classify it as women's fiction (though I think men would enjoy it, too, if they like Nicholas Sparks) that examines the challenge of a love lived completely but lost colliding with the possibility of new love. Violette is an artist who lives life with passion and joy. When we first meet her she's headed to work on a mural and seems completely in love with Dr. Christian Roch. Both have loved and lost, and now they are exploring love with each other. Christian brings her lunch at work and finds her lying on the floor. The rest of the story weaves intricately between Violette's past and Christian's questions about their future. The one hiccup I had with the book was not paying attention to the date headings at the beginning of each chapter. Once I figured out the interplay between the two story lines, I rushed through the chapters because I was so eager to get back to each story. There is an honest interplay of the issues and choices we each face. Will we choose to live in the past that we know and can predict, or will we step into the unknown of the future with hope and faith that it can be as good as -- though different than -- the past.
I finished Violette Between late last night. I have to admit that the ending surprised me. This story was very different than any novel I've read before. At first the way it was laid out confused me, but when I got used to it I enjoyed the style. I also enjoyed how the author had the heroine watching herself do something in the past, but she was seeing it in the present. Sort of like A Christmas Carol but without a ghost from the past. The spiritual theme was very well done and I loved how the author showed how consistency and love from Christians can make a big difference in a grieving person's life. I also thought it was very romantic and did a great job showing tension between marriage partners when the faith of each partner differs. I recommend it.
Violette was once a highly regarded artist who lived life with élan and loved her Saul with her soul. When Saul suddenly died, Violette died too. She stopped painting and lost her gusto for life.---------------- Violette meets psychiatrist Christian, a widow, who still mourns the loss of his wife though several years have passed. Still he and Violette begin seeing one another and help each other return to the world of the living. However, tragedy strikes again. Christian finds Violette crumbled on the floor near a ladder in his waiting room, which she was painting to look like a New York rooftop restaurant. While she resides in a coma with no other physical injuries, he holds her hand and tells her he loves her and needs to come back. Meanwhile Violette is on a different journey to a place where she meets Saul. Will she choose to remain with her beloved first love or go back to her second love?--------------- VIOLETTE BETWEEN is a powerful character study of a nice woman who has finally rebounded from the trauma of the death of a beloved with a new love (though she will always cherish her Saul) only to have tragedy strike again. The story line follows Violette as she is in an in between station either heading to an afterlife with Saul or coming back to this life with Christian. Alison Strobel provides a poignant tale that Christian readers will appreciate as heaven sounds like a complex place when one considers eternal relationships.--------- Harriet Klausner