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Overview 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?
Publishers Description 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?
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Well-written Oct 30, 2008
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.
Compelling Reading That Is Not Teachy or Preachy Oct 16, 2008
Violette Between hits me. It is a story about people whose spouses died. I'm one of those. Those of us who have lost our mates at an unexpectedly early age (Is there ever an age that is not too young?) have peculiar scars. Reading this novel brings thoughts to mind that I had forgotten, and it heals emotional damage I didn't realize I had.
Alison Strobel portrays the pain so well that one would think she had lived through it. The scene of the closet that needs to be cleaned out is one that all bereaved will benefit from because it allows the reader to step outside and look in by seeing how others manage similar problems. If you are one of these wounded warriors, you must read this book. Others will love it too for the good story and the well-crafted approach.
She does a masterful job of showing what could be going on in the mind of a person in a coma. I wonder whether she has experienced this condition. Violette, the main character, is an artist. Strobel portrays the technical aspects of art so well that I wonder whether she is an artist.
This book keeps me turning the pages with its tension in the people's minds, anxiety about what will happen, and switching back and forth between two... or three...people's stories. The use of flashbacks makes the novel a challenging piece of writing that the reader can enjoy following. The flashbacks require the reader to pay attention. They are skillfully done, but the novel cannot be read effectively if the reader is thinking about something else. As a Southerner accustomed to reading William Faulkner and Eudora Welty, I have learned to enjoy flashbacks. More than one story line is being told at once to lead to the conclusion.
A special feature is the use of a doppelganger to help move the story along. It would spoil the story to explain too much about this clever feature. Violette Between is an interactive book. Alison Strobel, with the help of the character who is a clinical psychologist, pulls out emotions out of our emotional closets and forces us to deal with them. I especially love the explanation that it is okay - not disloyal and not unhealthy - to love the person who is dead and to love someone who is alive at the same time. It is okay to have feelings connected to that person who has moved on to heaven, but it is a waste of a good life to remain frozen in the past. Every person in this situation must decide whether to move from the position between the past and the present.
One of the helpful aspects of the book is the illustration of the steps that we all go through as we cope with grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Keeping this model in mind, Alison develops the plot with plausible events.
This novel can help the reader examine his own relationship with the Lord and find the peace that passes understanding. The supernatural aspects of the story are presented in a believable manner.
One little problem I see in the book has to do with the medical technology in a scene near the end.
I highly recommend this book. It is not didactic; it is simply a good story. At the same time, it can bring healing to a broken heart. A good book can be a good story and also add to our emotional or intellectual capacity. Such a book is VIOLETTE BETWEEN.
This book was excellent! May 30, 2007
I thought this book was absolutely excellent! The story was great and it really dealt with some issues that Christians face today in a Christ-like way. It didn't condone practices that go against the Bible, but did discuss how Christians should deal with them. Overall, Alison is an excellent author, and I look forward to seeing more of her work!
Excellent! Dec 16, 2006
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!
Excellent Nov 30, 2006
This book was wonderful. I randomly picked up World's Collide and instantly became a fan of Alison's books. Violette Between is a wonderful story. The way she tells it from both of the characters perspectives is wonderful. If you're looking for a book where you feel connected with the characters, and don't want to put it down, read any of Alison Strobel's books. I'm a fan for life!