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Overview Sought after by every agent and actress in New York, handsome casting director James B. Lockhart Jr. is at the top of his craft. Red-haired beauty Elizabeth Ash lives in a third-floor apartment and earns her living as a flutist. Both have loved deeply...but things haven't turned out as they'd hoped. Then Elizabeth discovers a story scribbled in purple ink in the margins of some old novels at a nearby church thrift shop. It moves her like nothing else has...and makes her long for something more. Jim has spent months mired in the past. Now he hopes to start a new chapter in his life...create a new beginning. But is that really possible after all this time? Or is it too late?
Publishers Description Sought after by every agent and actress in New York, handsome casting director James B. Lockhart Jr. is at the top of his craft. Red-haired beauty Elizabeth Ash lives in a third-floor apartment and earns her living as a flutist. Both have loved deeply...but things haven't turned out as they'd hoped. Then Elizabeth discovers a story scribbled in purple ink in the margins of some old novels at a nearby church thrift shop. It moves her like nothing else has...and makes her long for something more. Jim has spent months mired in the past. Now he hopes to start a new chapter in his life...create a new beginning. But is that really possible after all this time? Or is it too late?
Citations And Professional Reviews Reading Between the Lines by Rick Hamlin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 09/01/2006 page 129
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.32" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher Howard Publishing
ISBN 1582295786 ISBN13 9781582295787
Availability 0 units.
More About Rick Hamlin
Hamlin is the managing editor of Guideposts magazine. He is a graduate of Princeton University. He worked as a professional actor and singer before beginning his writing career.
Rick Hamlin currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about Reading Between the Lines?
A very good read Oct 10, 2007
If you need hope and assurance that God truly is at work in our lives, curl up with this book and let the message of the story speak to you. I finished it with a "God's in Heaven, all's right with the world..." feeling.
A Christian book that doesn't hit you over the head! Aug 28, 2007
As a praying Christian, I've read a lot of books that try to convert and others in which prayer and belief are just part of the fabric of the story. I far prefer the ones where the prayer is there, but you are not always told "Believe, believe, believe!" This is just such a story. The low key approach will be far more likely to snare some reluctant seekers than the out and out conversion attempts that are far from subtle. The characters are well written and the story is believable. i would recommend it to a wide variety of readers - romance lovers, musciians, and seekers for the truth.
A very special book Jun 26, 2007
Rick Hamlin has done a superb job of creating the special people in Reading Between the Lines. Jim and Elizabeth are real people with real life journeys that will warm even the coldest places in your heart. Dorothy and Scott are true friends.
If you read this, Rick, thank you for a beautiful story.
This is an old-fashioned, low-tech romance Jun 5, 2007
As a young man author Rick Hamlin moved to New York City "to pursue singing and acting," which he "more than dabbled in." But for decades he has made his living as an editor of Guideposts magazine --- not exactly the career path he had in mind. That much of Rick's life might have slid into his contemporary romance, set in Manhattan.
In a prologue we meet Jim Lockhart, a 31-year-old widower. We soon learn that he had come to New York after college to be an actor but had settled in, now with considerable cachet, as a casting director at an ad agency. In chapter one we meet Elizabeth Ash, a professional flutist who's piecing together a living --- giving lessons, playing in theater-pit orchestras, performing on occasional solo tours to cities such as Cheyenne or Boise.
At a church rummage sale Elizabeth picks up some old Regency romances by Harriet Mueller, a genre novelist of some fictional renown. Back home in her small apartment, she discovers that some previous reader has written in purple a "book" of her own in the margins and between the lines --- love letters. By whom? To whom? And why were the novels with such intimate marginal notes for sale in a church basement?
>From the outset, you know that Jim's deceased wife wrote these letters to Jim and that Elizabeth and Jim are destined to find each other. Even though you know that eventuality, getting from the beginning to the end of the book is an entertaining read, as you discover the personalities, the New York milieu, the delicate dance of a blossoming relationship.
I didn't notice identifying dates, but I sensed that the story is set in the 1990s. Clues? This is an old-fashioned, low-tech romance, in which communications rely largely on land-line phones and face-to-face meetings --- some of them "chance" encounters that might make you think that Manhattan was a small town.
This would be a good book to give to a seeker, someone unchurched with spiritual interests. Religious themes are present but subtle. Several times a day, principally in the morning when he's at the gym doing "reps" with weights, Jim prays what is sometimes called the "Jesus prayer": "Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me. Make haste to help me. Rescue me and save me. Let thy will be done in my life." It's almost a mantra that he doesn't clearly understand, that he repeats because his wife asked him to do so, right before she died. As the plot unfolds, the prayer --- and the faith it represents --- becomes more meaningful to him, though he doesn't go to church. Nor does Elizabeth, except in the context of pursuing some intrigue in a church-basement thrift shop run by Mrs. Halladay, who becomes an interesting and pivotal character --- especially as she reaches past her professional reserve and summarizes her own life story when Elizabeth most needs to hear it.
As you might guess, Jim's wife, Lois, liked to read Harriet Mueller romance novels. "When Lois took out a Harriet Mueller, [Jim] knew she was considering something that was beyond thought...She needed to be someplace else for a few days. Someplace between the covers of a romance novel." Maybe the same could be said for readers of this Rick Hamlin romance.
--- Reviewed by Evelyn Bence
warm second chance at love Dec 20, 2006
In New York her best friend wannabe actress Dorothy Hughes persuades flutist Elizabeth Ash to accompany her to a rummage sale. Elizabeth buys a few used books including a fascinating Regency romance by Harriet Mueller. However, the love story that hooks her is not part of the published novel, but instead written in BETWEEN THE LINES by a former reader to her "Darling" along the margins. Elizabeth feels the couple seems very familiar and wants to give the book back to the husband.
Casting director Jim Lockhart has moved on somewhat past the death of his beloved wife by diving into his work at Babcock, Crier, and Nelson and turning to prayer. The vocation keeps the loneliness away while asking "Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me. Make haste to help me. Rescue me and save me. Let thy will be done in my life" This provides him some solace. He casts Dorothy Hughes in a commercial and she introduces him to Elizabeth. Both will agree that the Lord works in mysterious ways
Rotating perspective between Jim and Elizabeth, READING BETWEEN THE LINES is a warm second chance at love tale starring two likable but fearful individuals. Readers will sympathize with Jim who mourns the loss of his beloved spouse who was too young to die from cancer and lonely Elizabeth too afraid to take a chance on a permanent relationship. Readers will enjoy their endearing courtship filled with doubt, fear, and love.