The Moment Between Book Review
The Moment Between By Nicole Baart
Published on April 22, 2009 from Tyndale House Publishers
Genre: Christian fiction
3.5 out of 5 chickadees singing. This book wasn’t at all what I expected. I had read all of Nicole Baart’s series “After the Leaves Fall” and while it definitely dealt with serious issues, it was close to YA chick lit. Immediately beginning this book, I could tell it was much darker and more intense.
This book is difficult to understand at first because it moved between three different timelines. Much of it is the story of Abby and Hailey, who are sisters. Hailey has periods of instability that make it difficult for Abby to be her sister. An event happens that is somewhat of a spoiler that sends Abby on a journey. The journey she is on is another timeline, while the big event is the 3rd timeline.
I felt for the characters in this story. Abby is relied upon as almost a second mother to Hailey and doesn’t receive much recognition for it. In contrast, Hailey turns the family’s lives upside down, but remains the center of attention and affection. The complicated sisterly bond was thoroughly and accurately examined. While Abby often resents her sister, she also loves her and has a fierce desire to protect her. I found reading about this relationship to be fascinating.
I love that this book dealt with very serious issues and brought light and awareness to these issues. It also weaved a short message about the Gospel in that was beautiful and relevant, not at all detracting from the story. It was a heartbreaking story, but a powerful one.