Violette Between Book Review
Title: Violette Between
Author: Alison Strobel
Genre: Christian Fiction
3 out of 5 stars! Alison Strobel’s books seem to be hit or miss for me these days. From the synopsis, I thought Violette was actually being transported back to the past, rather than just re-living old memories. In reality, Violette is in a new relationship with a man named Christian. She is still haunted by memories of her deceased husband, Saul, though. She is having trouble fully committing to Christian. Christian is also a widower, but he is ready to move on with Violette. Violette falls off a ladder while painting and is in a coma. During this coma, she re-lives memories of her husband and must decide whether she wants to stay there or move forward with Christian.
I liked the character of Christian and felt for him trying to move on with Violette. He seemed to be a very good man and was very patient with her. I couldn’t relate to Violette as much. I understood her being caught up in the past, but I could never really tell where she was in her faith. I also didn’t really understand the artist side of her, as I don’t have a creative bone in my body. It was sometimes hard to understand the reasoning behind her actions. I could see her being a character others can relate to more, though.
My main issue with this book was that there wasn’t enough of a plot. This is the same critique I had with her book, “Worlds Collide.” Although this book wasn’t a collection of conversion stories like that one was, it was nearly all flashbacks. I never felt that invested in their future with all the focus on the past, I guess.
Overall, this book was just so-so for me. I was motivated enough to finish it, but it never fully engaged me.