The Time Between Us
an emotional, gripping historical page turner
by Marina McCarron
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 11 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 01 Feb 2022
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'Haunting and enchanting by turns. This book will stay with me for a long time. Utterly magnificent' Jenni Keer
Can the truth about her family's past unlock her future?
Normandy, 1937. Sixteen-year-old Elise embarks on a whirlwind romance with a young American man, which transports her from the drudgery of her everyday life caring for her mother. But neither she nor William is prepared for the war that will threaten to tear them apart...
Boston, 2009. Lucy has been left reeling by the death of her beloved grandfather. They had always planned to visit France together after her college graduation; now, still aching from his loss, Lucy decides to take the trip alone. As Lucy traces the steps of her grandfather through the French countryside where he once served as a GI, a powerful story of love, loss and destiny emerges – but can the truth about her family's past unlock her future? Or are some scars too deep to heal?
Readers love The Time Between Us:
'Poignant, haunting story took my breath away. A simply stunning debut' Clare Marchant
'Emotional story of love and loss, beautifully woven' Liz Fenwick
'Left me breathless. My emotions were crushed and revived and tangled... I cried and felt heartbreak for the characters. Time stood still and supper cooled while I finished living it... Unmissable... I cannot stop thinking about it' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Emotional rollercoaster of love and loss... An excellent read which kept my interest right through to the last page' Jo Lambert
'Fabulous, emotional... This is a beautifully written story of war, love and loss... Pulled me in from the first page and I loved the story of Elise' NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Emotional and heart-breaking... If you like WWII books then you will love this one' NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Fantastic... Hooked me and kept me invested... McCarron was able to capture the sights, smells, sounds, touch and tastes to the extent that I felt I was in the soldier's boots. It was phenomenal!... I was emotionally wrung out by the end of the book... This is the best book out there... Spectacular... Magnificently written, five-star historical fiction must be on your radar' NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Very beautiful read. I highly recommend this one. I really like the writer's style and look forward to her future books' @IslaRoseReads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Heart-breaking dual timeline story of love, loss and the reality of life' NetGalley Reviewer
'Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and this one did not disappoint... I recommend this book if you like to read historical fiction' NetGalley Reviewer
'Poignant and emotionally complex. Loved it' NetGalley Reviewer
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A interesting story sharing the consequences of D-Day on a family.
The story covers two centuries, 1937-2009.
At times a very heartbreaking read of love and loss.
The authors description of D-Day invasion was phenomenal and incredible. The historical information was amazing, just so much to take in and visualize.
Overall, a well written story that will make you feel so many emotions.
Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read this book for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
A beautiful story with a strong and courageous heroine. I couldn't put this down! Beautiful writing kept me turning the pages!
I loved this book, it was so interesting as well as sad at times. I loved the historical references. The descriptions of Omaha beach were incredible. What a wonderful book. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.
A very satisfying read. A dual timeline story that follows the stories of Hank and his best friend, William, who stormed the beach of Normandy. The first chapter was exceedingly well told with the horrors of war present in each step they took. Loved the line, “One of the bullets was singing for him after all.” This chapter was so very very powerful and moving. My father in law was one of those brave men at Normandy and reading this chapter really hit home. William unfortunately dies and his girlfriend, Elise, is devastated. Fast forward ten years and Hank continues to feel responsible for her even though he is in the US and she is in France. The story of Elise and Hank is so heartbreaking. I was surprised at Edith’s love for her dog.
Many years later Lucy, who lives with her grandfather, travels to France and there the storylines merge together. Lucy was a breath of fresh air after reading about Elise.
Many many thanks to Marina McCarron, Aria & Aries, and NetGalley for affording me the pleasure of reading an arc of this just published book.
The Time Between Us by Marina McCarron is a charming story about the lasting effects of war, often on generations down the line. Lucy is in France, visiting the town from which her grandmother came and the Normandy beach on which her grandfather had lost his best friend. She meets Rob, an American who is working as a tour guide to the beaches and becomes her friend. She doesn't even know her grandmother's last name, but she is hoping intuition will kick in and she will learn more about her as she explores. She also didn't know the name of her grandfather's friend and there were so many graves . . .
This is a book based solely on coincidences, and probably would never happen, but all the pieces could and it sends a message about how long things can have an influence on other things. Lucy was a terrific character and her back-story was totally believable and heart-wrenching. Her grandmother was a broken person and that affected her grandfather and his parents, as well as her own father. It was such a shame when modern medicine could probably have helped if it had happened today. Rob was a nice guy, but not a well-rounded character, really. The story of WWII reaches out and touches every family in Europe and a great many in America. It is an amazing concept. This was a good book. Poignant and beautiful in many ways.
I was invited to read a free e-ARC of The Time Between Us by Aria, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #aria #marinamccarron #thetimebetweenus
After the devastating loss of her grandfather…the man who raised her, her hero…Lucy takes a pilgrimage to Normandy, France to stand where he once stood during WWII. Normandy is also the home of her grandmother, who died when her father was just a little boy. Who was her grandmother? Will this trip help her find the answers to her own life questions? In WWII Normandy, Elise has fallen in love with a young American. It’s her love for him that helps her survive the occupation and it’s her love for him that takes a hold of her and won’t let go as she grieves his death on D-Day. While one finds strength in her grief, the other slips further into darkness in this coming of age story with dual timelines.
I loved this story. I love how the characters are beautiful interwoven. Your heart breaks for both leading ladies but in different ways. It also touches on grief and how everyone copes with it differently. You can feel the emotion flow from page to page. I gave four stars because I was left with a few questions that I didn’t feel the story addressed or tied up the loose ends.
Thank you to NetGalley, Aria & Aries and Marina McCarron for early access to this wonderful story.
The Time Between Us - Marina McCarron
The Time Between Us is an absolute must-read, an emotional and utterly heart wrenching page-turner. I’m having trouble finding the exact words to express just how much I loved this book. A remarkable coming of age story of two young women from two very different periods in time - 1937 Normandy and 2009 America. I loved the dual timelines and how they were so seamlessly woven together. McCarron takes us on an incredible journey across generations with Elise, Lucy and Hank and as a reader we experience the lasting impact the war has, all the joy and hope, tragedy and loss. This is a poignant and complex story that stays with you long after the last page has been read. Highly recommend to historical fiction readers and look forward to more from Marina McCarron in the future!
Thank you to @Aria_Fiction and @Netgalley for the eARC of #TheTimeBetweenUs. Available November 11 2021.
2009. Lucy is finished with the move. She feels very lonely and emotionally drained. She misses her grandfather and reproaches herself for not spending more time with him in recent years. Or traveled with him to France on the occasions he asked her to.
But especially now Lucy realizes that with the death of her grandfather she has lost the opportunity to learn more about her past. What her grandmother was like and what her life was like in France.
Lucy is aware that she has little data to unravel the past. But she still believes that this trip is the best thing she can do right now. A way to pay tribute to her grandfather and show him how much she loved him even though he is no longer around.
1937. After the death of her father, her brother took refuge in drink and her mother fell into a depression from which nothing is able to get her out. The weight of the house has fallen completely on Elise, who at 16 years of age leads a very sad life full of burdens.
William's arrival in her life was like a breath of fresh air in a long-closed house. William restored Elise's joy, excitement and hope for the future. She saw everything from a different perspective. Neither the impending war that everyone was talking about and to which she turned a deaf ear, nor her increasingly desperate family situation, nothing could discourage Elise.
Thus began a beautiful and intense relationship of friendship that eventually gave way to much more. The future, which had seemed so uncertain before, began to take shape in the plans they had in common. Everything was possible and they were getting closer and closer to achieving it when World War II broke out.
The Time Between Us is a very special novel that takes place in a storyline divided in two times: 1937 and 2009. It is told from three very different perspectives which gives us a broader view of the events.
Each character has its own voice, is very well defined and characterized, which makes the reading much more enjoyable and the change between chapters and characters is fluid and it is very difficult to have a favorite because it is easy to empathize with all of them and they are close, endearing.
Lucy and Elise have not coincided in time but their stories are closely related. When Lucy sets off for France she is full of questions about her past but also about her future. About what she wants to be or do with her life and whether she will be prepared to see it through. This may be a trip that will drastically change her life.
I liked it very much. The Time Between Us is a beautiful novel, one of those that you always remember and would like to read again if you haven't already. It demands a fast reading pace and once you start reading it absorbs you completely. The way in which the author describes the places makes you transport you to the time and historical place in just a few lines.
Because of its quality, style and the way she approaches the different themes she deals with in the course of the novel, The Time Between Us seems more like the novel of an established author with many publications behind her than a debut novel. I hope this is the beginning of a long career in which we can enjoy more titles like this one. Highly recommended!
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an early review copy.
It’s 2009 in Boston, Lucy is reeling by the death of her beloved grandfather. Both of them had planned going to France, after she’d graduated. But now, she’s not as yet got over the big loss, Lucy, decides to go to France.
1937, in Normandy, Elsie, whose sixteen begin to fall in love with an American. This takes her away from caring for her mother everyday.
But, neither of them are ready for the war, which will tear her apart from William.
The story was told from Elsie, Lucy and Hanks viewpoints. It was a story of two different women growing up in different period of time.
Two stories that started separately but later became one, the story of war was beautifully written, had me engrossed from the start.
A fabulous debut novel.
Highly Recommend This Book.
Boston, 2009. Lucy has been left reeling by the death of her beloved grandfather. They had always planned to visit France together after her college graduation. Now, still aching from his loss, Lucy decides to take the trip alone.
Normandy, 1937. Sixteen year old Elsie embarks on a whirlwind romance with a young American man, which transports her from the drudgery of her everyday life caring for her mother. But neither she, or William, is prepared for the ar that will threaten to tear them apart.
The story is told from the perspectives of Elsie, Hank and Lucy. A coming of age story about two young women in two different time periods. Both stories in the dual timeline are separate to begin with then they join together seamlessly. A story of the war that's well written. I was hooked from the first few pages. It's very good for a debut novel.
I would like to thank #NetGalley #AriaAries and the author #MarinaMcCarron for my ARC of #TheTimeBetweenUs in exchange for an honest review.
From the cover to the gorgeous writing and stupendous descriptions, this stunning book left me breathless. My emotions were crushed and revived and tangled. Marina McCarron writes with such clarity, skill and talent which really caused the story to enmesh itself deeply into my heart, so much so that I cried and felt heartbreak for the characters. Time stood still and supper cooled while I finished living it.
Told in three perspectives, this multi-timeline story mostly takes place in 1937 Normandy (and subsequent years) and 2009 Boston. In 1937 sixteen-year-old Elise who lives with her mother meets William, a friend of her brother's. Their friendship grows and strengthens as war ramps up and rages. War details and consequences are horrifying including dreadful PTSD. Relationships, honour and loyalty are crucial. One of my favourite relationships of many is between Elise and Monsieur Allard.
In 2009, Lucy is unsure whether to study medicine or not. She was to travel to Normandy with her beloved grandfather to learn about his war connections but he has died. She goes on her own and discovers far more than she had ever dreamed, including a kind tour guide, Rob.
The third perspective is that of Hank who was a soldier in the war and a friend of William's. His promises to William lead him to unexpected places.
The words are written with an electric raw quality and the historical details are captured with such intelligence and knowledge it is as though the author had endured the war herself! The physical and mental journeys of the characters reveal so much about human nature, painful and lovely simultaneously. In spite of everything, there is always hope.
This unmissable book is so good I feel like pleading for Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction and General Fiction fans to read it. I cannot stop thinking about it.
My sincere thank you to Aria & Aries and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this immersive book; far beyond entertaining, it was an experience.
A wonderful dual timeline story. A coming of age tale of two different young women at two different time periods in history. An emotional rollercoaster of love and loss.
Sixteen year old Elise in Normandy, just before the outbreak of World War II, is introduced to her brother’s American friend William. As war is declared and he becomes involved in the fighting, they fall in love.
In present day we meet Lucy. She has been raised by her grandfather, following the death of her parents. She never knew her grandmother. Her grandfather never talks about her or his time during the war. Lucy had the chance to go to France with him, but her studies and romance made it difficult.
Following the death of her grandfather, she realises what she should have done while he was alive and decides on a trip to Normandy, hoping to trace something of his past life.
A well balanced and enjoyable read. I enjoy dual timelines, and this was an excellent read which kept my interest right through to the last page. While Elise's story takes place in war torn Europe, Lucy's tells of the close bond shared between her and her grandfather. Her journey to France will open up a new chapter of her life, discovering secrets previously unknown to her.
Thanks to Marina McCarron, Aria & Aries, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a complimentary copy of the book for my honest review.
This was a good debut spanning decades (1937-2009) and locales (Normandy, Mass., RI, FL) centering around how the events of D-Day impacted and shaped a family’s generations. While the story is fictitious, I enjoyed the in-depth historical details.
Told in three voices, Elise, a troubled Frenchwoman destined to live in the past, Hank, an American WW2 soldier whose life is shaped by a promise and Lucy, their granddaughter who while searching out her grandparents’ history, finds her own way forward.
While I do think it could have been a bit shorter and the writing could be a little simplistic at times, I did enjoy the character development (especially Elise’s and Hank’s), and watching the progression of the choices they made at a young age. It speaks to how life and its events seems at times to be so arbitrarily put into motion.
All in all, a solidly good read.
My sincere thanks to #NetGalley and #Aria for providing me the free early arc for review. The opinions are strictly my own.
A lovely dual time line novel of Elise during WWII and Lucy in the present (well, 2009). Elise was 16 when she met William, an American who came to her small French village and changed her life in so many ways. Lucy was raised by her much loved grandfather after her parents died. They talked about going to France but never did and now that he's gone. she finally does-and discovers a family secret and what a wonderful man her grandfather was. There are hints along the way about the secret (no spoilers) but that didn't matter to me. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good read for fans of historical fiction.
Journey to France
A heartbreaking dual timeline story of love, loss and the reality of life. A coming of age story of two different young women at two different time periods in history.
Sixteen year old Elise in Normandy, 1937, meets her brother Philippe's American friend William for the first time. As the war progresses and William goes to war Elise and William fall in love with each other. Their story is told within the pages of this story.
Lucy, raised by her Grandfather after the death of her parents, never knew her grandmother. Her grandfather never talks about her and his time during the war. One time he mentioned taking a trip to France and wanted her to go, but she was too busy with her studies and her boyfriend at the time. It is a decision she will regret.
After her grandfather passes, she decides to go alone on the trip to Normandy and trace the steps of her grandfather during the war hoping to find out something about her past.
I enjoyed this story, Elise's story is sad and heartbreaking, Lucy's story is filled with love for her grandfather and regrets she did not spend more time with him while he was alive.
I like the characters and it was a well written story. I felt for all the families impacted by the war, and especially Hank. Lucy was a fun character and brought some spark into the story. It was a good read and I would recommend it.
Thanks to Marina McCarron, Aria & Aries, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a complimentary copy of the book for my honest review.
Thank you to Net Galley and Aria & Aries for the chance to read and review this book. The opinions expressed are my own.
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and this one did not disappoint. The story includes two story lines. There is the story of 16 year old Elise who lives in 1937 during the War, and the other story line involves Lucy who is living in 2009. The author does a great job of bringing their stories together. I liked this story, but felt a little sorry for Hank. I'm glad he had such a strong relationship with Lucy. I recommend this book if you like to read historical fiction.
The time between us by Marina McCarron is a fabulous, emotional historical story set in two timelines. Elise living in Esperance, France in 1936 and Lucy living in America in 2009.
The story starts with William dying on the beaches in Normandy and his friend Hank promises him that he will keep his word and look after Elise.
Elise lives with her mother Marianne and works in the local bakery. She lives a sheltered life until she meets William the love of her life.
Way forward to 2009 tells us about Lucy who is getting over her grandfather’s death by going to France to see where her great grandfather walked and died all of them years ago.
Although each story is separate at the beginning, they become intertwined through the years that go by.
This is a beautiful written story or war; love and loss and it is well written for a debut novel. It pulled me in from the first page and I loved the story of Elise, her working in the bakery and her spending time in the library in the first part of the book. But than thought she got a bit self-centred. She wasn’t the only one that suffered loss in the time of war. I was also expecting a bit more at the ending. Don’t get me wrong it was okay but the rest of the book was amazing, but I thought the ending was a bit flat. 4.5 stars from me.
Two Stories start this book; Elise living in France in 1936 and Lucy living in America in 2009.
Dual timeline books are some of my favorites; I love being able to see the connections of people with generations between them.
The very start of this book is beautifully written in that it gives us an insight that is rarely seen, from the eyes of a soldier coming off the boats at Normandy. After this, we are given a glimpse into the hardships faced by those living in Occupied Europe between the start of the war and the way it ended for many.
I loved Elise in the beginning, she is taking care of her mother while working in a bakery and immersing herself in books; all while living at the start of this horrific war. There was just a certain point where I could not find compassion for her anymore; but I feel like this also shows us how not everyone handled the war and its effects as well as others did.
Lucy on the other hand is a beautiful character throughout the whole of her side of this story. She treks to France from Boston on a journey she was meant to take with her grandfather before his death. She visits Omaha Beach, where her grandfather landed, and is able to use this connection to get a sense of what it was for him at this time. She has her own emotional journey to go on during this trip, and it is a beautifully written road of self discovery.
This book was longer than I anticipated (not a bad thing); but this is because the secondary section to this story that focuses on Hank (Lucy's grandfather), as well as the end (well start) of Lucy's story. We get to see a wonderful friend, father, and grandfather; and even though it is written from his thoughts, you can see how great of a man he was, even after the disaster of WW2.
Thank you to Marina McCarron, Aria & Aries, and NetGalley for the ARC of this book!
This is a poignant story of war, love and family. Told with a dual timeline and in two parts it spans 65 years. I know I am supposed to like And have great sympathy for Elise but I could only like her for the first quarter of the book. After that I found her selfish and cold, even with the way the author described her I just couldn’t like her. On the other hand, Hank is a wonderful character as is Lucy.
The historical parts of the book were emotional and heartbreaking. Hank was such an admirable man and such an amazing parent and grandfather. He is somebody I would have liked to known if he was real. The storyline was great and the author wrote it in a wonderful manner. The relationship between Lucy and Hank was magical. The ending was disappointing though and left me hoping there is going to be another book in this series. I was looking forward to a somewhat predictable ending but alas it didn’t happen. It would have been a perfect book had it ended differently.
If you like WWII books then you will love this one. Thank you to Aria Books for the invitation to read the excellent book via NetGalley
“Bullets sing. He never knew that. If he listens closely he can hear every single one of them.”
I had to go back and double-check that this amazing story was written by a debut author! Seriously, this is a fantastic book - my interest was held from page one to the final page. I think what initially hooked me and kept me invested was the incredible visceral narrative and the inclusion of the five senses in her writing. Never before have I read an account of a soldier storming the beach at Normandy. McCarron was able to capture the sights, smells, sounds, touch and tastes to the extent that I felt I was in the soldier’s boots. It was phenomenal! This style was carried through the narrative.
Told in a dual timeline, this story alternates between France 1936 and Boston 2009. The author engages readers in a historical family saga that explores how the war affected both those fighting and those left behind. In a rarely written perspective, readers are pulled into Operation Overlord through the eyes of a soldier as well as a young woman in Normandy. One experiences June 6, 1944, from Omaha Beach and one one the same day from the village of Esperance. Both cope with the lasting effects of this 1944 campaign for the invasion of Europe. The protagonist in the second timeline also experiences Omaha Beach, but as a tourist trying to find her grandfather’s best friend’s marker.
I was emotionally wrung out by the end of the book. McCarron magnificently taps into her readers’ emotions as the war plays out in the LaCroix and Hardwick and Corrigan families. I think this is the best book out there that gives readers a glimpse into the ‘keep calm and carry on’ wartime attitude and allows them to draw their own conclusions as to whether this sentiment was a healthy one or not.
“Fate is what happens when you abdicate responsibility for your life. Destiny is when you get to a good end by making good decisions.”
How ironic that Elise LaCroix was born and lived in a little village in Normandy named Esperance - the French word origin for the English derivative of ‘hope.’ You’ll have to read this spectacular book to discover if Elise was a victim of fate or destiny. The poignancy of the publication date was not lost on me!
This magnificently written, five-star historical fiction must be on your radar come November 11, 2021.
I was gifted this advance copy by Marina McCarron, Aria & Aries, and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.
The Time Between Us by Marina McCarron
Two women , Elsie in 1937 who is enjoying a romance with American William at the cusp of war.
Lucy in 2009 , living in Boston and grieving the loss of her grandfather.
I enjoyed reading about the lives of both of these women and thought the author did the timelines perfectly to fit both characters.
The link between the two was poignant and emotionally complex . Loved it.
I love these types of books that go back and forth between generations. I loved reading about both young women and their different experiences in the generation they grew up, but also no matter what the generational gap just how we are still dealing with the same things and what the same things out of life. A very beautiful read. I highly recommend this one. I really like the writers style and look forward to her future books.