Tuesday, March 12, 2024

BETWEEN YOU AND US by Kendra Broekhuis, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

What a stunning debut with a curious time-altering aspect.
This was a unique blend of heartache, humanity, humor and the unexpected.

Leona is thrust into an alternative life after she tragically loses her four month old daughter, Vera. The author provides an authentic picture of the grief over the death of a child and the yearning for what might have been. It took me back to my own experiences of birthing my children and my miscarriages.

I loved the scenes with toddler Vera, they were endearing. My favorite character was husband David who gave so much love in a distressing time. In both time periods he clearly loved Leona and wanted the best for them. The scenes of their courtship and early marriage was full of fun and easy banter, providing a relief from the angst. But it was the struggle that Leona went through that was so arresting. She was forced to confront her relationships with her friends and family members.

This was an exceptional story that was part women’s fiction, part romance and part speculative fiction. It had a faint faith thread and was a clean read.
* A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Multinomah through NetGalley. All opinions are mine alone.* 5 stars and a faint faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
When a grieving woman unexpectedly steps into a different version of her life, she must choose between the husband she loves and the daughter she lost in this brave, gripping novel.

Two possible lives to live. One impossible choice to make.

When Leona Warlon heads across the city to meet her husband, David, for a rare dinner out, she hopes they can share a moment of relief after their year of loss. But Leona quickly realizes this is no ordinary date night. She hasn’t just stepped into an upscale ristorante; she’s stepped into a different version of her life. One in which her marriage is no longer tender, in which her days are pressured by her powerful in-laws, and in which her precious baby girl lived.

Now Leona must weigh the bitter and sweet of both trajectories, facing an unimaginable choice: Stay in a world where tragedy hasn’t struck but where the meaningful life she built with David is gone? Or return to a reality that’s filled with struggle and sorrow but also deep and enduring love? 

Waterbrook Publishing, March 2024
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