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Smashwords book reviews by Nina Bermudez
on June 09, 2011
Between by Cyndi Tefft would have been just a typical love story if it weren't for the twists and turns that this novel take. Ms. Tefft has certainly done a great job creating a beautiful, touching, emotional, and engaging book that not just talks about love in the emotional and romantic sense, but also in the spiritual.
Between is the story of Lindsey, who gets into a car accident and finds herself with a mysterious handsome Scott, Aiden MacRae, whose job as a transporter is to take the dead souls to heaven. But instead of taking her to heaven straightaway, the two fall in love.
I did not like Lindsey at first. She appeared flat and more caricature-like, until she revealed her memories to Aiden and gave the readers the opportunity to get to know her deeper. When I finally understood her, it was with a happy acceptance and somehow, I saw bits of myself in her. I guess everyone would, as there is a little of Lindsey in all of us. She has this ability to make the best in every situation, an admirable trait in a person who has experienced probably the most traumatic event in his/her life.
Like Lindsey, I feared that I would not like the story much. It sounded too predictable and exhausted. However, as I got to read more I found myself really getting into the book and loving the characters and feeling as they felt. The twists and turns that this novel too were unrealistically realistic that for a moment, I sympathized so much with Lindsey and even found myself tearing up in the oddest times. The plot was very simple, but this simplicity was what made it more alive and vivid; on the other hand, the turn of events provided the complexity that this story needed and which sustained the reader's interest.
Fair bit of warning, though: This book contained a lot of Christian references, if only because of Lindsey's faith. Of course, you can't talk about death without dealing with the spiritual ideals and in my opinion, Ms. Tefft certainly did a great job in handling this part of the premise with finesse and understanding. She did not just insert these religious attributes for the sake of talking the readers into converting or anything like that, she mentioned Christianity in a way that a person talks about going to the doctor when you're sick - she's not telling you to accept and do the same, but just letting you know the options. If you're a stickler for spiritual neutrality, then you might want to steer clear from this book, although I'd still appeal to you to give this book a chance, it might just surprise you.
Overall, I loved Between by Cyndi Tefft. I loved the harmonious mix of the spiritual and emotional to create this special, well-written novel.