Between

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A time-travel love story between a girl who dies in a car accident and the 18th century Scottish Highlander who comes to take her to heaven. More

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About Cyndi Tefft

Cyndi Tefft lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest where the weather is overcast and rainy, much like the Highlands of Scotland. So she was right at home when she got the chance to visit Eilean Donan Castle in May 2010.

A self-proclaimed Scot freak, she loved every bit about the trip to Scotland: the people, the kilts, the accents, the fish & chips, the haggis...well okay, not the haggis.

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Review by: Chrystal M on Aug. 6, 2012 :
First I just want to say this book is for more mature teens (late teens, early twenties or older) - there is more than just romance that happens in the books, so it may be for more mature audiences.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - I was drawn in right away with the whole idea of being stuck in the between with a Transporter (someone who helps you on your way between Earth and Heaven). Some people do not enjoy those love at first sight or lust at first sight type stories, but I do. I believe in soul mates and the possibility of finding that one true love, so this book really made me breathless when Lindsey falls so passionately in love with Aiden, her Transporter. (PS I am a sucker for the name Aiden). It was like they were drawn together by magnets. They just had this natural flow about them from the moment they met - it was just like watching any couple falling in love, but maybe on fast forward a bit. Who could blame her though - one look at the smoking hot Highlander and I think any girls heart would melt. Something about a man in a kilt with an accent. Hmmm.

Lindsey is supposedly the one who can help Aiden redeem himself to God for his sins. They have no idea how this will work and are worried everyday that she will be taken to Heaven too soon, so they spend every waking moment together learning about each other and time travelling to memories to share with each other - including Versailles, Paris, Scotland and Seattle. My heart broke with the couple when they are torn apart, but forces unknown. I literally could feel the pain they each must have been feeling to have found true love and then have it ripped away so quickly.

Following Lindsey through her grief was tormenting, because it felt so real. It is written exactly how I imagine it would feel. Such a deep pang in your heart and despair that feels never ending. There is a line that Father O'Malley says to Lindsey when she seeks him out for guidance that struck me.

"When I perform a marriage ceremony," he said. "I use the phrase 'Til death do you part,' but in your case, life is what has parted you and Aiden." --- "You need to grieve, my child. You have lost the man that you love, whether through life or death."

I think the separation is probably much harder then if they actually had lost one another to true death. This story is absolutely the sweetest story and I shed quite a few tears along the way hoping and wishing they would somehow find one another again. I can't wait until the sequel comes out to see what the future holds for Lindsey and Aiden.
(http://www.snowdropdreams.ca/2011/05/review-between-by-cyndi-tefft.html)
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Jackie O on July 22, 2012 :
Didn't know what to expect when I started this book. The first half of the book felt long and drawn out for me. There was too many going back and forth between the past and what was happening to Lindsey. Lindsey was sad that she died and cried a bit. She thought about her parents for a second. After she met Aiden she forgot everything. All that mattered to her them was that she was attracted to Aiden, wanted to stay with him and wanted to lose her virginity to him.

Aiden is a transporter who transport people to the gates of heaven. He's not allowed into heaven till he finds the woman who will get him in, his one true love. Lindsey is that person. She doesn't care that she's dead after spending a few minutes with Aiden. She doesn't want to move on and go to heaven. She wants to be stuck in the in between with Aiden. He's all that matters to her.

I liked the second half of the book much better. Linsey seem more real with what she was going through. I like how Lindsey holds on to her faith even though she's angry at God. Like the message of faith and never losing it even when you've lost someone you love. I could relate with what Lindsey was going through, her pain after losing Aiden, her consuming grief. I've been there after losing loved ones and it's not easy. That was beautifully written because it was real. It's what people go through when losing someone you really love.

The second part made me understand why Lindsey preferred to stay with Aiden. Her parents are divorced and stick her in the middle of their problems.

Overall I enjoyed the book. I like how it didn't shy away from religion and how Lindsey and Aiden turned to God when they lost each other. I would recommend this book. It flows nicely and is well written.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Review by: Linda on June 13, 2012 :
Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/review-between-by-cyndi-tefft/

Truth be told, this was the first review request I’d ever had. And it would make sense that it would come from a self-published author, considering that self-published novels tend to get a smaller audience. I’m never sure what to expect of self-published novels; at least with published novels, I know that at least a pretty important group of people actually liked that book. But with self-published novels, all I know is that the author liked it. I generally don’t know the opinions of any other people.

Between was different from what I normally expect of paranormal romances. There was an unfinished feel to it that lacked the cleanliness left behind by brutal editors. In fact, this book almost gave me the feeling that I was reading fanfiction.

A huge part of books is plot. Plot is almost everything. It’s what happens in the book. And I felt as though Between was a little lacking in that area. I felt like the beginning was too fast-paced for me: as soon as I opened the book, suddenly Lindsey, the protagonist, gets into a car accident that kills her. Then, after she meets Aiden, her love interest, they immediately have this connection. And all that time, I was just thinking that they needed to stomp on the brakes and actually develop a love for each other.

I do think, though, that the plot became more interesting to me as the story winded on. I was getting bored with all this romance talk in the beginning, but then there was a turning point that stopped me from giving this book one star. I got to see Lindsey’s relationship with her parents and her friends more. I got to see how Lindsey copes with loss and hurt and anger. I got to see something more realistic. And I love that.

I felt completely overwhelmed by the description in this book. If you ask me, novels are all about action, not description. Description is good, yes, when not used too much. But this book was just chock-full of it.

The setting of this book takes place in both modern and medieval times. And considering the amount of description Cyndi Tefft added into her novel, I feel as if she did an amazing job with setting. Modern United States and then Ireland and France in the 1700s felt completely natural to me. I could easily believe living in those times. (On a side note though, something passed through my mind while I was reading a sort-of flashback for Lindsey. Were iPods really out – and popular – when Lindsey was fourteen? After all, she’s a college student now.)

And lastly, the characters. When I was only about halfway through the book, I thought that Lindsey was a flat, one-sided character. She was only concerned about Aiden, Aiden, Aiden; and I felt like gagging at times. But then the turning point changed my mind; Lindsey became something more realistic. She became more of a person and not just a book character to me. She became stronger. Braver.

Aiden was a more interesting character, I believe. (Which is not a good sign. When the female protagonist is less interesting to me than the love interest, my mind screams of Twilight, which is pretty much my lowest standards.) Aiden seemed to be well-rounded; he was caring and loving for his family and regretful for his past. I loved him ten times more than I liked Lindsey, though he still ranks pretty low on my hottest love interest list. Though I do admit that I wouldn’t be able to resist that accent.

All in all, Between was a very interesting read for me. Though I wasn’t completely satisfied with how fast-paced and sometimes clichéd it was in the beginning, gradually I warmed up to the book and enjoyed it thoroughly.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Linda on June 13, 2012 :
Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/review-between-by-cyndi-tefft/

Truth be told, this was the first review request I’d ever had. And it would make sense that it would come from a self-published author, considering that self-published novels tend to get a smaller audience. I’m never sure what to expect of self-published novels; at least with published novels, I know that at least a pretty important group of people actually liked that book. But with self-published novels, all I know is that the author liked it. I generally don’t know the opinions of any other people.

Between was different from what I normally expect of paranormal romances. There was an unfinished feel to it that lacked the cleanliness left behind by brutal editors. In fact, this book almost gave me the feeling that I was reading fanfiction.

A huge part of books is plot. Plot is almost everything. It’s what happens in the book. And I felt as though Between was a little lacking in that area. I felt like the beginning was too fast-paced for me: as soon as I opened the book, suddenly Lindsey, the protagonist, gets into a car accident that kills her. Then, after she meets Aiden, her love interest, they immediately have this connection. And all that time, I was just thinking that they needed to stomp on the brakes and actually develop a love for each other.

I do think, though, that the plot became more interesting to me as the story winded on. I was getting bored with all this romance talk in the beginning, but then there was a turning point that stopped me from giving this book one star. I got to see Lindsey’s relationship with her parents and her friends more. I got to see how Lindsey copes with loss and hurt and anger. I got to see something more realistic. And I love that.

I felt completely overwhelmed by the description in this book. If you ask me, novels are all about action, not description. Description is good, yes, when not used too much. But this book was just chock-full of it.

The setting of this book takes place in both modern and medieval times. And considering the amount of description Cyndi Tefft added into her novel, I feel as if she did an amazing job with setting. Modern United States and then Ireland and France in the 1700s felt completely natural to me. I could easily believe living in those times. (On a side note though, something passed through my mind while I was reading a sort-of flashback for Lindsey. Were iPods really out – and popular – when Lindsey was fourteen? After all, she’s a college student now.)

And lastly, the characters. When I was only about halfway through the book, I thought that Lindsey was a flat, one-sided character. She was only concerned about Aiden, Aiden, Aiden; and I felt like gagging at times. But then the turning point changed my mind; Lindsey became something more realistic. She became more of a person and not just a book character to me. She became stronger. Braver.

Aiden was a more interesting character, I believe. (Which is not a good sign. When the female protagonist is less interesting to me than the love interest, my mind screams of Twilight, which is pretty much my lowest standards.) Aiden seemed to be well-rounded; he was caring and loving for his family and regretful for his past. I loved him ten times more than I liked Lindsey, though he still ranks pretty low on my hottest love interest list. Though I do admit that I wouldn’t be able to resist that accent.

All in all, Between was a very interesting read for me. Though I wasn’t completely satisfied with how fast-paced and sometimes clichéd it was in the beginning, gradually I warmed up to the book and enjoyed it thoroughly.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Jessica Torres on Feb. 20, 2012 :
Oh what do I say about Between? Let's see. Hot Scottish guy named Aiden, who also happens to be the Grim Reaper. Check. Sweet, quirky and completely lovable protagonist. Check. Story that will have you devouring the pages and getting teary eyed. Triple check! There's everything to love about Between, and I only hope that my review does it even a minute amount of justice. I'll give it a shot!

First off, the characters were by far my favorite part. Lindsey was, I think, the perfect protagonist for this story. She is tough, despite her emotional side, and full of snark and sweetness mixed together. I enjoyed her voice as the narrator, and it made this book a pleasure to read. Then, of course, there is hunky and lovely Aiden. A grim reaper of sorts, Aiden transports souls between limbo and heaven. Unfortunately for him, he's so adorable and sweet that Lindsey falls for him. The chemistry between these two crackles off the page. A little sweet, a whole lot of sexy, these two are hard not to fall in love with.

My one gripe, and this is a minor one, is that Lindsey fell for Aiden so quickly! I ended up chalking it up to the fact that she was indeed dead. Perhaps it was her way of latching on to someone special, especially someone who would take such good care of her. Aiden definitely shows that he is worth falling in love with. From the way he treats her, to the way his inner thoughts are always of her, he's one amazing guy. I guess the rational part of me was slightly at war with the romantic side of me. After all, without romance what is there in the world?

Story wise, Between is expertly crafted. Cyndi Tefft draws you in with Lindsey's likability and then keeps you there with the romance between her and her sizzling protector. Just when you think you understand exactly what is going on between these two, something happens and you'll be right back to devouring each page. Oh, and the ending, oh the ending. If you are a sap, like I am, I recommend you grab yourself some tissues and perhaps even some chocolate. This is a perfectly beautiful and cathartic read. Lindsey learns so much about herself, it makes you think about your life too.

I'm not generally a romance gal. Give me fantasy, with wars and dragons, and we'll talk! However I have to admit that when Cyndi Tefft asked me to review Between what most drew me in was the idea of a grim reaper. I hadn't seen that done before, where could it lead? Add in the fact that he is a hot grim reaper, complete with Scottish accent, and you have me hooked. I cannot explain enough how much I adored this book! If there is more romance out there like this, please point me in that direction and don't come looking for me.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Review by: Jessica Torres on Feb. 20, 2012 :
Oh what do I say about Between? Let's see. Hot Scottish guy named Aiden, who also happens to be the Grim Reaper. Check. Sweet, quirky and completely lovable protagonist. Check. Story that will have you devouring the pages and getting teary eyed. Triple check! There's everything to love about Between, and I only hope that my review does it even a minute amount of justice. I'll give it a shot!

First off, the characters were by far my favorite part. Lindsey was, I think, the perfect protagonist for this story. She is tough, despite her emotional side, and full of snark and sweetness mixed together. I enjoyed her voice as the narrator, and it made this book a pleasure to read. Then, of course, there is hunky and lovely Aiden. A grim reaper of sorts, Aiden transports souls between limbo and heaven. Unfortunately for him, he's so adorable and sweet that Lindsey falls for him. The chemistry between these two crackles off the page. A little sweet, a whole lot of sexy, these two are hard not to fall in love with.

My one gripe, and this is a minor one, is that Lindsey fell for Aiden so quickly! I ended up chalking it up to the fact that she was indeed dead. Perhaps it was her way of latching on to someone special, especially someone who would take such good care of her. Aiden definitely shows that he is worth falling in love with. From the way he treats her, to the way his inner thoughts are always of her, he's one amazing guy. I guess the rational part of me was slightly at war with the romantic side of me. After all, without romance what is there in the world?

Story wise, Between is expertly crafted. Cyndi Tefft draws you in with Lindsey's likability and then keeps you there with the romance between her and her sizzling protector. Just when you think you understand exactly what is going on between these two, something happens and you'll be right back to devouring each page. Oh, and the ending, oh the ending. If you are a sap, like I am, I recommend you grab yourself some tissues and perhaps even some chocolate. This is a perfectly beautiful and cathartic read. Lindsey learns so much about herself, it makes you think about your life too.

I'm not generally a romance gal. Give me fantasy, with wars and dragons, and we'll talk! However I have to admit that when Cyndi Tefft asked me to review Between what most drew me in was the idea of a grim reaper. I hadn't seen that done before, where could it lead? Add in the fact that he is a hot grim reaper, complete with Scottish accent, and you have me hooked. I cannot explain enough how much I adored this book! If there is more romance out there like this, please point me in that direction and don't come looking for me.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Review by: Alana Rock on Feb. 19, 2012 :
4 of 5 stars
Read in February, 2012

Overview:
Lindsey is torn between two worlds: in one, she is a college student with a boyfriend that loves her and divorced parents. And by accident she is catapulted into the other, a fantastical world of imaginations and a hot Scottish hunk of highlander that speaks French to boot. Aiden ferries souls from their death to heaven. As she spends time with Aiden, her love begins to grow and blossom. Can love transcend the boundaries between life and death? And what if it was until 'life' do you part?

What I Thought
This is a charming story that quickly sucks you in. I found myself eagerly reading this book, fighting sleep to get just a little more in. The main characters (and even secondary characters like her parents) are well established in the book, and very likeable. Well... her mom may have been a harder sell on the likeable, but in the end she was. I just got so caught up in the story, trips to France during the "Sun King's" reign, remembered trips to Seattle lead to interesting reactions to cars and phones and such on Aiden's part. It ended up being a sweet, heartfelt romantic story that whisks you away with it's pages.

The down side, I can find one in just about any book. In Between, it's a very vanilla romance- don't read this expecting a 'bodice ripper', although there most definitely are sexual overtones. Think of the device used in movies where you see the couple kissing and making out, then the camera slides off to a view of the curtains blowing in the wind; Between is that kind of book. There is some 'hot and heavy' time, but there is NO ... smut for lack of a better word. I still really enjoyed it, and would recommend it to others; but I admit, I wanted smut. Really I did... it had all the ingredients for a good 'roll in hey' but we would only get to see them kiss, then head off for the hey.

So if you are looking for a vanilla romance story that is life affirming, and paints a loving, kind view of God and the afterlife (for those that would go to heaven, anyway) then I highly recommend trying out this book. If you are looking solely for sex, you may need to find your highlander six elsewhere.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
Review by: sephirial on Feb. 10, 2012 :
Ok, so I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, the premise was what sucked me in originally. A hot grim reaper you could fall in love with? Sign me up! On the other hand, I felt that the book didn't live up to it's true potential.

Starting off with the plot, I felt pacing could use a bit of work. It was never unbearably boring but there were parts that I felt dragged on a bit, especially towards the end. I also felt that there was no real tension in the form of challenges for the characters. The romance had virtually no development which I really hate in books. The leads went from strangers to using the "L word" before even reaching the middle of the book so I couldn't really believe in their love. Suspension of disbelief only goes so far.

Also, I felt there could have been a bit more explanation regarding why God did what he does rather than simply 'god works in mysterious ways'.

This is not to say the book was terrible. On the contrary, I thought that the narrative was fairly well written and descriptive. The characters could have used a bit more development but the reader does get to see into their pasts and understand their history which helps with understanding the characters themselves. I'll admit I didn't fall in love with the characters like I do in some books but I didn't find them desperately annoying either which is good. Overall, I'd say it was a good debut effort and I look forward to seeing this author's writing improve. A 2.5 out of 5 stars.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Deb Novack on Jan. 24, 2012 :
I have not started many books with the death of a main character. But this was not Lindsey's end it was her beginning. She wakes up in a beautiful field with Aiden, the Highlander. It was great to see a story where love can begin after a life has ended. It was a wonderful learning experience for both characters. The book did have some Christian references, but it did not diminish my enjoyment of the book.

Between is a wonderful story of love, romance and redemption. I recommend this book for everyone who wants to be enchanted just for a little while.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
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