The In-Between Hour by Barbara Claypole White

The In-Between Hour

What could be worse than losing your child? Having to pretend he's still alive...Bestselling author Will Shepard is caught in the twilight of grief, after his young son dies in a car accident. But when his father's aging mind erases the memory, Will rewrites the truth. The story he spins brings unexpected relief…until he's forced to return to rural North Carolina, trapping himself in a lie. Holistic veterinarian Hannah Linden is a healer who op...

Details The In-Between Hour

TitleThe In-Between Hour
Release DateDec 31st, 2013
PublisherHarlequin MIRA
GenreFiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews The In-Between Hour

  • Sharon Mariampillai
    This was an interesting read. Hannah Linden and Will Shepard are two people who are broken when they first meet. The book deals with grief, and mental illness. It was really well-written. The characters are really compelling and well-characterized. This book tugs on the heartstrings. I really liked Barbara Claypole White's writing style. She really delivered a story about love, redemption and grief. I can't wait to read more books by this author....
  • Barbara Davis
    I was fortunate enough to recieve an advance copy of Barbara Claypole White's THE IN BETWEEN HOUR, and was struck by the author's ability to climb down into the skin of her damaged and complex characters. She enters thier hearts and heads with such genuine feeling, probing wounds and exposing scars in a way that makes it impossible not to keep turning pages. The In Between Hour is a beautifully woven story of grief and guilt, of second guessing a...
  • Kathryn
    I really liked this book, it wasn't all easy reading, there were issues explored that some might find it hard to be with, yet I loved the characters, the setting and the way in which the author explored love and heartbreak. Also how childhood impacts on us as adults. A story of unconditional love and some heartbreak. The characters will long stay with me.
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    An emotional story of the struggle to survive tragedy, grief and loss, The In-Between Hour probably wasn't the best choice of reading for the festive season, but it was a compelling and thought provoking novel which ultimately reveals a message of healing and hope. Will Shepard is mired in grief after the death of his five year old son in a horrific car accident, and he doesn't have the heart to repeat the news to his father whose Alzheimer's all...
  • Wendy Vargo-Burr
    I was very fortunate to have won and ARC copy of this book from the author. Every bit as compelling as her first novel, The Unfinished Garden, if not more so. What I find so compelling to me, is that it is very hard to "mourn" a loved one who is still alive. Much different than mourning someone who has actually passed. My mother has mental illness and has not spoken to me in years. I do not see her although I know she is alive, but mourning someo...
  • Kevin Kern
    A great story about the ravages of grief, dementia and depression. A delightful old man, who has CRS, a young author who is stove totally in by grief and a kindly vet, with her own passel of strays. I do not like to summarize stories, because I feel too much might be given away.This is a very good book, by a very good writer, who understands many mental issues and researches what she doesn't understand. I found the very beginning a little distrac...
  • KathyAnne
    I really wish I had been able to read this in one sitting... this is an emotional journey that is best read uninterrupted. But, even though I had to read this bit by bit it was still a very engaging and touching story that pulled me in each time I picked it back up. I love books that afford me an opportunity to stop and reflect on what is most important in life and this one touched on emotions that I haven't felt in a while but can relate too in ...
  • Normandie Fischer
    The in-between hour, the gloaming. A magical hour, the author calls it, where one is caught between possibilities and worlds. This becomes the perfect metaphor for so much in a story of characters who struggle with love, grief, madness, and the meaning of family. It took me a while to get into the book, but that’s my fault. I picked it up as a review copy while I was immersed in obligations that only allowed me to read in snatches. Once I hit m...
  • Sharon Chance
    I have been a fan of Barbara Claypole White's writing since I read her previous book, the brilliant "The Unfinished Garden." So I looked forward to her new book, "The In-Between Hour" with great anticipation - and I was not disappointed one bit! This novel, revolving around two families and their ongoing dramas, is written in many voices, but all circle back to the main theme of the sustaining love of family through troubled times. There are so m...
  • Isley Forrester
    I just finished reading The In-Between Hour. Absolute page turner worth staying up way past bedtime! I had a roller coaster of emotions hitting home because my child has special needs mixed in with OCD and mild depression. The book is mixed with raw emotions and beautiful words to set the tempo for real life that is not always rainbows and fairy tales. The unique twist of the book was the setting; I grew up 15 minutes from Hillsborough, NC and so...
  • Laura Spinella
    Barbara Claypole has a knack for the damaged. She writes about people and situations that lesser authors might shy away from. Her powerful, fluid and brilliant descriptions carry the characters and circumstance while intertwining their lives and creating, chapter by chapter, a story that has the reader mesmerized. Hannah and Galen and Jacob are well fleshed out, while her protagonist, Will, is equally represented, adding a serving of sexy intrigu...
  • Addison James
    What a wonderful book! It's about people finding help where it's needed. About families, about mental illness, about love. Best selling author Will is dealing with the sudden death of his young son and his father's dementia. No longer able to handle repeatedly telling his father of the boy's death, Will makes up a grand European vacation for his son to explain the boy's absence. Hope is found back in the North Carolina hometown that he fled ages ...
  • Priscille Sibley
    I had the privilege of reading an advanced reading copy of Barbara Claypole White's second novel, THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR. It is a stunning portrayal of love between parent and child and of how roles grow, evolve and transcend loss and age. White's gift with words is quickly making her one of my favorite authors.
  • Jill Anderson
    Absolutely loved this! Loved the "reality" of it--families aren't perfect--we love them anyway. Dreams we search so hard to track down, are sometimes right in front of us. The characters were vivid, the emotions, very real. I felt like I was living on the mountain with them, and it was a beautiful place to be!
  • Marilyn Brant
    The In-Between Hour is a touching, beautifully written novel of loss and hope that had me captivated from the first sentence until the last. Talented author Barbara Claypole White has crafted a cast of characters who are so genuine, so very human that they'll live in your memory as if they were your neighbors, your friends, your loved ones... Don't miss this insightful and moving story!
  • Erika Robuck
    Moving and absorbing novel of love forged in the midst of the greatest loss. The generational relationships are particularly touching, and the characters are memorable. Loved it.
  • Jan Crossen
    Authentic portrayal of This book is an authentic portrayal of family dynamics; of love, and loss, grief, and the healing power of connections. WOW, just WOW...
  • Karen
    I fell in love with all of the characters because of their flaws. They were doing the best they could. I wanted to hug each and every character.
  • Melinda S. Gallagher
    Great readThis is an honest story that at times is almost too real and shocking and other times a little predictable. Overall entertaining and captivating.
  • Amy
    4.5 stars.There are some tragedies that are almost too much to bear. Death of a child, for instance, is something so horrific and heart breaking that I struggle with reading books with that as a topic. (I've never been able to read The Shack, and I never will.)The In-Between Hour is about a man and a woman trying to overcome tragedies - and potential tragedies - involving their sons. And yet Barbara Claypole White manages to give us hope.Will She...
  • Kathy
    The In-Between Hour by Barbara Claypool White is an extremely emotional and poignant read. The various storylines converge into an incredibly powerful story of healing that I found impossible to put down. In the aftermath of losing his young son, Freddie, in a tragic accident, Will Shepard is deeply grieving his loss when he is forced to return to North Carolina to take care of his aging father Jacob. Will is planning a quick trip to settle his d...
  • Marian Szczepanski
    The In-Between Hour is a story about memories: those repeated, to oneself and others, in order to fondly preserve the past; those that fade and, maddeningly, are lost; and those that inflame or torment so acutely they become prisons for both heart and mind. Barbara Claypole White’s vividly rendered characters find themselves circling around their own closely held memories, unaware that the people around them possess a special, often surprising ...
  • Maryellen
    Sometimes when people come into your life, there's a reason. Holistic Veterinarian Hannah Linden met a disheveled woman in a parking lot. Years later that chance meeting would reveal its reason.Will Shepherd is a bestselling novelist living in New York City. The last thing he wants to do is return to the mountains and bad memories of his hometown in North Carolina but he is left with no choice. His father, Jacob, has caused quite a disturbance in...
  • Jen
    Will's son, Freddie, died almost 4 months ago but his aging father still asks about him. So Will lies, tells his dad, that Freddie is vacationing in Europe. It makes his life easier and his father happier.But then his dad, Jacob, gets kicked out of his nursing him, sending Will back to his old stomping grounds of rural North Carolina. There he meets Poppy & Hannah, and from there, his life changes.Told from alternating views (but all in the 3rd p...
  • Hollyberry
    I just finished reading this book, and am trying to put my thoughts in to words, and am finding it difficult to express how much I loved this book! The characters were so well done, and the scenery is so vivid I felt like I was there with them.I think my favourite character is Jacob, he is so alive and colourful even though he is getting older and losing his memory. He is so full of love, and really do what he thought was best for his son when he...
  • Ashley Farley
    The In-Between Hour is a haunting story of love, friendship, and family. The subject matter may be intense and the emotions raw, but the author’s message is loud and clear. Humans should never have to go it alone, either suffering through tragedies and disappointments or experiencing joys and accomplishments.While the synopsis does an adequate job of summing up the major points of plot, there is so much more to learn from the main characters’...
  • Laurel-Rain
    Hannah Linden and Will Shepard are two damaged souls, brought together by circumstances and bound by the legacies of their broken lives.Will, a best-selling author, has left Manhattan to go to North Carolina to deal with his aging father Jacob, who is being evicted from his assisted living home, while Hannah, a holistic veterinarian, is coping with her suicidal son Galen.Will is also carrying the burden of a deep dark secret, the loss of his five...
  • Kyetra Belton
    First, I need to thank TLC Book Tours and Barbara Claypole White for providing me with a free copy of this book to review. And I love the fact that Barbara took the time to autograph the copy before sending it out.When I started the book, I was hooked. It is beautifully written and characters and places truly come alive with her writing. The had a few themes that I think are really important. One of those is mental illness. Will's father is suffe...
  • Jill
    The In-Between Hour is an in-depth study of loss and healing woven together in a captivating story. Barbara Claypole White has succeeded in creating real life characters who have experienced despair and learn to transcend their pain to help one another. While this is a story of relationships, it is also a close look at the bond between parent and child, and the love, worry, pain and joy that it brings. BCW's intuitive understanding of human natur...
  • Beth Browne
    As much as I enjoyed Claypole-White's first book, I was nervous about the second book. The first book was tender and full of heart, with memorable characters and tough situations. Would the second book measure up? I'm happy to report that it did. This book seemed even a bit more smooth and easy, as if the author had finally relaxed into the job. Not that the book let me down at all, it didn't. It was just a pleasure to see how the author matured....