Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Violette Between

I began Violette Between with a healthy dose of skepticism. I'd never read any books by the author, Alison Strobel (though I do read her blog). The cover screamed "women's fiction" and I'd been bored by that genre before. The last book I'd read with a coma/dream sequence had been a self-published monstrosity. And characters named Violette, Alexine, and Xavier - I love odd names, but it seemed a little much.

I got through the first chapters - introspective beginning . . . okay, anticlimactic fall, seemingly rushed diagnosis. And then the love stories began, and I was caught up in their telling.

Christian, who gave up on God six years ago when he lost his wife, can't bear to imagine what losing Violette would do to him. Though their relationship had a difficult start and still is rocky, he loves her. His scenes mix his current pain with memories of getting to know Violette.

Violette, trapped in a coma, finds herself reliving her past with Saul, the man she loved and married. As the scenes continue, she knows she doesn't want to lose him again. But can she stay in this in-between place forever?

I ended up falling in love with this novel, and I'm sure you will too. Recommended.

3 comments:

Alison Strobel Morrow said...

Hi Katie! Thanks so much for your review of Violette Between, and for posting for the blog tour. I'm glad to see you enjoyed the book! I hope whatever else I write wins your approval as well. :)

-Alison
blog.alisonstrobel.com

urstruly ==> Alexine said...

ummm, not 2 be rude or anything but my name is alexine and it apparently has a meaning next to alexandria and alexander!therefore its not exactly an odd name!same goes 4 my surname. It may be Chiau but the hanyu pinyin form of it would be Zhao, a most HONORABLE SURNAME as it belonged to my great granpa who was a magistrate(not sure how 2 spell)in Hainan, China!!!!! I think I need 2 chill...

Katie Hart said...

Hi, Alexine! I wasn't trying to pick on your name - I was using odd in the sense of "not common". I'd never heard of the name before reading this book (and I'm the type to scan through baby name books in search of unusual names). Thanks for stopping by!

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