The Time in Between (Magdalene, #3) by Kristen Ashley
After a painful loss, Cady Moreland is coming to Magdalene to start the next chapter of her life. A chapter that began eighteen years ago but had a heartbreaking ending. The time in between was full of family and friendship, but Cady could never get the man she fell in love with all those years ago out of her heart.
Coert Yeager has learned to live without the girl who entered his life right when she shouldn’t and exited delivering a crippling blow he never would have suspected. The time in between was full of failing to find what he was missing…and life-altering betrayal.
But when that girl shows up in Magdalene and buys the town’s beloved lighthouse, even if Coert wants to avoid her, he can’t. A fire in town sparks a different kind of flame that won’t be ignored.
As Cady and Coert question the actions of the two young adults they once were thrown into earth-shattering circumstances, can they learn from what came in between and find each other again?
This was another audiobook selection for me. Both parts were narrated by Erin Mallon, and one thing that I will say is that Erin Mallon does a great job at voice acting all the characters, even Coert’s. She also puts a lot of emotion into her reading, so you feel like you’re experiencing the drama right along with Cady and Coert.
Now, I’m a sucker for drama. I don’t like to be in it, but damn if I don’t love sitting back and watching it unfold. Know what’s great about audiobooks? Your hands are free to hold the popcorn and Coke so you can kick back and enjoy the show. The Time In Between has drama galore.
Unfortunately, Cady and Coert make it hard for you to love them. I liked them, I just couldn’t love them. There were multiple things that just made me scratch my head because I didn’t buy the reasoning behind some of their actions.
Of the two, Cady is more likeable. She hasn’t had a horrible life, but it wasn’t ideal either. She had modest ambitions and good intentions, but she also made way too many excuses for people who behaved badly or treated her like shit. And that extends to Coert. I’m still not sure how she thought the avenue she took with Patrick was a good idea. There were so many other options she or Patrick could have taken for her to be part of his family. And, then not hunting down Coert when he came for her lies solely on her shoulders. For me to like her she needed more of a backbone and to be less enabling. But, in terms of drama, she delivered.
Coert just rubbed me the wrong way right from the start. He was just an asshole. He became more likeable as the story went on, but at the beginning, I did not like him. He placed Cady in a tenuous position through his actions and his lies and then ultimately walked away. To then hold her accountable for everything wrong in their relationship was cowardly and just downright bullshit. Whether right or wrong, I expect the women to be emotional and hightail it out of town when they misinterpret something, but Coert wasn’t even interested in talking let alone an explanation from Cady, which was just hypocritical as hell. Of anyone, he should know that appearances are not always correct. It took another man laying out what happened for him to listen.
Patrick’s kids and grandkids were one of the best parts of this book. Their mistrust of Cady when she came into their lives was understandable. Their gradual warming to Cady was believable and I loved that they became her champions. Coert should have held that place from the word go when his Captain ordered him to do something he knew was wrong. I also enjoyed the inclusion of the Hot Bunch, the Rock Chicks and Hawk Delgado’s group. It was a nice wrap up to the Magdalene trilogy and a neat way to make the connections between the other Ashley series.
As a trilogy, the series was entertaining. But, of the trilogy couples, Cady and Coert were not my favorites. They were a necessary part of the trilogy to get the complete story. But my favorite couple of the series continues to be Jake and Josephine.