The Between

“We all wander in from time to time.”

 Michele Smith isn’t that little girl who felt like an outcast in her family. She’s a smart, successful woman who has made her own family circle. She had it all until one day when her world turned upside down with the unexpected death of her only child.

This sent Michele wheeling down the dark path of grief. Now with the announcement that her husband of eight years was leaving her, she finds herself struggling with despondence while wallowing deeper inside her despair.
When her mother, Ruth forces Michele to attend the yearly Family reunion it only exacerbates her feelings of loneliness and deepens her misery. Allowing those same old feelings of being a outcast to resurface.
But it’s actually here among kinfolk that Michele will have her eyes opened to what family truly means.
In her search for solitude, what Michele finds instead is something she never thought she would receive, forgiveness.


Everyone at some point feels like the black sheep of their family and it seems Michele is no different. I wonder if we, as people, sometimes project how we feel about ourselves onto others and blame them for feelings they may not actually have. Add in an intense sense of grief and you have The Between.

I won’t giveaway the full meaning of the Between, but I’ve been there and I know others have too. This story is a typical triumph for this author. She has a talent for not only building emotion, but for expressing it and evoking reactions to it. This story is a long emotional journey through the altered perception of someone who is lost and hurting.

This isn’t the kind of story I typically read and was uncomfortable with the style, but after it was all said and done, the uplifting message won my heart. For those who read books like this all the time, I’m sure this would be quite a treat. This is a short story that packs quite a bit of punch in the category of drama.

I recommend this story to adult readers of fictional dramas and even non-fiction biographies and memoirs.

Toi Thomas author of Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel

“This inspirational story was written straight from the heart. Ms. Rankin has created a believable character that the reader is able to care for. For instance, I could feel the young woman’s anguish & pain & wanted to reach out to her.I believe, this book will be a comfort to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one & has experienced the between first hand.” Chris Jean Clark author of RED

“This was a heart wrenching story about love, loss, and forgiveness; and gave it a happy ending.” Debbie Lacy author of Elements of love

“Very nice story, the notion of the Between is compelling, something that we all experience.” Jennifer Burlock author of Baker’s Field


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