The Space Between Words

Thomas Nelson. Sept. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780718086442. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780718086459. CF
OrangeReviewStarAfter surviving a terrorist bombing at a Paris nightclub, Jessica feels as though her life is over. It is only through encouragement from her friend Patrick that she is able to continue on their trip to the south of France. At a flea market, she finds a document hidden in an antique that details the life of Adeline Baillard, a young woman who managed to endure during the persecution of the Huguenots, French Protestants. Needing to focus on something other than the horror of the attack, Jessica begins researching the Baillard family and their amazing tale of survival amidst awful loss. Adeline's story helps Jessica reframe her own terrible experience.
VERDICT Phoenix's (Of Stillness and Storm) powerful and compelling novel reflects how the past can give us hope for the future. A surprising plot twist adds a bittersweet flavor. Fluid writing and seamless transitions from history to the present make this the author's best book yet.

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