Between by Dora Hilburn (Young Adult, Paranormal)
Between is a love story, a ghost story, and a coming-of-age story. Seventeen-year-old Anna has inherited an old Victorian house in Florida, and she and her father have moved there from Chicago to fix it up and sell it. Anna is an introvert and perfectly happy to keep to herself, but a local guy, Eric, becomes interested in her and offers to help Anna and her dad work on the house over the summer and she reluctantly accepts his help.
The house is supposedly haunted, and it doesn’t take long for Anna to notice a chill in the air that comes and goes, along with the sensation that she’s being watched. And then, one day, she hears a voice ask why she’s there, and when she responds, her relationship with Wyatt begins.
Wyatt is a nineteen-year-old who died in combat during World War I. He is caught in the “between,” no longer alive, but not ready to cross over to the light. He has chosen to remain as a spirit in the Victorian, the house of his childhood, where he does his best to discourage newcomers from sticking around. But Anna is not scared off; instead, she is the first person to acknowledge his presence without fear. And Wyatt realizes he finally has what he lost because of his premature death—he has found the love of his life. Unfortunately, she is of the real world, and he is not.
The story covers young love in all its painful stages, with an otherworldly threat and a few other complications thrown in for good measure. Anna learns new things about herself and is forced to make hard decisions that will affect the rest of her life.
This book is entertaining and worth the read. It had its slow moments when Grandma found herself skimming in order to get to the meat of the story, but they were not excessive. She did find several proofreading/editing errors that surprised her, including misspelling of commonly confused words like compliment/complement, verb tenses that didn’t quite match, and what she calls chronic abuse of the ellipsis.
Overall, however, Grandma believes the story deserves four stars.
Potty-mouth index: CLEAN
Bella Reads and Reviews received Between via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.