Three centuries separated Adeline and Jessica, but tragedy and an unexpected find brought them together. The Space Between Words, a novel by Michele Phoenix, tells their stories. The book opens in Gatigny, France in 1695 with the writings of Adeline Baillard whose life and that of her family’s was torn apart. She had made a promise to record what had happened to her family. Hundreds of years later, while in Paris with her friends, Jessica was injured during a terrorist attack at a concert venue. Even though she struggled with memories of the horrors she had seen and survivor’s guilt, instead of returning home she continued on with her friend’s original plans to travel to the south of France. While there she comes upon an antique sewing box with Adeline’s papers concealed in it. While in the company of caring and comforting strangers, Jessica and her new friends try to find out what became of Adeline’s family.
This is an emotionally stirring and powerful story. Tragedy casts a shadow and the characters have inner turmoil. Even so, this is a story about resilience and healing. Highly recommended.
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