BetweenBy Cyndi Tefft

Self Published
Publication Date: June 1, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Author

It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water’s life isn’t alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile and Scottish accent.

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates.

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven’s siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.

Goodreads Summary

Lindsay Walker is trying to tell her sometimes-boyfriend Ravi that she doesn’t return his love when they’re in a horrible car accident and she dies, losing that chance.  Instead she finds herself in a beautiful meadow looking down at the mangled car when she’s approached by a handsome Scotsman who tells her that she’s not in heaven or hell but in a space between, and it’s his duty to guide her to heaven when she’s ready.

Captivated by Aiden and eager to learn more about him during however long she has between, Lindsay goes with him to his home, Eilean Donan Castle.  She learns that it’s possible to travel anywhere, clothe her self in any manner and create any food just by thinking about it.  She and Aiden grow closer while exploring his memories, from a grand ball to a bloody battle and the ultimate sin he believes condemned him to an eternity of always being the one who exists in the between as an escort rather than being allowed to pass into heaven.  They fall deeply in love, but are always aware that they may be torn apart at any moment when Lindsay passes on.  Aiden is told he could be redeemed through true love but neither of them knows what they’re supposed to do to stay together and when they’re put to the ultimate test, it looks like their love won’t be enough.

This really is a sort of all-inclusive story that should have a little something to appeal to everyone.  There’s a hunky Highlander and a sweet and curvaceous college student, romance in the almost-afterlife, exciting and dramatic time-travel and the possibility of true love keeping a couple together even beyond death.  It was clear that Tefft did a lot of research for the book along with incorporating what she knows from living in Seattle – the side of me that loves biographies and historical minutia was thrilled, but there were times when it felt like more telling than showing.

The story started immediately with Lindsay’s death and her meeting Aiden and while time spent between moved differently than it did in the earthly realm, they still fell in love almost immediately.  I don’t generally have much of a problem with instant attraction, but I wish I’d known more about Lindsay before she died so I’d have had more of a feel for her personality outside of her relationship with Aiden.  It wasn’t until she was away from him later in the book that I really got to know her and like her.  Aiden was very sweet – I thought he was most likable when he was experiencing Lindsay’s memories and was either confused or borderline frightened of what he was seeing.  His reactions were quite cute.

I thought Lindsay’s reaction and grief when she was pulled away from Aiden were very well-written and emotional.  It really was during this time that who Lindsay was started to make sense, between the relationships with her parents and her friends that she was seeing differently to her increasing spirituality.  I wasn’t expecting the level of religion that appeared later in the book – it sounds odd saying that in a book about being between the earth and heaven, I know – but this is more of a comment about the amount of praying and calling out to God.  I do read a lot of YA with this subject matter and it doesn’t always involve Christianity.  I don’t know if I was supposed to interpret the “T” in the title as a symbol of what the book would be delivering or not, but it wasn’t something I knew was coming or was particularly comfortable with.  I spent some time paging through the author’s website after reading the book (I recommend you do, she has some wonderful thoughts) and of course discovered that this would likely be a theme – but it wasn’t something anyone would know from picking it up cold.

I just want to add a brief note about targeting/sexual content – there isn’t what I’d consider explicit language used, but there is more sexual content here than in what I’d expect from a young adult novel.  Aiden’s a few hundred years old, Lindsay’s in college and the two commit to each other but I’d still only recommend this to the upper range of a YA audience.  It may be better simply left as an adult paranormal romance.

My Summary: I think the addition of the ability of Aiden and Lindsay to travel to different times in their memories took what could have been a bit of a cookie-cutter story and turned it into something unique.  If Aiden and Lindsay’s relationship hadn’t felt so rushed initially and if there hadn’t been such an unexpectedly religious tone to the last third of the story, I would have enjoyed this more.  I think it’ll have appeal to readers who appreciate a more faith-based story in this particular paranormal genre, especially when mixed with some of the time-travel elements – it just didn’t always work for me.

My Rating: C+




  1. Appreciate the honest review. DonnaNew follower.

  2. Thank you so much, Donna! And thank you for the follow, ditto back to you. 🙂 Or was that redundant… lol

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