The Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix 5 ☆’s
Thank you to Thomas Nelson publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book to review. All opinions in this blog are my own.
Written about an even that is still fresh in the minds of people around the world, Phoenix takes a world tragedy and crafts a novel about healing, discovery and friendship. This story is about two women in two different time periods and how ones story helps the others keep going. I really like how this novel included French history, not only from the Paris attacks in 2015, but from a time period centuries before. Reading what life may have been life for Huguenots during King Louis’ XIV and having struggles connected between the times engrossed me in the novel right away.
Phoenix’s writing is compelling. She takes one character’s suffering and aftermath and convinces the reader that the narrator is okay after the trauma she endures. I like how the reader gets a firm foundation of one character set in 2015 before we are introduced to the other’s story. I think this helps make the plot have a more firm foundation, which leads to the wonderful intertwining of the stories.
Jessica’s world is turned upside down after she witnesses one of the Paris terrorist attacks. She then takes a trip to southern France to help escape the reality of her situation. While there, she first struggles with reality, and then with the aftermath of what has happened to her. She discovers the Baillards family story and sets out to discover what happened to the members. While on this journey, she may find the key that she needs to move forward from the horrific events she endured.
This novel also shows how someone, in the aftermath of tragedy, can question if there is a God, and if there is how could He let this happen. I enjoyed the questioning of faith in this novel because there are moments in lots of lives that may cause questioning of God and His goodness. When and if this happens, I hope others have friends like Jessica who continue to point them to His goodness.
This novel transported me to France during two different time periods. It helped me understand more of French history from a first-person point-of-view. I like how Phoenix crafted the story and told it. It had lots of hard parts. I laughed and cried while reading this novel. If you want to delve deeper into France and take a journey, I highly recommend this book. If you want to discover new friendships and the caring nature of people, read this book. If you want something that will make you look at the world a bit differently, read this book. There is nothing better than reading a book that you know will stick with you forever. This is one of those books for me.
It comes out on September 5. You can pre-order it now, though!