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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

After dying in a car accident, college student Lindsey Waters finds herself stuck in a world between Earth and Heaven. Though she has the opportunity to move upwards to Heaven, Lindsey stays in Between because she has fallen in love with Aiden MacRae, the handsome Scottish man who escorts souls to their ever after. Lindsey wants nothing more than to spend her days and nights loving Aiden, but both know that she cannot remain there forever. How much time do Lindsey and Aiden have left before God calls her home?

In her debut novel, Cyndi Tefft has created a life after death that will fascinate her readers. In Between, Aiden and Lindsey can relive their favorite memories. Aiden is able to transport Lindsey to the time of King Louis XIV, and she can experience the streets of Paris as she never got the chance to in life. Through the memories they share with one another, Aiden and Lindsey can bond in ways that normal lovers never could. The time traveling aspects of Between were my favorite scenes in the entire novel.

Between is a very short read, just shy of almost 250 pages. This was both a blessing and a curse for me. Everything that Lindsey experiences happens all too quickly–I never got to know what Lindsey was like before she died; her life had expired by the second page. When Lindsey and Aiden are separated and she returns to her life on Earth, I felt as if I barely knew her. Aiden was a very difficult character for me to like. By page 50, Lindsey is professing her love to him, and he to her. There is no tension or any kind of build-up to their love–it just happens. Even in paranormal or supernatural novels, I still want realistic development in romantic relationships. Because they come from different cultures and time periods, Aiden is much more reserved than Lindsey, who is actually very wholesome compared to the rest of her generation. He treats her so poorly at times and calls her a whore more than once, but she just lets it roll off her shoulders so they can continue being in love.

Between is surprisingly well edited considering that it’s self-published, but Tefft really needed some guidance in regards to characterization, relationship development, and sentence structure in a few places.

Rating: 2.5/5

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Cyndi Tefft. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.