The Space Between Words
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The day after the Paris attacks, a time of terrorist attacks wounding hundreds of innocent people,  Jessica regains consciousness in a French hospital bed. She felt perfectly normal until the memories of the horror she survived return. Now she wants to leave France and go home, but her friend Patrick has been by her side the entire time and asks her to reconsider leaving so they can follow through with the trip they had planned before the tragedy.

Reluctantly she agrees and while on the trip they stop at a country flea market where Jessica finds an old document hidden in an antique sewing box. With the help of some new friends, she translates the French and uncovers a manuscript about Adeline Baillard, a young woman who lost many people from her community during the Huguenot persecution, a time when Louis XIV forced Protestants to convert to Catholicism.

Now Jessica is wants to learn more about this young woman and how she relates to her three hundred years later.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 0718086449
ISBN-13: 9780718086442

Publisher's Description

"There were seconds, when I woke, when the world felt unshrouded. Then memory returned."

When Jessica regains consciousness in a French hospital on the day after the Paris attacks, all she can think of is fleeing the site of the horror she survived. But Patrick, the steadfast friend who hasn’t left her side, urges her to reconsider her decision. Worn down by his insistence, she reluctantly agrees to follow through with the trip they’d planned before the tragedy.

"The pages found you," Patrick whispered.

"Now you need to figure out what they’re trying to say."

During a stop at a country flea market, Jessica finds a faded document concealed in an antique. As new friends help her to translate the archaic French, they uncover the story of Adeline Baillard, a young woman who lived centuries before—her faith condemned, her life endangered, her community decimated by the Huguenot persecution.

"I write for our descendants, for those who will not understand the cost of our survival."

Determined to learn the Baillard family’s fate, Jessica retraces their flight from France to England, spurred on by a need she doesn’t understand.

Could this stranger who lived three hundred years before hold the key to Jessica’s survival?

Author Bio

Born in France to a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle Phoenix is a consultant, writer and speaker with a heart for Third Culture Kids. She taught for 20 years at Black Forest Academy (Germany) before launching her own advocacy venture under Global Outreach Mission. Michèle travels globally to consult and teach on topics related to this unique people group. She loves good conversations, mischievous students, Marvel movies and paths to healing. Learn more at michelephoenix.com Twitter: @frenchphoenix

 

Editorial Reviews

'This amazing book will leave readers with a renewed appreciation for simple pleasures. The dual storylines will keep them glued to the pages.'
“Several scenes in The Space Between Words will leave readers without words, the ability of speech replaced by the need to absorb all the feels. Humor and warmth mingle with gut punches of emotion and stunning revelations. The link between past and present is woven seamlessly into the fabric of the story, connected by a sewing box that soon becomes the center of a deeply poignant tale.”

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  1. RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Timely Novel
    October 19, 2017
    RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Jessica and Vonda thought a trip to Paris to visit their best friend Patrick was a fantastic idea until . . . it wasn't.

    I received this book from NetGalley several months ago and had just started to read it when the Las Vegas attack occurred. For that reason, and the inherently disturbing imagery (mostly from the place of my imagination and PTSD), I did not finish reading it, nor did I review it. However, early last week I received a paperback copy from The Fiction Guild. I decided to give it a second chance.

    I am at a loss to describe this book. The plot is primarily set overseas after the 2015 terrorist attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, France, recounting the main character's life in the aftermath of this horrific event. Another setting is also in France. However, it deals with the persecution of the Huguenots centuries ago. The plot strands run in a dual timeline, but the emphasis is on present times.

    Parts of The Space Between Words defy description, and some emotions can only be experienced through the gut-wrenching reading of the events. Other aspects of the book challenge description in the believability of the character's story. I didn't have a problem with one detail of Jessica's dealing with Patrick and her PTSD, though I can see how many would (I don't want to give any spoilers). I did have a hard time accepting the ease with which Mona, the innkeeper, welcomed Jessica. As a mother, I found it a little unlikely that another mother would not feel a threat to her child by someone in the throes of a mental and emotional breakdown. Nor do I believe that, as a business person, Mona would have let Jessica stay there for free for such a long time.

    Overall, the story is well written, the characters well developed and the narrative believable. I ran a gamut of emotions, from a heightened sense of fear to laughter and relief. Be prepared for a roller-coaster ride if you read it, as you learn more about Jessica and, also, the persecution of the Huguenots in the late 1600's.

    I received this book from NetGalley and Fiction Guild. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
  2. Caroljo
    Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Searching for the Sewing Box Owner
    October 17, 2017
    Caroljo
    Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for The Space Between Words - eBook.
    The Space Between Words is an interesting story of trying to find the origins of a sewing box found in a junk store. Jessica is injured and her friend is killed when terrorists attack at concert she is attending in France. Jessica's mind refuses to accept her friend's death. After she finds information hidden in the sewing box, her healing process begins. The book includes part of the story of a Huguenot family and how they suffered. The Space Between Words is well-written. I enjoyed the book but would have rated it higher if it had not included people believing they saw a deceased person. I received this e-book through NetGalley.
  3. Tammy G.
    East Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What a read!
    October 9, 2017
    Tammy G.
    East Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Some books leave one speechless . . . this is such a story. Because there are spaces between words...maybe words are not necessary or we are to think, ponder, examine more closely the story that is presented.

    This story grabbed me and just wouldn't let go. It was like the unfolding of a slow but determined young plant that longs to grow. As it unfolds in the sunlight it pauses to take gulps of good clean air. Spaces!

    Jessica must find answers after the horrific Paris attack. All she longs for is home BUT Patrick, her close friend, encourages her to stay and live, to continue her journey.

    A lot of emotion in this read but, yet, the tender spaces of time are given to absorb all that one reads.

    The gripping story of Adeline Ballard that Jessica knows/feels is her answer.

    What a story! What an ending!

    *This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild*
  4. Jamie
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Beautiful Story
    September 27, 2017
    Jamie
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Enduring with courage, resisting with wisdom, and pressing on in faith.

    Books dealing with recent horrific and tragic events will never be an easy read. Its a painful revisit and a reminder of the broken world we live in. Phoenixs story of loss, pain and the path to healing though, not only had me fully engaged, I was reminded that life is beautiful and precious. I enjoyed the modern day story, but also really enjoyed the historic piece of this novel. It was a piece of history I didnt know and glad I now do.

    Well never escape terrible events while were on earth. Its a hard reality, but Im thankful of the hope I have that this isnt it. Dealing with grief, how our minds respond, to the healing we need and the time it takes, this novel will remind you to never waste a moment and when life deals us a heavy blow, all hope is not lost.

    (Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)
  5. Emily
    Rib Lake, WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Interesting Read, a Little Weird - My Review of The Space Between Words
    September 27, 2017
    Emily
    Rib Lake, WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Published by: Thomas Nelson

    Written by: Michele Phoenix

    I recently read Of Stillness and Storm by Michele Phoenix and I loved it. When I had the chance to read and review The Space Between Words, I was excited to try out another book from the author. This one was much different from the other, but still interesting.

    This book tells the story of a woman who is injured in a terrorist attack and the journey that she sets out on as she is moving on from that. This is a book that looks at history in a new way, as the woman in the story learns about a people from the past.

    Who This Book is For:

    Those who are interested in history will find this book especially enjoyable.

    What I liked:

    This book shares a part of history that I do not remember reading before.

    The characters in this book are likable.

    The story in this book is interesting.

    This book kept my attention throughout the whole thing.

    There is a bit of a hopeful message in this book.

    What I didn't like:

    There are some weird elements in this book. Things that I would call "new age". I was thrown off by those.

    There is not as much of a Christian message in this book as I was hoping to find.

    My conclusion:

    Overall, I thought that this book was interesting but a bit weird.

    I give The Space Between Words 4 out of 5 stars.

    I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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