The In-Between Hour by Barbara Claypole White

The In-Between Hours Cover“Tree frogs croaked a concerto, and snuffling came from the compost pile. The raccoons were out in force. Above, an expanse of night sky shimmered with stars. Man, he’d forgotten the glory of Southern nights–how he was drawn to the stillness, the raw energy. As a kid, he’d loved reading or writing in the middle of the night. Unless there was a storm to whip up her craziness, terror tended to come with the light, when his mom was awake.”

~ Barbara Claypole White,
The In-Between Hour


Bestselling author Will Shepard is caught in the twilight of grief, after his young son dies in a car accident. But when his father’s aging mind erases the memory, Will rewrites the truth. The story he spins brings unexpected relief…until he’s forced to return to rural North Carolina, trapping himself in a lie.

Holistic veterinarian Hannah Linden is a healer who opens her heart to strays but can only watch, powerless, as her grown son struggles with inner demons. When she rents her guest cottage to Will and his dad, she finds solace in trying to mend their broken world, even while her own shatters.

As their lives connect and collide, Will and Hannah become each other’s only hope—if they can find their way into a new story, one that begins with love.

 (Image and synopsis via TLC Book Tours)

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My Thoughts:

The In-Between Hour is an emotional and intense story of surviving tragedy, grief and loss. Each of Barbara Claypole White’s characters is facing a struggle: Will the loss of his five-year old son, Will’s father Jacob the loss of his mental faculties due to Alzheimer’s, Hannah the potential loss of her son Galen to his drug and alcohol additions.

White’s first paragraphs caught my attention, and she didn’t let go until the last page:

Will imagined silence. The silence of snowfall in the forest. The silence at the top of a crag. But eighty floors below his roof garden, another siren screeched along Central Park West.

Nausea nibbled–a hungry goldfish gumming him to death. Maybe this week’s diet of Zantac and PBR beer was to blame. Or maybe grief was a degenerative disease, destroying him from the inside out. Dissolving his organs. One. By. One.

With these words, White introduces us to a story filled with grit, emotion, pain of loss, and love. Each chapter pulls the reader along through the story with a sense of hope for these people who are hurting.

We all want such stories to end with a positive conclusion, and White doesn’t disappoint, but I am not charged with telling you what that ending is. You, the reader, must discover this when you read The In-Between Hour.

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My Recommendation: 

The In-Between Hour has a little something for everyone: tension, mystery, struggling characters, and a bit of romance. Included in the cast of characters are the curious yet interesting personalities of people like your next door neighbor. And the author shares some vivid scenes from the North Carolina State Natural Area which includes Occoneechee Mountain, an incredibly beautiful place. Please don’t miss this wonderfully crafted story by a gifted writer.

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Meet the Author:

Author Barbara Claypole WhiteI grew up in rural England, studied history at York University, and worked in the London fashion industry before falling in love with an American professor I met at JFK Airport. Twenty-five years later, we live in the North Carolina forest with our award-winning poet / musician / lyricist son.

I love all things gardening and all things OCD. My debut novel, THE UNFINISHED GARDEN, is a love story about grief, OCD, and dirt. TUG was Simply Books # 1 Romantic Book of 2012, and a finalist in the 2013 Golden Quill, Write Touch Readers’ Award, and New England Readers’ Choice Beanpot Award contests. THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR follows in January 2014.

I blog about the writing life at and, and parenting an OCD teen at

For more information, please visit my website,

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Publication Date: December 31, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Genre: Literature, Adult Fiction
Kindle: 554 KB | Printed: 834 pages
Source: NetGalley

I received a copy of The In-Between Hour from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.


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12 thoughts on “The In-Between Hour by Barbara Claypole White

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  2. Heather J. @ TLC February 9, 2014 at 7:23 pm Reply

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!


  3. sstamm625 January 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm Reply

    Sounds great!


  4. Barbara Claypole White January 29, 2014 at 6:52 am Reply

    Thanks, tpolen (it’s set in my little corner of rural NC). And thanks Marian. What’s amazing is that The Prof and I just celebrated 25 years of marriage. And my heart goes out to you–we’re dealing with memory loss/aging parent issues and it’s emotionally exhausting.


  5. marianbeaman January 29, 2014 at 5:56 am Reply

    The writer’s accomplishments and prize-winning publications are impressive. Meeting an American professor at JKF and later marrying him sounds like a story I’d like to read!

    The loss in her recent book I can identify with most is the character with Alzheimer’s disease, an issue which we are now dealing with in our own family (Aunt Ruthie).


    • Sherrey Meyer January 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm Reply

      Marian, I thought of you and Aunt Ruthie as I read this book, and I reflected on the two years just past with our own family member, Jim. I think Barbara captured the caregiver’s worries about their loved one, don’t you?


  6. tpolen January 29, 2014 at 5:37 am Reply

    Love the NC setting – beautiful cover!


    • Sherrey Meyer January 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm Reply

      Teri, if you’ve not been to NC, you should make plans to go. It is some of the most beautiful country. And I too loved the cover.


  7. bclaypolewhite January 29, 2014 at 4:16 am Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful review!


    • Sherrey Meyer January 29, 2014 at 2:08 pm Reply

      You are welcome, Barbara! Thank you for this wonderful book.


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