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The Pages in Between: A Story of Love, Life & Cocktails by Renay Jordan is a heartwarming story of love, friendship, parenting and the adventure of two woman — Lilah and Isabel — on a journey that will make you question what you think you know about morals, and even your faith. This is a story that explores womanhood in the simple setting of a small town where two women decide to follow their hearts while enjoying the simple pleasures of life. There is a lot of cocktail consumption and pool bathing and merriment that attracts young girls in the neighborhood. A refreshingly entertaining story that will pose serious questions about our values and models, with a cast of compelling characters, and plot points that make the story utterly satisfying.
This is one of the most hilarious books I have read in women's fiction and Renay Jordan has the gift of bringing the humanity of the characters into the story, exploring the deep layers of their hearts. The writing is beautiful, perceptive, and it mirrors the world of the characters. The story is done in a first person narrative that alternates between the points of view of Lilah and Isabel, and while it makes the story intimate, it also allows a stronger connection with the characters. The elements of the setting are well explored, including the social backdrop against which the narrative takes place, the colorful locales, and beautiful descriptions of the surroundings.
The prose is enriched with intelligent and well-crafted dialogues and vivid descriptions. And then there is the drama, spiced by the zest for life! This is a book for readers who enjoy novels with focused scenes, a great voice, and realism. The Pages in Between: A Story of Love, Life & Cocktails focuses on creating an exciting adventure for readers, one of those stories that inspire readers to cast off the burden of social mores and traditions that limit them from pursuing their heart's desires.