What a beautiful story Well written, great characters Well worth reading. The author is great at depicting trapped characters Margaret Braithwaite in She Sings of Old, Unhappy, Far off Things, Leisa Yeats in Year of the Monsoon and Beryl Gray of Neither Present Time They are so realistically portrayed that I get pulled in every time After reading Werlinger s books, I always feel wistful that the stories have ended Looking forward to the next great read by the author Thumbs up Can A House Save The Lives Of The People Who Live In It Can An Inscription Written In A Book Over Sixty Years Ago Change The Fates Of People Not Even Born When It Was Written Beryl Gray Is Solid And Dependable Her Partner, Claire, Thinks So, Her Family Thinks So, Her Colleagues Think So She Has A Long Term Relationship And A Job She Likes As A University Librarian Her Life Seems Settled, Content Except Nothing Is As It Seems Aggie Bishop S Last Girlfriend Left Her Three Years Ago And She Hasn T Had A Date Since Her Life Now Revolves Around Work And Taking Care Of Her Great Aunt Cory Who Doesn T Want To Be Taken Care Of Aunt Cory Still Lives In The Run Down Mansion That The Rest Of The Family Wants To Sell If They Can Only Get The Old Lady Into A Nursing Home Aggie Is All That Stands Between Them And Her Great Aunt When Beryl Finds A Book With A Romantic Inscription Dated , The Events That Follow Will Change The Lives Of All Three Women Forever Spanning Decades, This Enchanting Tale Reminds Us That Some Loves Never Fade And That Sometimes, Home Truly Is Where The Heart Lies, Words Such a beautiful, tender book.Beryl has always been there for her family, for her controlling girlfriend Claire, for her job She forms one thread of the narrative The other is the passionate love shared by Corinne Bishop and her lover Helen They are brought together by the serendipitous discovery of an old book, but they are truly united by themes of obligation and responsibility At its heart the book asks the reader at what point is it enough, and for these duties to end What does it mean to share love A bald description cannot do this book justice From a simple concept, Werlinger creates a world which is powerful and evocative, and filled with a cast of rich characters It is almost not a love story while the romance is sweet, Beryl s true journey is towards herself Corinne and Helen s story is almost not a love story either, except that it profoundly is It is not a story of falling in love, but of two people in their determination to stay there The push and pull of a relationship made difficult by everything standing in its way Not a romance, but a love that is renewed by the will and effort of its actors.I cannot recommend this book enough it is a shame there is no blurb for this book on Goodreads, because it very much is worth the time to read. PhenomenalI think this is a really incredible story It spans generations and wars and really brings together issues from many different places for consideration This is an emotional read but it is very well written. Trust Caren J Werlinger to write wonderful, engaging stories. Aggie has a 93 yr old aunt that everyone else in the family wants to have her sent to a home so they can sell the family estate As it is the aunt has had to sell most of her belongings to cover the taxes Unknown to Corinne, some of her books have been auctioned off as well as a book that meant the world to her Aggie moves in with Corinne to help with expenses and to look after her Beryl lives in DC She helps a book store owner catalogue and research the old books he has One day she finds a book with a letter inside It speaks to love eternal and while reading she begins to feel as if she knows the mysterious Corinne Beryl has just broken things off with her girlfriend after finding out she was cheating Beryl is so moved by the love Corinne and Helen have, wanting to know if a love like that could ever exist now She decides she has to give the book back to Corinne and meet this sensitive lady What she doesn t expect to find is the answer to her question I can not say enough good things about this book It is gentle, serene, simple I had a peaceful calm come over me as I read Neither Present Time is just good honest writing by a brilliant wordsmith With lovable, characters that are easy to relate to and an interesting story line it is easy to lose yourself in this story I devoured it page by page, word by word until I was told in no uncertain terms to come to bed, of course this was at 1 30 in the morning. pouting the whole way I did as I was bid but I was back to it as soon as I could the next morning The novel is defiantly a heart warmer with lots of contented sighs It is beautiful and emotional, with aww moments and angry moments, sorrow and joy The many interpersonal relationships between the four women in their separate lives and again when they are together are wonderful, realistic and relevant The secondary characters were also perfectly portrayed and gave such insight on how and why these women are who they are This drama just really touched me and words to do justice to it escape me There has never been aperfect ending to any book I ve ever read It literally made me cry, mostly from happiness but also because there were so many feelings in the book that there was nothing left in me to give than my tears I love the book all thebecause it made me feel this way. This is the kind of book I would normally adore The main love story is a true love kind of story You know which ones I m talking about, those never ending love stories that last for a lifetime Further, in this book you get 2 love stories for the price of one and, on top of that, you also get an interesting set in time WW2.There are also some interesting primary and secondary characters, however, there are some crucial characters in this story that you never get to know in depth Mainly Helen but, at some extent, the same could be said for Bel, Corinne or Aggie and what is worst in my book, the falling in love process is so immediate and so poorly described that fails to engage the reader.Finally, it also lacked a bit of passion and, I m not talking only about sex I m mainly talking about desire or heartache My final veredict is that although this could have easily been a 4 stars book, I could not give itthan 3 3,5 stars. So, normally I m not a fan of historical romances, flashbacks, or cozy mysteries, but somehow Werlinger took all things that traditionally bother me and made it all just work There s just something about her writing style that I love It just feels poetic to me in a way, full of beauty and always transporting me right into the story alongside of the MCs I always tend to feel so connected to the characters in her books, living the pages out right along with them I ll keep this review short since others have reviewed it very well in detail already, but I really enjoyed this read While this isn t my favorite book of hers, it s definitely a win 4.25 stars University librarian, Beryl Gray, is in a job in which she is seriously over qualified for, but enjoys doing She also has a very low opinion of herself, thanks to outside interference She s the person everyone relies on Work colleagues, friends, family and her partner Claire Claire is a control freak Unfortunately, others see this, but Beryl doesn t She thinks she s happy in their eight year relationship Until one day, Beryl finds out the truth about Claire Aggie Bishop hasn t been dating since her girlfriend left her three years previously In fact, her life is one round of her work as a teacher and watching over her feisty, independent, great aunt Cory, who is active and in her nineties Cory lived alone in the run down family mansion until Aggie moved in to be with her The rest of the family want Cory put into a care facility and the mansion sold Neither Cory or Aggie are about to let that happen.When Beryl comes across a book with an inscription in it from back in 1945, she is curious to find out who the two women were Little does Beryl know that the acquisition of this book will change her life, and the as yet unmet, Cory s and Aggie s lives forever.It appears that not only a book, but a moldering mansion, and a love spanning decades and to eternity and beyond will have a huge impact in the lives of Cory, Beryl and Aggie.This book is an absolute page turner from start to finish In my honest opinion, it is a blockbuster The well written story seamlessly traverses the decades of time, going back and forth from past to present to give the reader all the relevant background on the characters and their stories Central to the story is the Bishop mansion, a character in itself I could feel the atmospheric warmth interspersed with cold radiating from the pages The one thing that shone through in this story throughout the entire book, is that love is an all time consuming passion that will withstand almost anything, even death if your partner is your soul mate.Caren Werlinger is a terrific writer and a wonderful master storyteller This book is full of love, happiness, sadness, even anger at times To be able to feel the emotions of the characters when reading about them, means the author has got the dialogue just right.Aunt Cory, Beryl, Aggie, Ridley and all the secondary characters are multidimensional and so easy to get to know and love I love the humor throughout too It gives the story a light hearted touch just where it s needed There are two love stories entwined together in this book One past and one present It s the effect that the past has on the present, that for me, was a joy to behold This story will join the rest of Caren s books in my re read folder I m now looking forward to her next book eagerly.
From the author s website Caren was raised in Ohio, the oldest of four children Much of her childhood was spent reading every book she could get her hands on, and crafting her own stories She was influenced by a diverse array of authors, including Rumer Godden, J.R.R Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Willa Cather, and the Bront sisters She has lived in Virginia for over twenty
- 310 pages
- Neither Present Time
- Caren J. Werlinger
- 08 September 2019 Caren J. Werlinger