Thursday, June 16, 2016

Book Review: Between the Lines by Annette Lyon

Between the Lines, by Annette Lyon
2016, 52p, Clean Historical Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

Jane Martin is intelligent but extremely shy, especially around men. When the Aid and Cultural Society proposes a letter-writing program, Jane signs up, hoping she can find a friend across the miles. But the program doesn’t run as smoothly as expected.

Unbeknownst to her, Thomas Allred from town becomes her writing friend. Thomas has always known quiet Jane—or thought he did—but reading her letters addressed to his secret persona opens his eyes to what an amazing woman she is. Meanwhile, Jane has no idea that the romantic letters she receives are penned by Thomas—or that he’s falling in love with her in person.

This story takes place in Provo, Utah in 1926. Jane Martin is smart but has always been quiet and shy so she is basically ignored by her peers. At one of the Aid and Cultural Society meetings, the leader, Emma Tanner, proposed a letter-writing program with Canadian friends. It didn't go as planned and Thomas Allred, who works at the post office, poses as a young man from Canada (Charles) and becomes her pen pal. As he gets to really know Jane, his opinion of her changes, but how will she react when she learns the truth?

I love stories like this! This can be read in less than an hour and is a fun story about two people who grew up together but don't really know each other. Thomas has always been kind to Jane and figures he'll write her a few letters and then fade away. Jane realizes that she's not beautiful and won't attract the attention of any of the guys her age so she's interested in opening up her world a little more. She had to do things to get out of her comfort zone more so she would have something to write to Charles about. I loved how this story came together and how it highlights the power of the written word! This novella is perfect when you're looking for a quick, heartwarming romance!

Annette Lyon is a Whitney Award winner, a 4-time recipient of Utah’s Best in State medal for fiction (twice for novel-length works and twice for short fiction), and the author of over a dozen novels, at least that many novellas, a cookbook, a popular grammar guide, and over a hundred magazine articles.

She’s part of the Timeless Romance Anthologies line of sweet romance stories, which she served as editor for its first three years. She graduated cum laude from BYU with a degree in English.

When she’s not writing, editing, knitting, or eating chocolate, she can be found mothering and avoiding the spots on the kitchen floor.


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