The Lines Between Us

A Novel

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
376 Pages
Reviewed on 08/13/2020
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Author Biography

Rebecca D’Harlingue has studied Spanish literature, worked as a hospital administrator, and taught English as a Second Language to adults form all over the world. The discovery of family papers prompted her to explore the repercussions of family secrets, and of the ways we attempt to reveal ourselves.

She shares her love of story both with preschoolers at a Head Start program, and with the members of the book club she has belonged to for decades. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, Arthur, where they are fortunate to frequently spend time with their children and grandchildren.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Lines Between Us is a work of fiction in the historical, family drama, and contemporary mystery sub-genres, and was penned by author Rebecca D'Harlingue. Combining the seventeenth and twentieth centuries via the passage of time, letters, and diaries, this is an enthralling story about family history, grief, and loss. We follow the story of Ana in 1661, who leaves Madrid in search of her missing niece Julianna. Meanwhile, in 1992, a grieving Rachel discovers a set of letters and a diary that her reticent late mother had hidden away, and so unfolds the tale of these three women as travel, discovery and, hopefully, some sense of closure awaits them all.

Author Rebecca D'Harlingue has crafted a truly beautiful work of epistolary fiction that takes us directly to the pens and minds of her characters, and she embodies them emotively and with great strength of character. Delving into Hispanic culture and history, this is clearly an incredibly well-researched novel with much to offer in its enthralling plotline, but also in an opportunity to expand our minds beyond typical family dramas. The attention to detail in the historical writing is stellar, with a clear change in narration between the different characters and formats. What results is a highly personal, intelligent and emotive story that brings you closer to these women than you may think possible, ensuring that their tragedies and triumphs stay in your heart forever. Overall, I would recommend The Lines Between Us to fans of family sagas and immersive cultural and emotional fiction.

Linda Henley

An engrossing read with a sympathetic character Ana and a literary travelogue from the Old world to the New.