The Pages in Between

A Story of Love, Life & Cocktails

Fiction - Womens
427 Pages
Reviewed on 02/18/2018
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Author Biography

I was born in Virginia and grew up in a small town outside Richmond. My children and their crazy antics inspire most of my stories - which will always be a part of every book I write - because my children are very mischievous - sort of like the kids in this story.
I can't say that love stories have always been my favorite stories - and I was told this isn't a typical love story - but sometimes when you write the content comes to you unexpectedly!
This story is about friendship, love, and a little drama - okay, a lot of drama. I wanted my book to have a little bit of everything in it and I think I achieved that with this book. I've always said I want my characters to have a conversation with my readers - I want my readers feel like they can walk into a scene and become a part of it. To me, when you feel like you can talk to a character, that makes them real. Isabel and Lilah aren't perfect - far from it - but they are real.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite

Renay Jordan has explored life beyond the boundaries of right and wrong in The Pages in Between: A Story of Love, Life & Cocktails. Lilah and Isabel are best friends. Lilah is a thirty-seven-year-old woman and has four kids: Ben, Michael, Veronica, and Maria. On the surface, her life seems perfect. Her husband loves her dearly, and she has a loving mother who is just a call away to help her. However, Isabel knows the real story of her life. Lilah is depressed and is going through periods of highs and lows -- mostly lows. Her kids -- three of whom are teenagers now -- have witnessed their mother's lows most of their lives. Isabel is a caring friend who knows how to take care of Lilah. Isabel pampers her with cocktails all the time. She is an expert in coming up with the most extraordinary recipes for cocktails. No wonder they have a happy hour every day. This hum-drum life changes when Lilah finds herself deeply attracted to one of her sons' friends, Tristan. She knows how complex and wrong this infatuation is, but she cannot resist the temptation. While Isabel tries to prevent the inevitable chaos, Tristan and Lilah throw all the caution out the window and surrender themselves to the bait.

The author has been more than creative in defining the rights and wrongs of a relationship. Although her ideas may seem outrageous to some, open-minded readers will find themselves wondering if the author has found some sort of hidden wisdom. Relationships become monotonous after a while and couples find themselves following the same pattern every day. On one hand, this routine provides comfort to some people, while others dread the monotony. This dread forces them to test the elasticity of the rules of relationships. To their dismay, they soon realize not all rules can be bent. Isabel and Lilah fall into the latter category. Their actions may seem bizarre to the majority of readers, but I could understand their motivation behind doing what they did. Their friendship is truly inspiring. Isabel worries about Lilah more than herself.

Renay Jordan knows how to tell a story. She does not write conversations that are only relevant to the plot; rather, she keeps them realistic. Isabel and Lilah talk to each other exactly how you would imagine two long-term friends' conversation. They mock, irritate, comfort, and anger each other. Their bond is stronger than any trouble that life might throw at them. Beyond friendship, the plot is filled with a romance that will get you daydreaming, moral challenges that will make you open your Bible and scratch your head, parenting troubles that will definitely remind of your own troubles as a parent if you are a parent, and sexual scenes that are sure to make you crave the same experiences. While reading The Pages in Between, I found myself involved in the characters' lives. Side characters did not fail to make an impact as well. They are all strong characters and, as a reader, I connected with all of them. I would recommend this book to readers who love romance, sex, intriguing plots, moral dilemmas, and cocktails. To me, this story is flawless.

Jessyca Garcia

I loved The Pages in Between: A Story of Love, Life & Cocktails by Renay Jordan. The story follows the lives of two best friends who are always there for one another. Lilah Trenton is a depressed stay at home mom and Isabel Lund is a single mother with a wild side. Both have a passion for alcoholic drinks and getting into trouble. In this story, Lilah starts to have feelings for a younger man. Isabel tries to talk her out of it, but vows to support her no matter what. In between Lilah and Isabel’s friendship is drama with their children. There is a lot happening in this book, and I loved every bit of it!

In The Pages in Between, I was expecting a typical love story. This book is anything but a typical love story. It is really about the love that two best friends have for each other. Jordan also threw in a serious background story about what was happening with their kids. When I first began reading this story, I was not too sure what to think of Lilah and Isabel. They seemed too wild and careless for me, especially because they had families. Reading on, they both grew on me quickly, especially with how real they seemed. I related to them with some of their parenting skills.

I also really liked all the names of the different drinks that Isabel made. I was pleasantly surprised that Jordan included the recipes to all the drinks in the back of the book! As much as I liked all the recipes, my biggest take away from this book was the Bible verse of Hebrews 12:12 that Jordan included: “You have become weak, so make yourself strong again.” I really needed to read those words at this time in my life. This book is awesome and a must-read. I am so happy that Jordan is writing Amityville Magic, which is another book about Lilah and Isabel. I cannot wait to read it.

Kathryn Bennett

The Pages in Between: A Story of Love, Life & Cocktails by Renay Jordan asks the question if you are curious about your relationship with God and then introduces you to some ladies who could help. Lilah and Isabel are real women with flaws and who also work on living as well as they can. Life isn't easy and being a parent is even harder. When you toss in the fact that you have to find your way in a relationship with God, sometimes we all fall down on the job. Sometimes life is about learning that it is okay to fall down as long as we get back up.

Lilah and Isabel are characters that you could see come off the page and sit right in the kitchen and talk with you. They are real women with very real lives and they are as flawed as any of us. It is fantastic to be able to read a story that, while you know it is fiction, it really does feel like real life. The Pages in Between: A Story of Love, Life & Cocktails by Renay Jordan made me laugh out loud at times and say "Oh no, I have done that," at others. For me, this is the perfect mix of life and humor blended together. The book is paced really well and, overall, feels very well fleshed out. Hats off to Renay Jordan for writing such a great book. I would recommend The Pages in Between to anyone who wants a great read; it is the best chick lit style book that I have read this year.