Where We Belong

Where We Belong

Time Between

Fiction - Southern
228 Pages
Reviewed on 04/03/2017
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Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite

Where We Belong: Time Between is written by Lori W. Duncan. When Addyson Caldwell lands a job as a tour guide, she is delighted. In addition to her being pleased at successfully landing a summer job, she will also be away from home for the first time. It seems too good to be true. The position is a live-in position acting as a tour guide in the Bowen family’s beautiful Victorian mansion. The mere thought of spending her summer there overwhelms her. She cannot wait to begin the adventure, and arrives to settle into the huge house after a hasty welcome. Meeting her neighbor, Nathan Burgess, begins as a huge plus. He is handsome beyond words, and is sought out by many young girls in the town. However, shortly after settling into her position, Addyson begins to encounter some questionable behavior from Nathan, and she starts to doubt his integrity. In addition to this challenge, she has a disturbing encounter with a young man who suddenly appears in the house without invitation. When he refuses to leave, Addyson begins to fear for her safety. As time passes, she is cast into a role for which she is absolutely unprepared. How she deals with the unexpected situation and the intruder is a fascinating tale stretching over decades.

This is a totally absorbing story. Addyson is young and impressionable; trusting and naïve. What she encounters in the Bowen mansion turns her world upside down, as she discovers a life beyond her deepest imaginings. I admit to being hooked on this book right from the beginning. The characters work their magic as the story progresses, as life for Addyson takes on a whole new meaning. I confidently recommend this wonderful book. Excellent story. Unusual setting and plot.

Sherri Fulmer Moorer

Addyson loves her life in Charleston, South Carolina so much that she takes a job at the historic Bowen estate after completing her freshman year at the College of Charleston so she can stay in the area. The job is amazing, as well as the historic house that she's allowed to live in while working there for the summer. The intrigue increases when she discovers that Nathan, the most eligible bachelor at school, is kin to the Bowens and lives in the old slave quarters behind the estate that have been converted to an apartment. Soon, they're dating and life is great, until Nathan reveals that usually only people directly related to the Bowens are allowed to stay on the estate. She doesn't believe in the stories of non-relatives being haunted until she starts to see a strange person in a Confederate uniform roaming around the estate. Addy turns to Nathan for comfort, only to have him try to take advantage of her one night. The mystery deepens when her confederate ghost saves her from the attack, and reveals details that make Addy believe that the job might have found her for a reason. Where We Belong: Time Between by Lori Duncan is an intriguing chick lit tale that takes readers on an amazing tale of romance that transcends time and age.

Chick lit usually doesn't appeal to me, but I was intrigued by the setting of this tale. As a South Carolina native, I'm always interested to read fiction tales that take place in settings that I know. Lori Duncan presents the Charleston area in all of its wonder and beauty, complete with the history that makes it beautiful and intriguing. The story itself is also compelling, and presents a "story within a story" that gives readers a new look at how perspective can give you a new take on history. Where We Belong: Time Between is a good read that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, right until the final page. An excellent read!

Mary C. Blowers

Where We Belong by Lori W. Duncan is a delightful story written from the point of view of a college girl. Luck was with Addyson Caldwell at the end of the school year. She left school and noticed a sign at an old Victorian mansion, the Bowen estate, advertising a museum tour guide job. What better way to spend her summer than working there? Even better, or perhaps worse, the cutest boy she knew from school was living in the slave quarters on the same estate for the summer period. Her best friend Jasmine thought it was perfect--Addy could get to know Nathan so easily since she had to live on the estate. But fate had other plans for Addyson. A man from another time appeared and took it upon himself to protect and then to woo her. He had a mysterious secret that she was fascinated to discover and she fell in love. It turned out he was an inventor of some rather fantastic devices.

Lori W. Duncan has written a charming story about the love and life of a young woman. She has woven together bits of history into a story of modern time in a small town in Where We Belong. This book could fit into several different genres. It is time travel, chick lit, steam punk, and romance all rolled into one. There is an interesting mix of characters too, though I would like to see them develop more throughout the story and to have realistic flaws. All in all, Where We Belong was fun to read and Duncan kept me guessing with the different scenarios that occurred.