“There were seconds, when I woke, when the world felt unshrouded. Then memory returned.”
When Jessica regains consciousness in a French hospital on the day after the Paris attacks, all she can think of is fleeing the site of the horror she survived. But Patrick, the steadfast friend who hasn’t left her side, urges her to reconsider her decision. Worn down by his insistence, she reluctantly agrees to follow through with the trip they’d planned before the tragedy.
“The pages found you,” Patrick whispered.
“Now you need to figure out what they’re trying to say.”
During a stop at a country flea market, Jessica finds a faded document concealed in an antique. As new friends help her to translate the archaic French, they uncover the story of Adeline Baillard, a young woman who lived centuries before—her faith condemned, her life endangered, her community decimated by the Huguenot persecution.
“I write for our descendants, for those who will not understand the cost of our survival.”
Determined to learn the Baillard family’s fate, Jessica retraces their flight from France to England, spurred on by a need she doesn’t understand.
Could this stranger who lived three hundred years before hold the key to Jessica’s survival?
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me an ARC of The Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix for review.
(the review contains some “spoilers”, but they were VERY predictable plot points so I am not going to be hiding that part of the review.)
I actually just started reading The Space Between Words without having read too much into the synopsis (usually I think about it a lot more before I decide to pick up a book). It’s classified as general fiction on netgalley but I would probably also classify it as historical and Christian fiction.
The main storyline takes place in modern day France, but as Jessica finds a mysterious sewing box with a false bottom on it (with pages of a journal and pages from the bible inside), the story takes us back to the 17th century (the revocation of the Edict of Nantes leading to the persecution of Huguenots in France) and the story of Adeline, whose family had to flee France due to religious persecution.