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Published by Koehlerbooks on 22 November 2017
Genres: Fiction, Light Romance, New Adult, Novelette
Source: the author
Purgatory wasn't exactly where Owen thought he'd end up, but sometimes you don't quite get it right on the first go-round. Owen has spent the last twelve years somewhere between Heaven and Hell learning that lesson the hard way. But now Owen's sentence is complete, his penance done, and he's ready to meet with his caseworker, the Archangel Michael, to finally take that long-awaited trip to Paradise. But then she walks in to his life and everything changes. Mia, a burst of color cutting through the drab grey of the In-Between. She is excitement enough for Owen to delay salvation for two more weeks, and in that time, learn that he still has a long way to go before moving on.Amazon • Buy the Book •
"Desjardins unfolds his world with a light and humorous touch, exploring how love helps us survive the banal and ongoing injustices of life. -- Danielle McMannus, Manhattan Book Review
"Nick's prose comes at you like an old lover. It feels easy and familiar, yet can still seduce you with a sentence or a turn of phrase that is as exciting as fingertips stroking the back of your neck." --Gibson Grand, Author of Leave Your Money on the Dresser
"It is a rare thing for an emerging author to have a debut novel read in such a page turning, imagination capturing and exciting manner" --Richard D. Rowland, Author of Unspoken Messages
Mature-Content Rating: Language, Suicide Themes, Religious Themes, Sexual Content
“His big attempt at sticking it to the man is that awful, retro wallpaper, It pops up everywhere here. It’s unsightly, and it will give you a wicked paper-cut, but that’s about it.”
Has a very CW’s “Supernatural” feel to it. Purgatory lacks color and the “angels” are kinda jerk probation officers in suits. If you’re a Christian and easily offended you probably shouldn’t read this. With that said, the book shouldn’t be taken seriously about the afterlife, but I still found myself cringing at some aspects and “Biblically incorrect” natures.
Owen comes off as an average guy, which isn’t bad at all. He’s hard working and diligent, and cares for the people he’s close to; at lease the Owen that has almost redeemed himself.
There’s not very much that tells me what kind of person Mia was. Sure, she’s awesome and snarky, but there’s little time with her character to actually gain any knowledge of her.
The biggest regret of the story is probably the smallest detail. Owen was there twelve years before Mia, but they seem around the same age, making Owen around twelve years older than Mia. It was mentioned once then dropped without digging any deeper. Mia adding little comments about TV shows, music, celebrities, and books Owen has never heard of would go a long way in creating that time difference and making it real.
The plot was straightforward. The reader learns why Owen came to be in purgatory instead of moving on after his death and gives a clear view of the world he’s stuck in until his case worker, the Archangel Michael, clears him. With the author being Catholic there was a great deal of mentioning suicide victims in purgatory and not many other causes. I would have liked to heard of reasons beyond suicide for people to be stuck in purgatory, that’s for sure, but we do hear his boss’s heart wrenching story that’s more that sure to make a reader shed a few tears.
Overall In-Between Days is a nice novelette. It’s a short read with a bit of snarky comedy, mild philosophy, and an interesting take on the afterlife.