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Can a house save the lives of the people who live in it? Can an inscription written in a book over sixty years ago change the fates of people not even born when it was written? Beryl Gray is solid and dependable – her partner, Claire, thinks so, her family thinks so, her colleagues think so. She has a long-term relationship and a job she likes as a university librarian. HeCan a house save the lives of the people who live in it? Can an inscription written in a book over sixty years ago change the fates of people not even born when it was written? Beryl Gray is solid and dependable – her partner, Claire, thinks so, her family thinks so, her colleagues think so. She has a long-term relationship and a job she likes as a university librarian. Her life seems settled, content – except nothing is as it seems. Aggie Bishop's last girlfriend left her three years ago and she hasn't had a date since. Her life now revolves around work and taking care of her great-aunt Cory who doesn't want to be taken care of. Aunt Cory still lives in the run-down mansion that the rest of the family wants to sell if they can only get the old lady into a nursing home. Aggie is all that stands between them and her great-aunt. When Beryl finds a book with a romantic inscription dated 1945, the events that follow will change the lives of all three women forever. Spanning decades, this enchanting tale reminds us that some loves never fade and that sometimes, home truly is where the heart lies....

Title : Neither Present Time
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ISBN : 9780988650176
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 310 Pages
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Neither Present Time Reviews

  • Penny
    2019-05-10 11:04

    I think I was 14 when I first read A Portuguese Farewell, one of the most famous poems by Alexandre O'Neill. I remember reading the last three verses: and like an adolescent / I trip in tenderness / for you. And I remember thinking this is bullshit, I'm an adolescent and adolescents do not have tenderness. We have pimples. And hormones.I did not understand the message at that time. I did not understand that by saying tenderness, O'Neill wanted to simply evoke the capacity of every human being to touch and be easily touched.Now, more than ten years later, I thought of this poem because this is precisely the feeling Neither Present Time evokes: tenderness.Page after page, I tripped in tenderness.

  • Terry Baker
    2019-05-18 11:19

    University librarian, Beryl Gray, is in a job in which she is seriously over qualified for, but enjoys doing. She also has a very low opinion of herself, thanks to outside interference. She’s the person everyone relies on. Work colleagues, friends, family and her partner Claire. Claire is a control freak. Unfortunately, others see this, but Beryl doesn’t. She thinks she’s happy in their eight year relationship. Until one day, Beryl finds out the truth about Claire. Aggie Bishop hasn’t been dating since her girlfriend left her three years previously. In fact, her life is one round of her work as a teacher and watching over her feisty, independent, great aunt Cory, who is active and in her nineties. Cory lived alone in the run down family mansion until Aggie moved in to be with her. The rest of the family want Cory put into a care facility and the mansion sold. Neither Cory or Aggie are about to let that happen.When Beryl comes across a book with an inscription in it from back in 1945, she is curious to find out who the two women were. Little does Beryl know that the acquisition of this book will change her life, and the as yet unmet, Cory’s and Aggie’s lives forever.It appears that not only a book, but a moldering mansion, and a love spanning decades and to eternity and beyond will have a huge impact in the lives of Cory, Beryl and Aggie.This book is an absolute page turner from start to finish. In my honest opinion, it is a blockbuster. The well written story seamlessly traverses the decades of time, going back and forth from past to present to give the reader all the relevant background on the characters and their stories. Central to the story is the Bishop mansion, a character in itself. I could feel the atmospheric warmth interspersed with cold radiating from the pages. The one thing that shone through in this story throughout the entire book, is that love is an all time consuming passion that will withstand almost anything, even death if your partner is your soul mate.Caren Werlinger is a terrific writer and a wonderful master storyteller. This book is full of love, happiness, sadness, even anger at times. To be able to feel the emotions of the characters when reading about them, means the author has got the dialogue just right.Aunt Cory, Beryl, Aggie, Ridley and all the secondary characters are multidimensional and so easy to get to know and love. I love the humor throughout too. It gives the story a light hearted touch just where it’s needed. There are two love stories entwined together in this book. One past and one present. It’s the effect that the past has on the present, that for me, was a joy to behold. This story will join the rest of Caren’s books in my re-read folder. I’m now looking forward to her next book eagerly.

  • P. Industry
    2019-04-29 16:11

    Such a beautiful, tender book.Beryl has always been there for her family, for her controlling girlfriend Claire, for her job. She forms one thread of the narrative. The other is the passionate love shared by Corinne Bishop and her lover Helen. They are brought together by the serendipitous discovery of an old book, but they are truly united by themes of obligation and responsibility. At its heart the book asks the reader - at what point is it enough, and for these duties to end? What does it mean to share love?A bald description cannot do this book justice. From a simple concept, Werlinger creates a world which is powerful and evocative, and filled with a cast of rich characters. It is almost not a love story; while the romance is sweet, Beryl's true journey is towards herself. Corinne and Helen's story is almost not a love story either, except that it profoundly is. It is not a story of falling in love, but of two people in their determination to stay there. The push and pull of a relationship made difficult by everything standing in its way. Not a romance, but a love that is renewed by the will and effort of its actors.I cannot recommend this book enough; it is a shame there is no blurb for this book on Goodreads, because it very much is worth the time to read.

  • Heather Henkel
    2019-05-04 19:13

    PhenomenalI think this is a really incredible story. It spans generations and wars and really brings together issues from many different places for consideration. This is an emotional read but it is very well written.

  • Bib
    2019-05-04 11:09

    The author is great at depicting trapped characters; Margaret Braithwaite in She Sings of Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things, Leisa Yeats in Year of the Monsoon and Beryl Gray of Neither Present Time. They are so realistically portrayed that I get pulled in every time. After reading Werlinger's books, I always feel wistful that the stories have ended. Looking forward to the next great read by the author. Thumbs up!

  • Ameliah Faith
    2019-04-24 14:26

    Aggie has a 93 yr old aunt that everyone else in the family wants to have her sent to a home so they can sell the family estate. As it is the aunt has had to sell most of her belongings to cover the taxes. Unknown to Corinne, some of her books have been auctioned off as well as a book that meant the world to her. Aggie moves in with Corinne to help with expenses and to look after her. Beryl lives in DC. She helps a book store owner catalogue and research the old books he has. One day she finds a book with a letter inside. It speaks to love eternal and while reading she begins to feel as if she knows the mysterious Corinne. Beryl has just broken things off with her girlfriend after finding out she was cheating. Beryl is so moved by the love Corinne and Helen have, wanting to know if a love like that could ever exist now. She decides she has to give the book back to Corinne and meet this sensitive lady. What she doesn't expect to find is the answer to her question. I can not say enough good things about this book! It is gentle, serene, simple... I had a peaceful calm come over me as I read. Neither Present Time is just good honest writing by a brilliant wordsmith. With lovable, characters that are easy to relate to and an interesting story line it is easy to lose yourself in this story. I devoured it page by page, word by word until I was told in no uncertain terms to come to bed, of course this was at 1:30 in the morning..... pouting the whole way I did as I was bid but I was back to it as soon as I could the next morning. The novel is defiantly a heart warmer with lots of contented sighs. It is beautiful and emotional, with aww moments and angry moments, sorrow and joy. The many interpersonal relationships between the four women in their separate lives and again when they are together are wonderful, realistic and relevant. The secondary characters were also perfectly portrayed and gave such insight on how and why these women are who they are. This drama just really touched me and words to do justice to it escape me. There has never been a more perfect ending to any book I've ever read. It literally made me cry, mostly from happiness but also because there were so many feelings in the book that there was nothing left in me to give than my tears. I love the book all the more because it made me feel this way.

  • Eva
    2019-05-01 17:16

    This is the kind of book I would normally adore. The main love story is a true love kind of story. You know which ones I'm talking about, those never ending love stories that last for a lifetime. Furthermore, in this book you get 2 love stories for the price of one and, on top of that, you also get an interesting set in time (WW2).There are also some interesting primary and secondary characters, however, there are some crucial characters in this story that you never get to know in depth (Mainly Helen but, at some extent, the same could be said for Bel, Corinne or Aggie) and what is worst in my book, the "falling in love" process is so immediate and so poorly described that fails to engage the reader.Finally, it also lacked a bit of passion and, I'm not talking only about sex. I'm mainly talking about desire or heartache. My final veredict is that although this could have easily been a 4 stars book, I could not give it more than 3-3,5 stars.

  • TinyAsian
    2019-04-26 12:02

    The moment I started reading this book, I couldn't stop. The love, especially between Corinne and Helen is so realistically mesmerizing. There are no big dating scenes or extravagant romances; it's just two people who fell in love and try to stay in love despite all the sour things that life has thrown them both into. It's sweet and filled with so much affection that it leaves you running with bittersweet emotions from the beginning until the end. This book left me crying in the middle of night, from the pain of separation and the touch of true love that can be profoundly felt between Corinne and Helen. This book is definitely one of my favourites, and definitely in my re-read list.

  • Heidi
    2019-05-22 11:27

    I like the story of finding an old book and trying to find its original owner. The story of Corrine and Helen was beautiful and heart breaking at the same time.

  • Dorothy Bennett
    2019-05-12 13:14

    For me, this is a page-turner novel with a complex storyline, like real life, and characters with baggage, like real people. It is a love story, not just a roll in the hay. Spanning three generations, the tale focuses on an elderly aunt with a past--a lesbian relationship during World War II--and a grand, old house in Ohio that contains her history. Aunt Cory, 93, wants to live in that house, filled with memories of that love, while some family members want it sold. Aggie, a professor and Cory's niece, moves in to help Cory hang onto the house and gradually learns her aunt's secrets. Beryl, a Ph.D., and an expert in rare books, lives in Washington, D.C., where she comes across a love letter involving two women and decides to track down the owner and return the letter. This quest brings her into contact with Aggie. Both are lesbians, both have had failed relationships and disappointments. Both are caring women, who deserve better from life. Werlinger's novel is a delight, as we meet all these people and their friends and family, and travel with them via a story that has past, present, and projected future. If you life REAL stories, you won't want to put this one down.

  • Sunny
    2019-05-11 13:23

    I really, really enjoyed this book. Books that go back and forth in time can be annoying, but that writing style really worked well in this case. The two stories were so intertwined that it was a perfect way to tell them both.I still have a lump in my throat...

  • Kennedy
    2019-04-25 18:57

    Aggie, Corinne, Helen and Beryl, I enjoyed each of them and their friends. What a wonderful story (past and present) about books, love, houses, and friendship. I have enjoyed each of Werlinger's books. They appear so real and reach into the depths of the reader's soul and make a connection. How each character is described has the reader engrossed in their lives cheering and/or booing loudly.

  • Elisa Rolle
    2019-05-05 15:17

    2013 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)

  • Rachel
    2019-05-14 14:10

    Such a beautiful story. Corinne and Helen's love story was heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. I absolutely loved this, it was a special book with warm and kind-hearted characters.Beryl, Aggie and Ridley -- There was true love between Beryl and Aggie. There was true friendship between Beryl and Ridley. The character development was on point.There's only one thing I hated and was pretty disappointed about: the reinforcement of gay stereotypes. A quote from the book: "You’ve got to trust a gay man about clothes.”I was extremely disappointed with this, and there were a couple more examples like that. There were a few prudish moments, but that didn't bother me, I found it refreshing tbh, as opposed to the majority of romance books.* I cannot mention the number of times I've thought "what a b**ch" about Claire. And that was one of my gentle thoughts.

  • Sandy
    2019-05-20 17:18

    Lovely storyI thoroughly enjoyed getting to know and care about the characters in this book. The author reveals their flaws with grace and eloquence so that even the characters I disliked, I felt compassion for. The love stories are complicated, but isn't life like that? I will be recommending this tender story to others.

  • Esther Jones
    2019-04-28 19:11

    It has been a long time since a book touched me like thisI still have tears in my eyes as I type this. I haven't cried like this over a book in a very long time. I fell in love with every character, and I couldn't put it down. A love that lasts for a lifetime and beyond.

  • Carry
    2019-05-21 19:21

    Finally, a lesbian love story without any sort of huge misunderstanding that breaks a couple up when it could have been all fixed with a simple "hey, I saw this and thought...".A sweet story, and I cried a little too. I will definitely check out other books by this author.

  • Deonna Bishopp
    2019-05-24 15:06

    Laughed and cried and loved this story! Book starts out kind of confusing introducing various characters stories. Chapter 6 found myself still attempting to figure out who’s who. Nice visuals, could actually smell lilacs and old books! I laughed and cried and loved this story!

  • Deonna
    2019-05-12 11:21

    Laughed and cried and loved this story!Book starts out kind of confusing introducing various characters stories. Chapter 6 found myself still attempting to figure out who’s who. Nice visuals, could actually smell lilacs and old books! I laughed and cried and loved this story!

  • Amy
    2019-05-02 16:04

    I have never read a better romance novel in all of my life!

  • Charlene Sullivan
    2019-05-06 18:05

    Really enjoyed this book, my first by Ms Werlinger. Good character development and an interesting story kept my interest. Just an overall good read.

  • Haleigh Christensen
    2019-05-15 15:20

    Grab your tissues, this will make you cry.

  • Kim
    2019-05-25 18:16

    I loved this book!

  • Anna Mladen
    2019-04-28 13:17

    This is one of those stories that make me own being a woman. So glad to have read it.These characters will continue to live in my mind, I’m sure of it.

  • Mary MacLeod
    2019-05-11 15:15

    Most enjoyable

  • Sam
    2019-05-13 16:08

    This is such a sweet romance story, actually two stories in one.

  • Kaz Bland
    2019-05-17 15:19

    Quite liked this book. Story was good and I loved how the back story was intertwined with the current times.

  • Karry
    2019-05-16 15:17

    Phenomenal story! I can honestly say this is one of the best romance novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading! It was breathtakingly. Such powerful moments throughout the entire thing. A must read (if you can appreciate the beauty of a female/female love story)!

  • Lynnae Inama
    2019-04-28 14:19

    ExcellentWhat an enjoyable read. The story is so full of experience and love. Love in a much different time. If you want to be taken there with these women, then read this book.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-25 11:16

    WonderfulI absolutely loved this book. Ms. Werlinger did a fantastic job of defining the characters- some of them charming, others despicable - and I really enjoyed the way she seamlessly took the story from past to present and back.This is the first of Ms. Werlinger's books that I've read, but it won't be the last.