Just Between Us was my first book to read by Deborah Bedford. From the first page, I discovered her very realistic writing style, and was immediately captured by the characters and intrigued by the plot.
The age issue she presents in this book cause the reader to think. The first mention is when Ann's father refers to her as a “woman,” yet she is only 14! The other moment is in reference to her boyfriend, the baby's father, who is sixteen. When I think about myself at fourteen and again at sixteen, it seems to me that a sixteen year old is too old to be dating a fourteen year old.
From the beginning, the overall Christian element of the book is somewhat lacking. Although one of the characters, Monica, prays, there is no apparent relationship with God, and yet I expected that it should be.
In spite of that criticism, this was a great book. I was very surprised to find that it was published by Steeple Hill, as I hadn't found the depth in their books that I found in this one. I hope they continue to print this quality of books. I loved it, and look forward to reading more books by this author. -- Tammy Hornbeck, Christian Book Previews.com
“I’m going to have a baby. Me. Ann. My dad is not gonna understand.” So begins Deborah Bedford’s JUST BETWEEN US, an entertaining and thoughtful tale about the meaning of self-sacrifice and the power of love.
Fourteen-year-old Ann was right. Richard Small didn’t understand how he and his daughter had grown so far apart, or why he was angry all the time. Missing his late wife more than ever, he arranged for a Big Sister to offer Ann the support he felt incapable of giving himself.
Enter Monica Albright. Adopted as a baby by a wealthy and loving family, Monica wanted to pass on the blessings granted to her. At thirty-two, she had a lot of love to give her new Little Sister.
What Monica didn’t count on was falling in love with Ann’s father. Or that the very person who had brought them together could ultimately keep them apart…