Betwixt – Melissa Pearl

ISBN-10: 1479165913  ISBN-13: 978-1479165919

Beautiful, wild-child Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes theBetwixt next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well. 

Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her body is lying in the forest while her spirit is searching for anyone who can hear her. Unfortunately the only person who can is Dale Finnigan, the guy she publicly humiliated with a sharp-tongued insult that has left him branded.

Desperate, Nicole has no choice but to haunt Dale and convince the freaked-out senior to help her. Will he find her body before it’s too late? Or will the guy who tried to kill her with his car, beat him there and finish her off before anyone finds out?

 

Nicole Tepper is a very underestimated person.  She has suffered tragedy in her life, and her way of coping is to close off to those around her.  Her parents have let her have her way, and she became known as bratty.  But she really wasn’t, just misunderstood.  She has had to live with the tragedy for two years, and it has slowly eaten away at her.  It is even eating away at her parents, so when she goes missing, the strain on their marriage is heightened.  The kids at school think she has run away, but the only person Nicole can turn to is the one person she really liked, and humiliated.

Dale has his own tragedies to deal with, and he liked Nicole, saw a kindred spirit, until she embarrassed him, and he is the only person who can hear her.  But she doesn’t know where she is.  How can Dale find Nicole if she doesn’t know where she is?  How can they find out who did this to her?

I loved the character of Nicole, and I could actually relate to her.  I understand where she is coming from, and how people have misconceptions about you, to try and explain away the behaviour.  By the end of the story, Nicole has opened up herself to the one person who could hurt her, Dale.  And Dale realises that Nicole isn’t as bad as she claims.

A lovely romance story, taken from a different perspective.

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