Format read: ebook provided by publisher through NetGalley
Release Date: September 4th 2012
Number of pages: 384 pages
Formats available: ebook, paperback
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Tesla Martin is drifting pleasantly through life, slinging lattes at Morningstar Mocha, enjoying the ebb and flow of caffeine-starved customers, devoted to her cadre of regulars. But none of the bottomless-cup crowd compares with Meredith, a charismatic force of nature who can coax intimate tales from even the shyest of Morningstar’s clientele.Caught in Meredith’s sensual, irresistible orbit, inexpressibly flattered by the siren’s attention, Tesla shares long-buried chapters of her life, holding nothing back. Nothing Meredith proposes seems impossible—not even Tesla sleeping with Meredith’s husband, Charlie, while she looks on. After all, it’s all in fun, isn’t it?
In a heartbeat, vulnerable Tesla is swept into a spectacular love triangle. Together, gentle, grounded Charlie and sparkling, maddening Meredith are everything Tesla has ever needed, wanted, or dreamed of, even if no one else on earth understands. They’re three against the world.
But soon one of the vertices begins pulling away until only two points remain—and the space between them gapes with confusion, with grief and with possibility .
The Space Between Us tells the story of Tesla, a 20 something barista facing a tempting offer. Her female crush, Meredith, suggest a a daring experiment including her husband Charlie and Tesla. How can Tesla resist? A chance to get nearer to Meredith , who knows what might happen next. It sounds like an easy choice but nothing in life is as easy as it seems at first glance. An uncomplicated and liberal engagement can turn into something serious and strict very quick and so Tesla finds herself in tangle of hopes, expectations and little untold truths.
Tesla is not your ordinary girl even though she hates to see herself that way. She spent her childhood summers in a commune celebrating free life and love. Her past experiences did make her the woman she is now and her current living arrangements seem uncommon to the “ordinary” observer. She’s content with her current life- more or less, as most of us are. It’s what her life is and she accepts it. Tesla’s story is told in 2 parts. On the one hand we follow her current life and how her new relationship with Charlie and Meredith influences her life. On the other hand we get a glimpse of her teen years and made her into the person she is now. These two sides of the story show Tesla in many facets and gave me as a reader a really close grab of who she is. It’s hard to explain in a few words but at the end of the book you will see who Tesla is and why she does the things she thinks need doing.
I didn’t much care for Meredith though. She’s a glowing character who always seems to succeed in flocking people around herself. She needs the attention and even more so needs to be the center of everyone’s intention. She is a fun person, full of energy and ideas. She’s daring and always happy to take risks even if those might hurt some of the people around her. For me Meredith sometimes seems as if she really only cares about herself. She lives in her own personal little bubble and just ignores the needs of anyone around her. She’s selfish and too self centered for my taste. I had a constant urge to slap her real hard.
Charlie on the other hand is a lovely character. Oh this guy made me smile. I liked how laid back and nerdy he is. He’s taking a bit of a backseat in the story as the focus lays on Tesla but every time we get a glimpse he
The relationship between these three is portrayed rather realistic. It’s not your usual menage where everyone gets what he/she wants. We see the ups and downs, the good and the bad days. Like real life this relationship too has to survive the small problems and hurdles. It is, as I do expect from a Megan Hart novel, a retelling of the journey not the goal. I love that about her books! The close to truth factor you can find in each of Hart’s stories.
Another thing I loved is to see characters from other Megan Hart novels again. We do see quite some in this one. It’s nothing really prominent and I’m sure Megan Hart newbies wouldn’t even notice but well it makes my heart sing to see some familiar faces.
The Space Between Us is not your common romance novel. It goes deeper than the all shiny and happy HEA retellings and won’t make dream of unicorns and sunshine. It challenges not only your heart but also your mind. You will catch yourself contemplating the ins and out of such a relationship and how it would work in real life. I admit The Space Between Us is not my favorite of Hart’s work but still it made me turn the pages and tempted me to read just one more chapter till I reached the final one.
I give The Space Between Us 4 Stars