Review of The Distance Between Us by That Thing She Reads
For fans of Marian Keyes, Hurrah for Gin and Allison Pearson. A tear-jerking but uplifting modern love story about motherhood and marriage.
Happy children, happy husband, happily ever after?
Tasha knows that she should count her blessings: married for eleven years, mother to three healthy children, she should be content with her lot. However, feelings of frustration have settled over her like a dark cloud. Despite living under the same roof and sharing the same bed, Tasha has never felt so distant from her husband, Charlie. She feels worn down by the mental load of motherhood, drowning in the never-ending chores that keep the family and household afloat. Most of all she worries that her once happy marriage is slipping away from her.
Tasha longs for something to change, but when change comes calling will it really be the answer she was hoping for? And is it possible to fall in love with the same person twice?
A modern day love story about family, marriage and risking it all to have it all.
Tasha has been married to Charlie for eleven years and together they have three children all of which are at school. Recently Tasha has being finding motherhood harder and more mundane than usual and longs for more support from Charlie who seems to spend forever in the office. Whenever Tasha tries to talk to Charlie he seems to move further and further away from her. When neighbour Javier offers Tasha some kind words she succumbs to his advances and makes a massive mistake. The pair then separate, and Tasha is left even more alone wondering how on earth she’s going to cope and win Charlie back.
This is one of those novels which really highlights the adage “you don’t realise what you’ve got until its gone” in Tasha’s case she begins wake up to how supportive Charlie was being a parent and being a partner. As she works out how to be happy on her own can she find away to win back Charlie’s trust.
At the beginning I found Tasha to be a strong and independent character but after her misdemeanour she’s racked with guilt and when Charlie finds out she seems to become weak and crumble, she totally forgets how much she tried to communicate with Charlie that she was unhappy, and he just ignored her. I thought Charlie was a very realistic character and did love how the love for his children was portrayed throughout the book. I just wish he’d had the same affection for his wife then none of the drama would have happened.
The Distance Between Us was a realistic look at a marriage into trouble. It highlights the need to communicate in a relationship. Georgie Capron has managed to portray every emotion felt by these characters so as a reader we can feel the disappointment, the hope, the anger and all the frustrations throughout the story and this I really enjoyed as it felt very real. There are some sad and worrying moment sin the story which do make it quite a heavy read but I think she has managed to balance this with some more light-hearted moments with the children.
Overall I found this an enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.