Georgie Capron returns to the blog today with a tale of a marriage and family, through ups, downs and tragedies in
The Distance Between Us
Tasha and Charlie have been married nearly twelve years now, he’s working in the financial district, and she’s been managing the house and kids. While Charlie’s hours are increasing and his time (and attention) at home is lessened, Tasha is feeling overlooked and taken advantage of, and is more capable of stuffing down the anger and resentment at what she sees as Charlie’s failings, than actually making a stand and making him see. Oh it’s a fairly typical picture of the uneven distribution of the slights, struggles and challenges that come up in a marriage: kids in seventeen directions with mood-swings, fights and school projects – the weekends so packed with ‘fun and escape’ making the return to routine all the more difficult.
But Tasha is restless and more than a bit resentful, and that anger and resentment that she just stuffs down and doesn’t speak of with Charlie only simmers until the lid comes off the pot. Tasha, despite us being told she trained as a GP, has few mature reactions to any of the challenges, and she makes a colossal ‘mistake’, one that she instantly feels guilty for, but that will tear her world apart. And the hero of this piece, I have to say, is Charlie. He’s the one making all the effort to not see Tasha lose the respect of his and her family, to not share the reason he’s left the family home with anyone.
I’m not a fan of stories with cheating spouses, and for the early moments after the split, Tasha’s reactions and repeated “I’m sorry” with few to no actual demonstrations of change, felt more as if she was sorry she was caught out. But, her choice to start working again, this time in something different, brings her a new focus and outside interests, and a major loss for Charlie brings them to a crossroad, and after much searching on both sides, a second chance to make the marriage work in ways unexpected.
Capron brings the characters and their flaws to light, and while there are moments that both characters are easy to empathize with, the immaturity and lack of foresight in Tasha’s choices made me want to strangle her, or slap her in almost equal measure, more than once. It’s never easy to say – look at me – when you are feeling pushed aside, but I also found frustration with Charlie –late arrivals home, wrapped in his own concerns, he could have been more interested and involved, even without prompting. Yet, I wanted to see this story to the end, finding them discovering if the good and potential outweighed the hurts inflicted on one another.
Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Georgie Capron
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: Aria
Published on: 1 July, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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