Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Review: The Space Between Us by Anie Michaels

They always belonged to each other but even a fated love can be fractured.

Shy, artistic, and withdrawn 11-year-old Charlie McBride tries to get her footing as she copes with the loss of her mother, the move to a new town, and starting a new school. Asher Carmichael steps into her life, provides a steadfast friendship that offers her protection to grow into a beautiful, young woman. As years pass, their friendship evolves into a passionate first love neither one of them can deny. Together they explore a new relationship filled with all the butterflies and heartache expected as two young adults navigate sex, love, and trust.

One fateful night, a painful mistake leads to cataclysmic results, setting the lovers on separate paths. Charlie is too hurt to forgive and Asher has never been so lost without his Charlie. Years pass. Hearts remain broken. Neither one can forget their first love or overcome the space between them.

4.5 Wonderful Stars

Review by Allison East

Anie Michaels is a new author for me, I have not read any of her other books- but this won't be my last. And as much as I hated the hero around 49%- I had to finish in hopes that he redeemed himself, and he did.

The story takes us through Charlie and Asher's lives from fifth grade, all the way through adult hood. How they started as friends; and turned into so much more- then parted ways after a tragedy, then once again back in each other's arms for a tumultuous relationship, but ultimately a happily ever after. And even though they had their problems, they were soul mates, and you couldn't help but enjoy them as a couple.

Charlie got bullied the first day of her new school, and Asher stood up for her then. They became best friends, and even in the back of their minds they knew it was going to be more. I loved how they met, and how Charlie and Asher formed a bond that a lot of people don't get to have- a best friend in the fifth grade, turns into a friend for life.

Charlie turned out strong and capable- even after life threw some shit her way, she handled it very well, and going into part three, where they were both adults-I knew Asher was going to have some explaining to do. And I am glad he was given the chance.

Asher is definitely an alpha male and would do anything for his Charlie. But after an unforgivable situation happens in college- he went from hero of the story- to villain in my book. I knew Ms. Michaels had to have some tricks up her sleeve if she was going to make me like this character again after what he did. And I almost put the book down there! But boy am I glad I kept reading. I just had to know if that same boy would turn into an equally repugnant man, and that was furthest from the truth.
The Space Between Us is a fantastic novel, told over time- with a well thought out plot and lovable characters- and interesting secondary characters as well. I would have liked an epilogue- but my mind can wonder at what happened to this couple, and I only have good thoughts. Pick up this book to add to your library.



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