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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Review: The Space Between

The Space Between
by Sandra Cormier

Margaret embarks on a Polynesian vacation with her husband in an attempt to save their marriage. The plane crashes, leaving Margaret marooned with David, a popular actor.

The challenges of survival pull them together. Her dormant sensuality reawakened, she fights her intense desire for him. Is the attraction he claims to have for her real? Or only the effects of their beautiful island home? Once rescued, they resume their former lives, attempting to put their shared experience behind them. They soon realize their passion can't be denied.

The Space Between is the story of two people that live through a plane crash and must struggle to survive on a deserted tropical island. At first glance the story seems fairly predictable. However, nothing is typical in this story. Margaret is a forty-something mother of three traveling with her husband to mark their anniversary. David is a fifty-something aging actor. When the plane crashes they must struggle with the fact they may be the only survivors and they may never get rescued.

I found the character of Margaret in a way beautiful. She is resourceful, strong willed and loyal, loyal to the memory of a man who has only ever held her back. But once she is on her own she re-discovers her inner fire and never looks back. Her growing attraction for David scares her and his attraction for her causes her no end of confusion, for why would he want her when he could have his pick of attractive women. She is also a woman who is finally finding her way in life and she isn’t sure that she wants to add a man back into the mix.

David is a famous actor, who even though married, finds himself drawn to Margaret. And it leaves him wondering about the happiness of his life. Once stranded with Margaret he struggles to not act on his attraction for her and also to protect her from the evil that is marooned with them. He is strong and in a way brave, but also able to accept that Margaret knows things he doesn’t and that he needs her to survive, just as she needs him.

The interaction between the two characters is filled with tension but also with understanding. They have found themselves in a very difficult situation and they need to accept the flaws and challenges of the other person. Sandra Cormier did a wonderful job of making you feel the blossoming trust and love that is developing between her two characters. I liked that the ending of the story has a bit of twist, but that it all works out for a very pleasant Happy Ever After.

The Space Between is the debut novel of Sandra Cormier, and let me say she is a wonderful addition to romance. Her mature characters are refreshing and well developed and that they can find love later in life gives us hope for the future. And Sandra does a really great job making you feel as though you are right there in that island paradise. This book was a fun, fast paced read, with just enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat. I would recommend it to all readers who are looking for a sweet book with just a little bit of spice thrown in.



Review by Zinnia

4 comments:

Cathy said...

Out of the three reviews today, this book is probably the most interesting.

Estella said...

Books that have mature heroes and heroines are hard to find.
Hurrah! for Ms Cormier.

Chumplet said...

Well, not bad for a first review! Such kind words give authors a reason to keep writing. Thank you, Zinnia and the ladies at Long and Short!

--Sandra Cormier

wordtryst said...

This does not sound like a typical romance at all. I'm piqued. I'd definitely read it.