#BlogTour #Bookreview The Distance by Zoe Folbigg

 Today I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for the charming ‘The Distance’ by Zoe Folbigg

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What they say:  From the author of the bestselling novel,The Note, comes this beautiful, romantic tale of finding love in the most unexpected places. Under the midnight sun of Arctic Norway, Cecilie Wiig goes online and stumbles across Hector Herrera in a band fan forum. They start chatting and soon realise they might be more than kindred spirits. But there are two big problems: Hector lives 8,909km away in Mexico. And he’s about to get married.

Can Cecilie, who’s anchored to two jobs she loves in the library and a cafe full of colourful characters in the town in which she grew up, overcome the hurdles of having fallen for someone she’s never met? Will Hector escape his turbulent past and the temptations of his hectic hedonistic life and make a leap of faith to change the path he’s on?

Zoe Folbigg’s latest novel is a story of two people, living two very different lives, and whether they can cross a gulf, ocean, sea and fjord to give their love a chance.

The Review: Cecilie Wiig, who works in a library and a cafe, is a fan of Depeche Mode. As you will see above she goes online and finds Hector Herrera, who is living a very different life in Mexico, where he is being emotionally blackmailed by his girlfriend of six years, Pilar, into marrying him. The book has a timeline that skitters about, as we see both through the forum and everyday life, how Cecilie and Hector are kindred spirits, even though they are literally worlds apart. We also get another pov, that of Kate, who suspects her husband may be cheating on her. I found Kate’s story the easiest to read and looked forward to how the three stories were going to join up.

I enjoyed Hector and Cecilie’s exchanges, even though their music and other cultural and artistic tastes didn’t really resonate with my own.  I’m afraid that although I loved the Norwegian setting, I also found the Norwegian bustle a bit confusing at times. There was surprisingly one or two scenes, both set in Mexico, that I winced a little at, finding them quite tough, but in a way I suppose I could marry it with the book in setting the scene of how different Mexico was from Cecile’s cozy Norway, or Kate’s very relatable home in England. That being said I was mesmerized by tragic back stories that made my gut twist and marvelled at fantastic settings that made everything so real that I was right there. I was very much taken by the story itself, looking to see how, if they could, they would end up together. Thanks so much to Aria for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Note: See my review of ‘The Note’ here

About the author

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Zoë Folbigg is a magazine journalist and digital editor, starting atCosmopolitan in 2001 and since freelancing for titles including Glamour, Fabulous, Daily Mail, Healthy, LOOK, Top Santé, Mother & Baby, ELLE, Sunday Times Style, and Style.com. In 2008 she had a weekly column in Fabulous magazine documenting her year-long round-the-world trip with Train Man a man she had met on her daily commute. She has since married Train Man and lives in Hertfordshire with him and their two young sons. She is the bestselling author of The Note.

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Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for ‘The Note’ by Zoe Folbigg, a beautiful book with a ‘Sliding Doors’  feel emulating from it.

What they say: As featured on ITV’s ‘This Morning’…

Based on Zoë Folbigg’s true story comes an unforgettable romance about how a little note can change everything… 
 
One very ordinary day, Maya Flowers sees a new commuter board her train to London, and suddenly the day isn’t ordinary at all. Maya knows immediately and irrevocably, that he is The One.  
 
But the beautiful man on the train always has his head in a book and never seems to notice Maya sitting just down the carriage from him every day. Eventually, though, inspired by a very wise friend, Maya plucks up the courage to give the stranger a note asking him out for a drink. Afterall, what’s the worst that can happen? 
 
And so begins a story of sliding doors, missed opportunities and finding happiness where you least expect it. 
 
The Note is an uplifting, life-affirming reminder that taking a chance can change everything…

The Review:

“Maya has done it. She has delivered three sentences and a friendly sign-off. Black Stabilo OHPen ink in Fine 0.7mm width whispered nervously across white paper that was once crisp, and now it is out of her hands.”

This is THE Note. Our lovely protagonist Maya has just completed her hand-off, passing it to a stranger, who, we are intrigued to find out, doesn’t really seem to be a stranger, she knows too much about him and his daily habits and we soon come to realise she is smitten. I loved ‘hearing’ Maya’s thoughts on Train Man, the name she has given him, a name that many of her fellow workers at FASH, a large “clothing giant” where Maya works, know.

On the FASH front, we have a world where everybody rushes, where all manners of personalities meet, and sometimes clash, and what with the pace and the fantastic descriptions of clothing, setting and people, I was hooked. I’d prefer to not give too much away on this  one, it really is a book that you nod and smile along as you look at the worlds of Train man (James to you and me) and Maya, seeing places where their worlds could have intersected, but didn’t and I loved, loved , loved some of the near misses.

My only issue at all, given that everything else about the book, the backdrops, scenery and descriptions were so fantastic and real, was that for me the tense or perhaps the narrative in general, used made it difficult to read for very long periods of time. Whereas with some books, and particularly romantic comedies, I can sit back and fall into them, this was a book where I found I needed a break from at times, maybe the narrative was more serious than I’m used to and had me needing to concentrate more, I don’t know. Saying that the book was conversely so lovely in a dreamy way and yet so sharp, I would generally fall back into it straight away, and was never lost. Actually, I have to say this was the only aspect that took away at all from the book, everything else took hold, what with our glimpses into James’ life (a special mention has to go to Kitty here, I can’t tell you who she is but wow is she a personality to contend with!), Maya’s life, which also includes the extraordinary Nina, her best friend who entertains at kids parties (another lovely aside) and a class that Maya teaches filled with some great characters (another special mention for Velma!).

It also has to be mentioned that there’s a lovely little trick the author does where every so often you catch little exchanges between bystanders that make you smile or lean in just a little. It gave us the impression that we were in on something with all the characters, which I loved. The FASH office with its constant drama, overseen by the nasty but at times hilariously dramatic Cressida Blaise Snellman, the lovely romance, the sparkling humour made this book mesmirising. Definitely recommended, and the perfect read for this time of year too. Thanks so much to the lovely Melanie from Aria and to Netgalley for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

About the author

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Zoë Folbigg is a magazine journalist and digital editor, starting at Cosmopolitan in 2001 and since freelancing for titles including Glamour, Fabulous, Daily Mail, Healthy, LOOK, Top Santé, Mother & Baby, ELLE, Sunday Times Style, and Style.com. In 2008 she had a weekly column in Fabulous magazine documenting her year-long round-the-world trip with ‘Train Man’ – a man she had met on her daily commute. She has since married Train Man and lives in Hertfordshire with him and their two young sons. This is her debut novel.

 

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