elora reads :: THE LIGHT BETWEEN US

When Beth Morey invited me to read an advanced copy of The Light Between Us, I jumped at the chance. I love it when my friends take the leap and jump into self-publishing, and knowing Beth's ability to weave words together it really was a no-brainer.

For twenty-something Boston school teacher Ruth, she's gotten by just fine on playing it safe, thank you very much. But now her risk-free life and nice-girl demeanor are leaving her increasingly heartsick. So when she meets bad boy Derek, she's willing to overlook her “no romance” rule and give him a chance to prove her fears wrong. Because he, also, is plagued by a sense of ennui and pointlessness, wanting to change his fast-and-loose living but not knowing how. Neither can deny the inexplicable, illogical attraction drawing them together, and they are hard-pressed to resist it. But what will their unlikely relationship cost, and who will be caught in the crossfire?

For twenty-something Boston school teacher Ruth, she's gotten by just fine on playing it safe, thank you very much. But now her risk-free life and nice-girl demeanor are leaving her increasingly heartsick. So when she meets bad boy Derek, she's willing to overlook her “no romance” rule and give him a chance to prove her fears wrong. Because he, also, is plagued by a sense of ennui and pointlessness, wanting to change his fast-and-loose living but not knowing how.

Neither can deny the inexplicable, illogical attraction drawing them together, and they are hard-pressed to resist it. But what will their unlikely relationship cost, and who will be caught in the crossfire?

What I Liked: 

This was an easy read. I purposefully chose to save this book until after the Story Sessions' retreat, and I'm so glad I did. It's light, romantic, and quick on the plot. If I hadn't had some work-related things I needed to do while reading the book, I probably could have finished it in one setting. 

What I Loved: 

Ruth and Derek. Their characters were so engaging I wanted to know more. I wanted more of Ruth interacting with her girlfriends, more of the backstory of how Ruth and Derek got to be where they were, more of Derek and his friends, more of Ruth's history of writing...just more. 

I also loved that this book reminded me of Serendipity in a lot of ways. Remember that movie? I loved-hated that movie because of how frustratingly realistic the missed-opportunities were for the couple. Yeah. Buckle down. This book is like that and I kinda loved it.

What You Should Know: 

In Story Sessions we have this saying of choose yourself. It goes for a lot of things, really, but Morey did it by self-publishing this title and staking her claim within the indie author market. It's a huge risk. HUGE. Check out this blog post she wrote a few weeks ago on her perfectly-inperfect book launch. I already had respect for this woman before she wrote about listening to her critics with a patient ear. After this post? That respect sky-rocketed. From someone who knows what it's like to be on the proverbial chopping block of book reviewers and naysayers, I love-love-love her attitude here. 

We need more of her in the indie world.

You can find THE LIGHT BETWEEN US on Amazon and Beth Morey on GOODREADS.

Posted on July 3, 2014 and filed under fiction, elora reads.