Book: Distance and Time
Author: Mel Henry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Carlene Cooper was your average teenager. Average, that is, except for her relationship with Josh McCarthy, member of teen mega-group, South Station Boyz. Young love blossomed at a chance meeting when Carly was a senior in high school and Josh was just discovering what stardom really meant. Despite their chemistry, it was no surprise to anyone when their very different lives took very different paths a few months down the road.
Years later, their paths cross again, and they must decide if the spark they felt back then is strong enough to rekindle. Josh has built a name for himself in show business, but Carly, too, has planted roots as a journalist in New York City. Will they be able to successfully merge their lives and overcome the obstacles that drove them apart a decade earlier?
Just as she comes to the decision that will change their lives one way or the other, tragedy strikes and Detective Trey Foster enters her life unexpectedly. Now, Carly is faced with another choice. Will she choose the man she’s spent her whole life loving, or will she push it aside for a chance at happiness out of the spotlight?
Louisa’s 3.5 Star review
This is a debut novel and I have to say I enjoyed it.
The story begins in 2003, when Carly is heading back home for her 10 year High school reunion.
As she travels back she flashes back to her high school years.
Carly – the average teenage girl, who just wants to go as far from home when college comes. She lives with her mother, who is a pushover, and an overbearing step father. She is the teenager we all remember being, posters of the latest and greatest boy band on our wall. For Carly it was the South Station Boyz. She was infatuated with Josh, the lead singer of the band.
She talks her mom and step dad into letting her go to Chicago for the weekend to look at a college. While there, she makes friends and they talk her into going to the clubs for the night and low and behold she has a chance meeting with Josh. I know, I know, you are thinking, please, a pop star falls in love with a “regular” girl. But this book was so much more than that.
Josh was a nice guy, he just danced with Carly, talked to Carly, enjoyed her company. And yes, their weekend together is a whirlwind, but there was no BDSM, crazy sex, or drugs. Just some innocent time together and maybe a kiss or two. It was refreshing. To read a book that showed us the innocence of teenage infatuation and love.
We follow their relationship through the years and watch as they grow and even grow apart. The metamorphosis of their friendship, love affair and life is beautiful to watch. This book is a refreshing change to many books on the market today. There is no bdsm, no alpha male, (yes there is a rock star but he’s not really a jerk) and it was so nice to read this sweet story about real life.
I always enjoy an epilogue that brings everything full circle. Beautiful debut novel!
Mel Henry has been an avid reader since stealing her first Harlequin from her mom’s nightstand in second grade. Because some words were too big for her seven-year-old vocabulary, she took to writing her own stories (much to the relief of her teacher) and has been doing so ever since.
After having held various jobs in her life that brought her no satisfaction and only a piddly income, she decided to publish her first book. She figured being a starving artist instead of just starving sounded much more interesting. Being able to do it in her pajamas and no make-up are just perks to the job.
Living in Iowa with her husband and a couple of teenaged kids, Mel’s an avid cook (sometimes by choice), traveler (always by choice), and a hardcore warrior against chronic Lyme disease (definitely not by choice). She loves concerts, thunderstorms, and good coffee. She loathes conspiracy theories, egotistical people, and sushi.
She is currently collaborating with three other authors on a project, and has the foundation in place for her next series. In the meantime, you can find her current works on Amazon and other online booksellers.
Still reeling from a break-up with his first love, Carly, Josh McCarthy is replanting his roots in Los Angeles in an attempt to start over. Once part of South Station Boyz (a teen super-group in the ‘90s), and a lengthy stint with a Broadway theater company, success is something that has always come easily to Josh—at least where his career is concerned. Love, on the other hand, has been a struggle.
With a new role on a hit TV show and a change of scenery, Josh is hoping to get back on track in every aspect of his life, with or without Carly. Meeting model-turned-agent, Abby Levy, should be the answer to his “without Carly” equation. So why do his thoughts keep driving back to her? Every day, to his own detriment, he finds new ways to compare his new love to his old one. He just wants to move on and not feel her absence anymore.
Now faced with another major life decision, Josh decides to take a trip back to the Big Apple—back to Carly—to either reclaim his lost love or to finally gain the closure he needs to move on. What will he decide, and can everything really get Better in Time?
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