The Distance by Zoe Folbigg
Published: 1st June 2018
Available on Kindle
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 Distance is Zoe Folbigg’s latest novel and like its successful predecessor The Note is explores the concept of love overcoming any obstacle. In this book it’s the story of love between Hector and Cecilie. Hector lives in Mexico and Cecilie lives in northern Norway, the two “meet” in a music chat room one evening in 2013. Over the next five years the two communicate via the internet and slowly fall in love, there’s just one major problem the distance between them. Will these two ever gain the courage to meet up and give their relationship a chance or are they destined to be pen-pals for ever?
Cecilie and Hector are two characters which I didn’t gel with for a long time. Hector seems a bit of a player and spends much of his time drinking and partying until the early hours without a care in the world. Cecilie came across as very young and naïve despite being in her late twenties, she acted more like a sulky teenager most of the time. I did warm to them towards the end of the book but only after they make big changes in their lives.
My favourite part of the story was Kate’s, who lives in England with her husband George and their three children. I immediately like Kate although I couldn’t work out her connection to either Hector or Cecilie. This is explained further on in the book but doesn’t fully make sense until the very end of the book.
I found The Distance quite a hard book to read, you have to be paying full attention as the narrative switches between and Hector, Cecilie and Kate and jumps through a time period between 2013 and 2019, so sometimes I was confused by what exactly was going on, making it a hard book to enjoy.
The Distance is a book about love finding a way, no matter what, about not giving up on your dreams and doing what makes you happy. It had some funny moment, some sad moments and some heartfelt moments which made for a well-rounded read. I liked this book, but I didn’t love it as much as Ms. Folbigg’s first novel.
Thank you to aria and Netgalley for inviting me to be part of the blog tour and sending me a copy to review.
About the Author
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. She is the bestselling author of The Note.
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