The Space Between is the sweetest tale of young love. Nineteen-year-old Truman Drake is the well-off son of an Illinois Senator. He and his family relocate to Chicago and while out and about with new acquaintances, Drake crosses paths with eighteen year old Lacey Douglas, an aspiring singer. Drake hears Lacey sing and he is immediately enamored. From that moment on, he makes it his mission to cross paths with her again. When Drake and Lacey finally do see each other again, it’s for less than stellar reasons. She’s decided that Drake is bad news and wants nothing to do with him until they meet again under the most unlikely circumstances. The chemistry is there, the sparks fly and the rest is history.
This was my first time reading Ms. Smith’s work and the writing was great. I’m usually not a fan of reading novels with a younger hero and heroine but the story and the flow worked. It took some time to adjust to the ages of the characters but afterwards, it didn’t make much of a difference. I have two more of Ms. Smith’s books on my Kindle that complete the Space Between series and I’m anxious to see what lies ahead in Lacey and Drake’s future. It’s rare that an author can do something special with a simple storyline. I haven’t come across many well-written stories that feature an Asian male and a Black woman but this one definitely lands on the list of those that have been executed well.
I’d highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a simple story about goals, aspirations, and being young and in love.
-Reviewed by Natalie