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Release Date: 20th June 2019 / Publisher: Accent Press
There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…
Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.
But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.
The Space Between Time is humorous and poignant and offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.
My first book by this author. The first thing that attracted me to read it was the line of the blurb “There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…” I love quotes like this that really get you thinking about life itself. Reading further on with the blurb and I just knew I was going to love this book, despite it not being my normal genre! Emma Marie Rossini is the main character, and this story maps Emma’s life beginning with her childhood. With her father becoming an aspiring actor and spending long periods of time away from home and her grandfather a radical astrophysicist, Emma’s childhood was far from normal. As she grows up and life changes for her, Emma’s story becomes more emotional and heart-breaking.
This book was not the light-hearted journey that I thought it was going to be. I loved Emma’s character though and really felt for her as her story progresses. She obviously has big issues with her father throughout her life and when she changes her name to Marie Rossini trying to retain her Italian heritage, something which her father tries to lose, it’s obvious that changing her name is not going to solve anything and what has happened in her past has big consequences not just in her life now but in her future.
Whilst it is quite a serious and dark book, it does have delightful moments of humour which are perfectly placed throughout the story. There are though topics which are difficult to read about, such as suicide and mental health issues, but these are all written so sensitively, just like the whole book is. The book as a whole was very well written, well researched and not at all as complicated as I thought it was going to be considering it covered subjects such as astrophysics! Although, I have to admit, I have only just found out that the equations at the start of each chapter represent the chapter number. Little quirky details like that really put the icing on the cake with regards to this book!
This is a heart-breaking, yet uplifting story showing the long lasting effects of what happens in childhood could map out your entire life….if you let it. A unique, quirky and hypnotising story which leaves you wanting more and thinking about your own life. Would definitely recommend.
Charlie Laidlaw was born in Paisley and is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He has been a national newspaper journalist and worked in defence intelligence. He now runs his own marketing consultancy in East Lothian. He is married with two grown-up children.