The Distance Between Us by Maggie O'Farrell Headline $124 Jake and his girlfriend Mel are caught in a crush during the Lunar New Year celebrations in Hong Kong. When doctors tell Mel she may not survive the night, she convinces Jake to marry her. But she pulls through and the newlyweds return to Britain. Although British, Jake was born in Hong Kong and speaks fluent Cantonese. To escape his marriage he visits his estranged father's home in the Scottish town of Kildoune. Meanwhile, Italian-Scottish Stella has just quit her job in London and moved to Kildoune to escape a dark secret. The love story between the two jumps backwards and forwards in time, with back-stories about three generations of each of their families.