Apr 152013
Review: One Moment, One MorningOne Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on Dec 20, 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Format: Paperback from Giveaway Prize
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

The Brighton to London line. The 7:44 am train. Cars packed with commuters. One woman occupies her time observing the people around her. Opposite, a girl puts on her make-up. Across the aisle, a husband strokes his wife’s hand. Further along, another woman flicks through a glossy magazine. Then, abruptly, everything changes: a man collapses, the train is stopped, and an ambulance is called.
For at least three passengers on the 7:44 on that particular morning, life will never be the same again. There’s Lou, in an adjacent seat, who witnesses events first hand. Anna, who’s sitting further up the train, impatient to get to work. And Karen, the man’s wife.

Telling the story of the week following that fateful train journey, One Moment, One Morning is a stunning novel about love and loss, about family and – above all– friendship. A stark reminder that, sometimes, one moment is all it takes to shatter everything. Yet it also reminds us that somehow, despite it all, life can and does go on.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a powerful look at how grief affects people differently, and how your closeness to the person who passes away may not have a direct effect on the way it touches you. The story had a serious tone, yet was engrossing and entertaining.

More character driven than plot driven, the story focused on three women and how their lives changed within a week. This condensed time frame allowed minute detail to be disclosed and discussed in an intimate way. It was never overwhelming, but instead, helped bring the characters to life and make them more realistic.

Overall, it was a touching book that will have you relating to at least one of the characters. While it is sad with grief everwhere, it is not a book that left me crying, but instead, had me thinking about life, and how you have to make the most of what you have.

  One Response to “Review: One Moment, One Morning”

  1. I just read The Two Week Wait by the same author. I didn’t know about this book, but it appears to be about some of the same characters. I may take a closer look at this one.

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