Monday, June 19, 2017

In This Moment Review

I am SO HAPPY right now!! I read an entire book yesterday!!

This is exciting, and worthy of multiple exclamation points, mainly because it means that I actually had some down time to spend on one of the many books I packed with me when we left North Dakota for DC. I have been so busy lately trying to find a home for us to live in that I've had zero time for books, the blog, or anything other than stress-inducing Zillow analyzing. Cross your fingers that the place we filled out an application for actually comes through for us!!

So, the book I read yesterday was another one sent to me by Booksparks for their Summer Reading Challenge! Whoever it was over there that picked their selections for this program did a great job because so far I have really enjoyed every one of the books they've sent to me. They get a giant gold star! ⭐

 In This Moment by Karma Brown is a novel about a woman's guilt over a couple small choices she's made in her life that have had HUGE consequences for herself and others, and how old wounds can come back to haunt you.

Meg Pepper is running late to get her teen-aged daughter Audrey to the dentist after school. She's sick with strep. Her boss at the realty company can't seem to do anything without her help. Her husband Ryan is so busy with his career as a doctor, and starting up his own private practice, that he's not really helping to pick up the slack at home. And all Meg wants to do is crawl back into bed.

As she's leaving the school, she waves a boy to cross the road in front of her...and he's hit by a car driven by a teacher responding to a text on her phone. The guilt she feels brings up long-repressed guilt for an accident she feels responsible for back when she was a teen herself. Before long, this small act of waving her hand has thrown many peoples lives into a tailspin...and we're left wondering how bad it's going to get before the crash and burn.

I devoured this book. Now, it may have had something to do with the fact that I was SO excited to actually have a book in my hand...but once I started it, I didn't want to set it back down again. This book would make a great book club selection for a few different reasons. At 282 pages, it was a quick read...and comes complete with book club questions in the back (which is always a nice touch!). And then there is the fact that it is chock-full of high-quality conversation fodder.

Meg can't sleep. She's struggling to deal with her daughter, who witnessed the accident also, and is falling apart in the relatively typical rebellious way. Her work is suffering. She's the sort-of harried woman who uses her smart-phone to remind her of everything, and before long she's mixing up dates of important work items and her car is broken down because she forgot to schedule maintenance. It is really one thing after another. But the big kicker is the relationship she starts to build with the father of Jack, the boy who was hit by the car, and what that means for her marriage.

I'm giving this one 4 stars on Goodreads, and I can't thank the author and Booksparks enough for sending it my way. I desperately needed this distraction from my house-hunting issues, and it was a  reminder that my problems aren't as big as they feel at times! The author did a great job of making the characters feel real and their reactions to issues feel truthful. Meg could be any number of friends of mine...and it was interesting to think of how we would deal with these problems.

Hopefully I will be back to multiple posts a week soon, so don't give up on me yet folks!! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, and reading some good books! 😀

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