Now, the book isn't all bad. It does a decent job in creating believable characters, even if it didn't quite manage to make me care much about them. It also portrayed a fairly believable reaction to an unexpected death of a loved one.
But the blurbs on the book describe it as a "thriller" and a "page-turner," and although the pages do turn fairly nicely mostly because the subject matter doesn't require much introspection , there's absolutely nothing thrilling about it. I don't think there's a single moment of suspense in the whole book.
Overall, I give it a resounding "meh. View 1 comment. Feb 20, Joyce rated it it was amazing Shelves: first-reads. The fact that at one moment lives can be shattered and turned around is something that we all experience at one point in our lives. Karen, Anna and Lou, the main characters of this book are brought together by this one incident. How this incident affects their lives and their friendship is the focus of the book.
The characters are likeable and real and you want to get to know them.
Although the story takes place in London, it is something that can happen anywhere. The author keeps you interested The fact that at one moment lives can be shattered and turned around is something that we all experience at one point in our lives. The author keeps you interested in the main character's lives and make you want to read to find out what happens to them.
A great first-read. I picked up this book on a shopping spree at Amazon simply because I liked the cover, well okay, not entirely the truth. A quick read of the description and I was sold. I liked the idea of that one defining moment that changes the lives of the ones witnessing it. But apart from that quick glance at the description, I didn't really know what to expect. But by the end of page two I was caught in the drama, that one defining moment. It all happened so fast that I felt my head spinning.
I didn't see I picked up this book on a shopping spree at Amazon simply because I liked the cover, well okay, not entirely the truth. I didn't see it coming at all but that's just the thing. That one moment came out of the blue not only for me but also for the three women the book follows. By starting the book like this it me, the reader, in a similar state of shock and confusion as the women.
I felt their pain. My eyes burned with their tears over the loss of a person I didn't know. Although the book begins with the death of a loved one it is in many ways a wonderful life affirming story about these three women and how that death makes them rethink their lives.
Some forced, some inspired by the sudden reminder of how easy a life is lost. I truly enjoyed every page of this book and despite that I know some of the more graphic scenes which are few will be a bit too much for some it is a book I would gladly recommend. Oct 27, Wendi rated it did not like it Shelves: chick-lit. The review on the cover of the book said, "You'll laugh. You'll cry Now, cry I did, for about the first 4 nights of reading it. I blubbered myself to sleep each night, and then after that went into a mind-numbing depression while plowing through page after page of nit-picky detail.
I'm going to save my savvy literary critique for another book. This one made me want to throw out the Prozac and shout "Yippee! And, just to add, I'm pretty sure my husband hates the book because I have forced fish oils down his throat and made a dreaded doctor's appointment so he can schedule a stress test. View 2 comments. Mar 10, Pavithraa Swaminathan rated it really liked it Shelves: books-for-rainy-days , brilliant-storytelling , heart-wrenching.
The story starts off with the ill fortune that befalls on Karen, one of the lead protagonists, and moves to give us all a detailed account of how a sudden death can affect the near and dear. And more than the wonderful account of all the female protagonists and their lives, what moved me most was the wonderful nature of female friendships and how they can push over and grow a person.
This book was a scintillating ode to all the female friendships and the author has very much highlighted the same in her dedications. All the talk about relationships between partners and between a child and her parents just holds up a mirror for the readers to look into and assess ourselves against their circumstances.
While Karen and Simon did have an intimate, close relationship, the way she berates herself for not taking her of him and pushing to take his health more seriously does make us question our own selves. Are we talking care of ourselves enough?
Are we taking care of the people we love? And more than just being concerned, the book throws light on the subtle things which gets ignored and which, over a period of time, causes a catastrophe in our lives. And the subject of homosexuality was well presented.
This being the first book I read which had those subjects in it, I did like the way how the book didn't shy away from discussing the many painful facts about being a homosexual. When the secret becomes too much bear and she finally comes to her family about it, the subtle transformation that takes place in Lou's mother was so beautifully written. Overall, I really loved the book for what it presented - female relationships and the process of healing which allows humans to be at peace with life and move on with it!
A lovely book and I would recommend it to anyone who's looking to read a good book dealing with the topics of love, loss, grief and healing. It was an ordinary Monday morning on the commuter train to London. Passengers were engaged in a variety of activities. A young woman named Lou, a people watcher, observes the intricate details of one young woman applying her makeup, while she notices that another is leafing through a glossy magazine.
One couple, seemingly having a nice conversation, catches Lou's eye: they seem nice and compatible. The train has pulled into the station; it is raining hard outside. And then, suddenly, the man It was an ordinary Monday morning on the commuter train to London. And then, suddenly, the man across the aisle has vomited unexpectedly, and after saying "I'm sorry," he clutches his chest and his head falls to the table. Pandemonium ensues; and, while some try to call for help, others simply stare.
Within minutes, it is apparent that the man has died We follow the characters from the train, see how some of their lives intertwine, and before the ending, others will have connected. Lou, a counsellor for troubled youth and the people-watcher on the train has been keeping a secret from her mother. Anna, a well put-together young woman has a troubled home life. And Karen, the wife of the now deceased man, Simon, is stunned by events and will be struggling as she tries to deal with the aftermath.
Her two small children, Luke and Molly, will have to learn about the death of their father and deal with that loss.
Synopsis About this title The Brighton to London line. Preferred contact method Email Text message. Aislinn Hunter. We moved your item s to Saved for Later. Across a Green Ocean. 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. The View From Here.
I liked the characters and how the author showed us what their lives looked like, before and after. Little flashbacks reveal much about each of them, and I felt sad for Karen, as she recalled happier times and realizes that her dreams are now gone. New friendships develop, however, and a support network surrounds each of the characters.
A memorable story from an author I enjoy.
View all 8 comments. I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads contest and am rather glad I did.
I would not have normally picked up a book like this to read and by winning it, I was able to read a book that was quite good. I would have normally passed it by. It starts with a train trip that has a life changing happening unfold during it. It affects 3 women greatly. One the wife of the person that passes away, the other her friend who was in another train car on the same train, and the third the woman sitting across I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads contest and am rather glad I did.