November 18, 2010

One moment, one morning

I finally took the time and finished Sarah Rayner's excellent book One moment, one morning earlier this week.

Three women on the morning train from Brighton to London. Suddenly a man collapses, the train is stopped and an ambulance is called. For Karen, Anna and Lou life will never be the same again.

The book tells the story of the week following that fateful train journey. Karen is now a widow with two small children. Anna, Karen's best friend, ends an overdue relationship and Lou tells her mum something she's been wanting to do for a long, long time.

This is a book about love, loss and friendship and an excellent reminder that it only takes one moment to change everything, but life can and does go on. I know, because I was only 14 year's old when dad died and mum about the same age as Karen when she became a widow. So actually from time to time it was a bit painful to read what they were going through, but at the same time comforting. It's painful to lose someone and Sarah Rayner is very good at describing how people react and think. A good read, but tissues are definitely needed.

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