Saturday, May 13, 2017

In This Moment by Karma Brown

Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: May 31, 2017

Karma Brown's In This Moment ended up being a very addicting read. The main character is Meg Pepper. Meg's a mom, a wife, a successful realtor, and a woman tormented by her past. After picking up her daughter, she's at an intersection and stops to allow a teen boy to cross. What Meg never notices is that there's a driver down the road who's using a cell phone. That driver runs a stop sign and plows into the boy leaving him critically injured.

Meg and her daughter know the boy. Their families are friends. Worse, this one even brings Meg's past back to the forefront of her mind and she's struggling with the memories. As time goes on, it's clear that she has to decide what's more important: her family or events of the past.

I loved In This Moment. The characters were well developed and, though they had flaws, I could understand where they were coming from. The writing also flowed smoothly from start to finish and kept me hooked. I don't know if you could say there were easy answers in this book, and I'm glad that it was portrayed with that level of realism. I actually knew a person who hit and killed a young boy who ran out in front of her. Decades later, she still struggled with the events that day and always did the "what if..." While Meg's situation was different, the overall emotional tug-of-war is the same.

With summer, hopefully, on its way. I can see Karma Brown's novel begin a great choice for the beach or your backyard lounge chair.

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