Sunday, 24 April 2016

One Moment at Sunrise – by Karen Aldous

Original Cover
My own copy
The blurb:

Nothing will ever be the same again…

Evie Grant has spent two years hidden away in a quiet French village, longing to escape her beautiful villa with its blue-shuttered windows. Maybe this summer, the father of her child will keep his broken promises and return to whisk her away to another life. One way or another, Evie’s determined to stop feeling like his dirty little secret…

Yet when a mysterious stranger almost knocks Evie off her bicycle early one morning, her world begins to change in ways she never expected. Embarking on a painful journey of self-discovery, Evie begins to face her darkest fears and rebuild her fragile dreams. But can she ever truly break free from her gilded cage and learn to love again?

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

I really don’t know how to start this review, cause I was really excited about the book, loved the blurb and adore Karen as an author. This book just didn’t speak to me as much as her pervious ones did. I was really surprised by this, because also in this book the writing was full of emotions and depth. Well, et me start with the story.

The story follows Evie Grant, mother of Charlotte. She has been hiding in a house in France and the “dad” is not around. He is never there, focus in his rock star career, but keeping her at the house. She actually wants her freedom and a happy life for her and Charlotte. With Seb controlling everything that is very difficult and they are basically trapped.

When she meets Ben, a producer, under actually very dramatic circumstances that changes a bit though. She starts doing research for Ben and also starts teaching thanks to her friend Suzanne.

Evie doesn’t have a good relationship with her parents and her sister Cally. All because of Seb, they didn’t like him from the start. So Evie is finally trying to get out of the whole situation, but it’s not easy. She gets along with Ben really well and there is definitely a spark between them, butno chance there. Seb could find out…
I was actualy waiting for something to happen between them and it just didn’t, that seemed a bit weird to me. When Seb came back and tricked her, she kind of fell for his charm again at first and that just didn’t seem realistic to me.

It took me quite a while to get into the book. I was hooked in the end, but before that something was missing for me. Charlotte, Evie daughter, is really cute and I adored the scenes with her. This is what actually kept me in the story along with Ben’s and Evie’s obvious chemistry. I also liked Cally, a great character and fab sister.

Karen’s writing is really emotional and full of depth, parts of the storyline just didn’t make sense to me and that’s why I cannot give more than four stars. I still adored so many things about this book and really love Karen’s style of writing. I always felt really close to the characters and I think their feelings were captured beautifully.

The setting and the places in this book are beautiful. I have been to some of them myself and this area is just so pretty. Karen found a wonderful way to describe all of them and really capture the beauty.
This story is full of depth and touching moments!


My possible cast:

Evie: Ally Michalka

About Karen Aldous: Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in
Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine!

Karen gets much of her inspiration from her travels and if she had to choose, France, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and the USA would be her favourites. However, wherever she goes, she discovers a new character emerges in 'Karen's World'. She likes to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives - but struggle to control them! And, of course there's always a gorgeous hunk or two! 


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