Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're checking out a second offering by an author who's work we first encountered last year with wonderful results. It comes to us via Rachel's Random Resources (surprise!) and you know what that means...there are an array of sites participating in this event, so definitely a lot more bookish fun for you! But first, we're going to dive between the epages to give you a glimpse at my own time with the story, as we turn out sights to today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...
Take A Moment
About the book...
Life is better lived in the moment
Meet Alex. She has a wonderful fiancé, a job she thrives in, and a best friend she’s known since childhood. Life’s not perfect, but it’s pretty fantastic. Until a shock diagnosis suddenly throws everything off course.
But Alex has never been one to back down from a fight. Now single and unemployed, she packs up and moves from her Glasgow hometown to vibrant Birmingham for a fresh start. In a new job, in a new city, she’s learning all over again what’s important in life.
Friendship, fun and even romance lie just around the corner – but can Alex get out of her own way and learn to just take a moment, and live?
A stunning, uplifting romance for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Jo Watson.
Do you live every day to its fullest?
Do you run full throttle whether working, playing, or something in between?
Do you not know how to say NO as an answer?
What if the FULL choice was no longer your own?
That's what this story begs you to consider. WHAT IF your world as you knew it was torn asunder but from the inside out. WHAT IF you weren't capable of doing all the things you did before, had the dread of physical and/or mental changes hanging over your head, and no control, at least for certain, over when or how it would affect you? It's a hard line to walk from the outside looking in, let alone being the one in the situation. Revealed to readers at book's end, the general story gist, the seed with which it started, came from the author's real life, and her own unwanted challenges she had to face. Learning a bit more about the health condition featured certainly gives this book a deeper connection for readers with just as much uncertainty about the future. I mean, you never know when something can come along and disturb your perfect little world. Is it better to live in fear of what MIGHT be? Or is it better to live every day to the best of our abilities, come what may?
I really enjoyed the real life connection, and honestly believe it aided in making Alex's challenges that much easier to understand. You saw her diagnosis, and ever changing condition through the eyes of someone that has been there, and it made it much more REAL. The sad part about that though is that as much as the understanding was more concrete, the smiles that more genuine...so was the heartache. From lovers to friends, coworkers to family, she gets spurned time and again...and sometimes DOES the spurning herself to avoid the unexpected heartache. It took a few very special people to come into her life in order for her to see that shutting them all down and playing hardheaded wasn't getting her any brownie points; it was simply removing the support system she could have had in place to help with the tough times. It wasn't a sign of weakness, but of acceptance, and when her house of carefully stacked cards came tumbling down, it definitely meant the difference between being lost among the many, or found among the few.
A great story for Contemporary Romance fans, infused with humor and heart. It tackles some big issues between the diagnosis, treatment of those patients both medically and personally, diversity, racism, and a few dozen or so more unexpected gems, but it also reminds us that life was meant to be lived and if we need to adjust at times to do so, then that is our prerogative.
About the author...
Nina Kaye is a contemporary romance author who writes warm, witty and uplifting reads with a deeper edge. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and much adored side-kick, James. In addition to writing, Nina enjoys swimming, gin and karaoke (preferably all enjoyed together in a sunny, seaside destination). Nina has previously published The Gin Lover’s Guide to Dating and has also been a contender for the RNA Joan Hessayson Award.
Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!