Just Breathe

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Unexpected change can be like a breath of fresh air—a little brisk at first,

but magic for the body and soul….

Sarah Moon tackles life's issues with a sharp wit in her syndicated comic strip Just Breathe. With both Sarah and her cartoon heroine undergoing fertility treatments, her fiction often reflects her reality. However, she hadn't scripted her husband's infidelity.

In the wake of her shattered marriage, ...

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Overview

Unexpected change can be like a breath of fresh air—a little brisk at first,

but magic for the body and soul….

Sarah Moon tackles life's issues with a sharp wit in her syndicated comic strip Just Breathe. With both Sarah and her cartoon heroine undergoing fertility treatments, her fiction often reflects her reality. However, she hadn't scripted her husband's infidelity.

In the wake of her shattered marriage, Sarah flees to the coastal town in Northern California where she grew up. There, she revisits her troubling past: an emotionally distant father, the loss of her mother and an unexpected connection with Will Bonner, the high school heartthrob skewered mercilessly in her comics. But he's been through some changes himself. And just as her heart is about to reawaken, Sarah makes a most startling discovery. She's pregnant.

The winds of change have led Sarah to this surprising new beginning. All she can do is just close her eyes…and breathe.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a lovely, moving novel with an engaging heroine. Bestselling author Wiggs's...talent is reflected in her thoroughly believable characters as well as the way she recognizes the importance of family by blood or other ties. Readers who like Nora Roberts and Susan Elizabeth Phillips will enjoy Wiggs."

-Library Journal, starred review

"Bestselling author Wiggs...keeps her romance reputation going with this feel-good story of a wronged woman who gets out on her own and gets going. Wiggs takes serious situations and weaves them into an emotionally wrought story that will have readers reaching for the Kleenex one moment and snickering out loud the next."

-Publishers Weekly

"Just Breathe is tender and heartbreaking, the story of what happens when you lose what you thought was love. But Susan Wiggs looks deeper and follows her character to something so much better, the discovery of her own true heart and her real true love. It's a beautiful novel."

-Luanne Rice

Publishers Weekly

Bestselling author Wiggs (Snowfall at Willow Lake) keeps her romance reputation going with this feel-good story of a wronged woman who gets out on her own and gets going. Sarah Moon, a comic-strip writer, is happily married to Jack Daly-until she comes home to find him entwined and naked with a business associate he had badmouthed to her just hours earlier. After five years of marriage, including months of infertility treatments because of Jack's cancer, infidelity is the last straw, and Sarah pack ups and leaves Chicago for her hometown of Glenmuir, Calif. Sarah uses her comic strip, Just Breathe, to vent her frustration and relieve her stress. The character, Shirl, is undergoing fertility treatments, getting a divorce and moving back in with her mom. (Comic strips open each section of the novel). And in Glenmuir, lo and behold, Sarah's dreams come true. She finds out she's pregnant, and begins a friendship with her high school nemesis, Will Bonner, who's now the town fire captain and a single dad whose lonely daughter reminds Sarah of herself as a young girl. Wiggs takes serious situations and weaves them into an emotionally wrought story that will have readers reaching for the Kleenex one moment and snickering out loud the next. (Sept.)

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Cartoonist Sarah Moon is shocked and devastated when she stops by her husband's work site after her latest fertility treatment and finds him with another woman. When Jack refuses to acknowledge that he has done anything wrong and says he wants a divorce, Sarah trades his prized custom restored Pontiac GTO for a MINI Cooper and heads for Glenmuir, the small northern California town where she grew up. Somewhat to Sarah's surprise, the area and people she couldn't wait to leave have changed-or perhaps she has. Family and friends, including her high school crush Will Bonner, rally round, and Sarah starts to relax. That is until she realizes she's pregnant. This is a lovely, moving novel with an engaging heroine. Best-selling author Wiggs's (Table for Five ) talent is reflected in her thoroughly believable characters as well as the way she recognizes the importance of family by blood or other ties. Readers who like Nora Roberts and Susan Elizabeth Phillips will enjoy Wiggs's latest. Highly recommended for all public libraries. [The finished book will include cartoons not reproduced in the advanced reading copy.-Ed.]-Elizabeth Mellett, P.L. of Brookline, MA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778315384
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 318,757
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

When Susan Wiggs’s recent novel, Fireside, landed at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, the author responded by jumping fully clothed into her swimming pool. In February. In the Pacific Northwest. After thawing herself out, the author put on her lipstick and vacuumed the living room. Why? Because on the tiny island where she lives, news travels fast. She knew her girlfriends would show up momentarily - which they did - with the customary champagne and bags of Cheetos. She toasted her loyal readers, whose unflagging interest in her books propelled her sales upward. She toasted her friends and family as well, since they have always been the source of her inspiration.

From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people. At the age of eight, she self-published her first novel, entitled A Book About Some Bad Kids.

Today, she is an international best-selling author, with millions of copies of her books in print in numerous countries. Her Lakeshore Chronicles novels celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the nuances of human nature that make headlines every day.

She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest and is perpetually working on her next novel.

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After a solid year of visits to the clinic, Sarah was starting to find the decor annoying. Maybe the experts here believed earth tones had a soothing effect on anxious, aspiring parents. Or perhaps that the cheery burble of a wall fountain might cause an infertile woman to spontaneously drop an egg like an overly productive laying hen. Or even that the soft shimmer of brass chimes could induce a wandering sperm to find its way home like a heat-seeking missile.

The post-procedure period, lying flat on her back with her hips elevated, was starting to feel like forever. It was no longer standard practice to wait after insemination but many women, Sarah included, were superstitious. They needed all the help they could get, even from gravity itself.

There was a quiet tap on the door, then she heard it swish open.

"How are we doing?" asked Frank, the nurse-practitioner.

Frank had a shaved head, a soul patch and a single earring, and he wore surgical scrubs with little bunnies on them. Mr. Clean showing his nurturing side.

"Hoping it is a 'we' this time," she said, propping her hands behind her head.

His smile made Sarah want to cry. "Any cramps?"

"No more than usual." She lay quietly on the cushioned, sterile-draped exam table while he checked her temperature and recorded the time.

She turned her head to the side. From this perspective, she could see her belongings neatly lined up on the shelf in the adjacent dressing room: her cinnamon-colored handbag from Smythson of Bond Street, designer clothes, butter-soft boots set carefully against the wall. Her mobile phone, programmed to dial her husband with one touch, or even a voice command.

Looking at all this abundance, she saw the trappings of a woman who was cared for. Provided for. Perhaps—no, definitely—spoiled. Yet instead of feeling pampered and special, she simply felt…old. Like middle-aged, instead of still in her twenties, the youngest client at Fertility Solutions. Most women her age were still living with their boyfriends in garrets furnished with milk crates and unpainted planks. She shouldn't envy them, but sometimes she couldn't help herself.

For no good reason, Sarah felt defensive and vaguely guilty for going through the expensive therapies. "It's not me," she wanted to explain to perfect strangers. "There's not a thing wrong with my fertility."

When she and Jack decided to seek help getting pregnant, she went on Clomid just to give Mother Nature a hand. At first it seemed crazy to treat her perfectly healthy body as if there were something wrong with it, but by now she was used to the meds, the cramps, the transvaginal ultrasounds, the blood tests…and the crushing disappointment each time the results came up negative.

"Yo, snap out of it," Frank told her. "Going into a funk is bad karma. In my totally scientific opinion."

"I'm not in a funk." She sat up and offered him a smile. "I'm fine, really. It's just that this is the first time Jack couldn't make the appointment. So if this works, I'll have to explain to my child one day that his daddy wasn't present at his conception. What do I tell him, that Uncle Frank did the honors?"

"Yeah, that'd be good."

Sarah told herself Jack's absence wasn't his fault. It wasn't anyone's fault. By the time the ultrasound revealed a maturing ovarian follicle and she'd given herself the HCG injection, they had thirty-six hours for the intra-uterine insemination. Unfortunately, Jack had already scheduled a late-afternoon meeting at the work site. He couldn't get out of it. The client was coming from out of town, he said.

"So are you still trying the old-fashioned way?" Frank asked.

She flushed. Jack's erections were few and far between, and lately, he'd all but given up. "That's not going so hot."

"Bring him tomorrow," Frank said. "I've got you down for 8:00 a.m." There would be a second IUI while the window of fertility was still open. He handed her a reminder card and left her alone to put herself back together.

Her yearning for a child had turned into a hunger that was painfully physical, one that intensified as the fruitless months marched past. This was her twelfth visit. A year ago, she never thought she'd reach this milestone, let alone face it by herself. The whole business had become depressingly routine—the self-injections, the invasion of the speculum, the twinge and burn of the inseminating catheter. After all this time, Jack's absence should be no big deal, she reminded herself as she got dressed. Still, for Sarah it was easy to remember that at the center of all the science and technology was something very human and elemental—the desire for a baby. Lately, she had a hard time even looking at mothers with babies. The sight of them turned yearning to a physical ache.

Having Jack here to hold her hand and endure the New Age Muzak with her made the appointments easier. She appreciated his humor and support, but this morning, she'd told him not to feel guilty about missing the appointment.

"It's all right," she had said with an ironic smile at breakfast. "Women get pregnant without their husbands every day."

He barely glanced up from checking messages on his BlackBerry. "Nice, Sarah."

She had touched her foot to his under the table. "We're supposed to keep trying to get pregnant the conventional way."

He looked up and, for an instant, she saw a dark flash in his gaze. "Sure," he said, pushing back from the table and organizing his briefcase. "Why else would we have sex?"

This resentful attitude had started several months ago. Duty sex, for the sake of procreation, was no turn-on for either of them, and she couldn't wait for his libido to return.

There had been a time when he'd looked at her in a way that made her feel like a goddess, but that was before he'd gotten sick. It was hard to be interested in sex, Jack often said these days, after getting your gonads irradiated. Not to mention the surgical removal of one of the guys. Jack and Sarah had made a pact. If he survived, they would go back to the dream they'd had before the cancer—trying to have a baby. Lots of babies. They had joked about his single testicle, they'd given it a name—the Uni-ball—and lavished it with attention. Once his chemo was finished, the doctors said he had a good chance of regaining fertility. Unfortunately, fertility had not been restored. Or sexual function, for that matter. Not on a predictable level, anyway.

They had decided, then, to pursue artificial insemination using the sperm he'd preserved as a precaution before starting aggressive treatment. Thus began the cycle of Clomid, obsessive monitoring, frequent visits to North Shore Fertility Solutions and bills so enormous that Sarah had stopped opening them.

Fortunately, Jack's medical bills were covered, because cancer wasn't supposed to happen to newlyweds trying to start a family.

The nightmare had come to light at 11:27 on a Tuesday morning. Sarah clearly remembered staring at the time on the screen of her computer, trying to remember to breathe. The expression on Jack's face had her in tears even before he said the words that would change the course of their lives: "It's cancer."

After the tears, she had vowed to get her husband through this illness. For his sake, she had perfected The Smile, the one she summoned when chemo landed him in a puking, quivering heap on the floor. The you-can-do-it-champ, I'm-behind-youall-the-way smile.

This morning, feeling contrite after their exchange, she had tried to be sociable as she flipped through the brochure for Shamrock Downs, his current project, a luxury development in the suburbs. The brochure touted, "Equestrian center designed by Mimi Lightfoot, EVD."

"Mimi Lightfoot?" Sarah had asked, studying the soft-focus photographs of pastures and ponds.

"Big name to horse people," he assured her. "What Robert Trent Jones is to designing golf courses, she is to arenas."

Sarah wondered how challenging it was to design an oval-shaped arena. "What's she like?"

Jack had shrugged. "You know, the horsy type. Dry skin and no makeup, hair in a ponytail." He made a whinnying sound.

"You're so bad." She walked him to the door to say goodbye. "But you smell delicious." She inhaled the fragrance by Karl La-gerfeld, which she'd given him last June. She'd secretly bought it, along with a box of chocolate cigars, for Fathers Day, thinking there might be something to celebrate. When it turned out there wasn't, she had given him the Lagerfeld anyway, just to be nice. She'd eaten the chocolate herself.

She noticed, too, that he was wearing perfectly creased trousers, one of his fitted shirts from the Custom Shop, and an Hermes tie. "Important clients?" she asked.

"What?" He frowned. "Yeah. We're meeting about the marketing plans for the development."

"Well," she said. "Have a good day, then. And wish me luck."

"What?" he said again, shrugging into his Burberry coat.

She shook her head, kissed his cheek. "I've got a hot date with your army of seventeen million motile sperm," she said.

"Ah, shit. I really can't change this meeting."

"I'll be all right." Kissing him goodbye one more time, she suppressed a twinge of resentment at his testy, distracted air.

After the procedure, she followed the exit signs to the elevator and descended to the parking garage. Freakishly, the clinic had valet parking, but Sarah couldn't bring herself to use it. She was already indulged enough. She put on her cashmere-lined gloves, flexing her fingers into the smooth deerskin, then eased onto the heated leather seat of her silver Lexus SUV, which came with a built-in car seat. All right, so Jack had jumped the gun a little, buying this thing. But maybe, just maybe, nine months from now, it would be perfect. The ideal car for a soccer-mom-to-be.

She adjusted the rearview mirror for a peek at the backseat. At present, it was a jumble of drafting paper, a bag from Dick Blick Art Materials and, of all things, a fax machine, which was practically a dinosaur in this day and age. Jack thought she should let it die a natural death. She preferred to take it to a repair shop. It had been the first piece of equipment she'd bought with her earnings as an artist, and she wanted to keep it, even though no one ever faxed her anymore. She did have a career, after all. Not a very successful one, not yet, anyway. Now that Jack was cancer-free, she intended to focus on the comic strip, expanding her syndication. People thought it was simple, drawing a comic strip six days a week. Some believed she could draw a whole month's worth in one day, and then slack off the rest of the time. They had no idea how difficult and consuming self-syndication was, particularly at the beginning of a career.

When her car emerged from the parking lot, the very worst of Chicago's weather flayed the windshield. The city had its own peculiar brand of slush that seemed to fling itself off Lake Michigan, sullying vehicles, slapping at pedestrians and sending them scurrying for cover. Sarah would never get used to this weather, no matter how long she lived here. When she had first arrived in the city, a wide-eyed freshman from a tiny beach village in Northern California, she thought she'd encountered the storm of the century. She had no idea that this was normal for Chicago.

"Illinois," her mother had said when Sarah had received an offer of admission the spring of her senior year of high school. "Why?"

"The University of Chicago is there," Sarah explained.

"We have the best schools in the country right here in our backyard," her mother had said. "Cal, Stanford, Pomona, Cal Poly."

Sarah had stood firm. She wanted to go to the University of Chicago. She didn't care about the distance or the god-awful weather or the flat landscape. Nicole Hollander, her favorite cartoon artist, had gone there. It was the place Sarah felt she belonged, at least for four years.

She'd never imagined living the rest of her life here, though. She kept waiting for it to grow on her. The city was tough and blustery, unpretentious and dangerous in some places, expansive and generous in others. Great food everywhere you turned. It had been overwhelming. Even the innate friendliness of Chicagoans had been confusing. How could you tell which ones were truly your friends?

She had always planned to leave the moment she graduated. She hadn't pictured raising a family here. But that was life for you. Filled with surprises.

Jack Daly had been a surprise as well—his dazzling smile and irresistible charm, the swiftness with which Sarah had fallen for him. He was a Chicago native, a general contractor in the family business. His entire world was right here—his family, friends and work. There was no question of where Sarah and Jack would live after they married.

The city itself was part of Jack's blood and bone. While most people believed life was a movable feast, Jack could not conceive of living anywhere but the Windy City. Long ago, in the dead of a brutal winter, when she hadn't seen the sun or felt a temperature above freezing for weeks, she had suggested moving somewhere a bit more temperate. He'd thought she was kidding, and they had never spoken of it again.

"I'll build you your dream house," Jack had promised her when they got engaged. "You'll learn to love the city, you'll see."

She loved him. The jury was still out on Chicago.

His cancer—that had been a surprise, too. They had made it through, she reminded herself every single day. But the disease had changed them both.

Chicago itself was a city of change. It had burned to the ground back in 1871. Families had been separated by the wind-driven firestorm that left nothing but charred timber and ash in its wake. People torn from their loved ones posted desperate letters and notices everywhere, determined to find their way back to each other.

Sarah pictured herself and Jack stepping gingerly through the smoldering ruins as they tried to make their way back to each other. They were refugees of another kind of disaster. Survivors of cancer.

Her front tire sank into a pothole. The jolt sent an eruption of mud-colored slush across the windshield, and she heard an ominous thud from the backseat. A glance in the mirror revealed that the fax machine had done a swan dive to the floor. "Lovely," she muttered. "Just swell." She pressed the wiper fluid wand, but the ducts sputtered out only an impotent trickle. The warning light blinked Empty.

Traffic crawled in a miserable stream northward. Stuck at a stoplight for the third cycle, Sarah thumped the steering wheel with the heel of her hand. "I don't have to sit in traffic," she said. "I'm self-employed. I might even be pregnant."

She wondered what Shirl would do in this situation. Shirl was her alter ego in Sarah's comic strip, Just Breathe. A sharper, more confident, thinner version of her creator, Shirl was audacious; she had a screw-you attitude and an impulsive nature.

"What would Shirl do?" Sarah asked aloud. The answer came to her in an instant: Get pizza.

The very thought brought on such a craving that she laughed. A craving. Maybe she was already showing signs of pregnancy.

She veered down a side street and punched in "pizza" on her GPS. A mere six blocks away was a place called Luigi's. Sounded promising. And it looked promising, she saw when she pulled up in front of the place a few minutes later. There was a red neon sign that read, Open Till Midnight and another sign that promised Chicago's Finest Deep Dish Pizza Since 1968.

As she pulled up the hood of her coat and made a dash for the entrance, Sarah had a brilliant idea. She would take the pizza to share with Jack. His meeting was probably over by now and he'd be starved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    A heartwarming tale of love and coming home

    Just Breathe is a story of love lost and love found of coming of age of feeling out of place and finding that place it's the love story of comic strip writer Sarah Moon and Fire chief Will Bonner who knew each other as kids where Sarah was the misfit and Will was the all American boy. It's about being able to come home again and it finally feeling like home. It's about families and friends. We first meet Sarah in Ms. Wiggs last book The Inn at Willow Lake where she makes an appearance with her then husband Jack when the story picks up Sarah is heading home to California after the breakup of her marriage only to still feel like the misfit who left when she graduated high school, she unexpectedly meets Will again when he's summoned to take her to the ER after a fainting spell. I won't tell you any more just that you have to read it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    Beautiful story

    Susan Wiggs is one of my favorite authors. The story in 'Just Breathe' was very believable and heart-warming. Sarah and Will are wonderful characters and each brings their own life's twists for the reader to enjoy. Even thought Sarah's first husband is not what she thought he was and it seems true that women will put up with more in a marriage than men, Susan Wiggs does her usual job of making us look at people and their feelings.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2010

    Falling in love doesn't always lead to a happy ending, but the second time sure does

    This boook surprisingly took my interest since I'm a picky reader and now Just Breathe is one of my favorites. I highly recommend it for any woman who enjoys reading a romantic story, because this book will definitely make you say, "Awh" and make you wish you belonged in this world where even though things don't work out at first, everything ends up perfect in your life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    terrific second chance at love tale

    In Chicago, Sarah Moon loves her husband of five years Jack Daly. She enjoys her work writing the comic strip Just Breathe whose star Shirl reflects much of the idiosyncrasies Sarah sees in life but unlike Sarah Shirl often confronts the hypocrisy. Sarah has been undergoing infertility treatment until she came home and saw Jack, who had been struggling to get it up with her, naked and up with his ¿horsy¿ business associate. --- She leaves heading home to Glenmuir, California while having Shirl represent her frustrations with men, divorce and being in your thirties while living under your mom¿s roof. Ironically, Sarah is pregnant and even more sardonic, she and fire chief Will Bonner, a single father, are friends. He was her enemy in high school while his daughter Aurora is her teen replica of loneliness and angst from when she was in high school and, who already has mom issues exponentially compounded by her father and the cartoonist falling in love. --- Susan Wiggs shows her greatness with this terrific second chance at love tale as she combines humor with the Shirl comic strip at the start of each chapter with deep angst laden relationship issues. The story line is obviously character driven by the lead couple and Aurora but what makes this so good is the reader will cry and laugh with the lead trip throughout. Ms. Wiggs provides a superb family drama filled with love. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Today's romance

    If you like to read romance, this is one for today. A real human interest study. Sarah and Will are so human. This is the first book to make me cry in a long time. Wonderful book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    This book deserves 5 stars - it has great characters, engaging d

    This book deserves 5 stars - it has great characters, engaging dialogue and realistic plotlines. The reason I am downgrading is the abundance of typos. The publishers/editors of this book should be ashamed. Most of the typos could have been eliminated through simple spellcheck. The fact that they got through is nothing short of laziness. Why are so many publisher-produced books these days so riddled with typos? Have the proofers all been fired to cut costs? If so, you are doing your authors no favors. Ms. Wiggs has written a wonderful book but your inattention to detail has done a disservice to her efforts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Couldnt put down

    Awesome read for a divorced single mom. It gives hope and laughter. I could relate in so many ways!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Good story

    This was a really good story. Very slow to start, the entire first half was hard to get through but ended up being really good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    A wonderful, involving story!

    I truly enjoyed this book and, unlike one of the previous reviewers, did not find it a slow read at all; on the contrary, I was enthusiastic to get back to the story to see what realistic turn of events would happen next. I felt it was an accurate portrayal of a woman going through the circumstances Sarah was, and found it fascinating to see single step-fatherhood from Will's perspective. Overall a very enjoyable, lifelike novel with that easy to read with the warm detailed charaters Susan Wiggs fans have come to love. Highly reccomend!

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    This story has great characters, but aside from the initial big

    This story has great characters, but aside from the initial big conflict that breaks up a marriage, the rest of the story is long and slow. Yes, there is character development. Yes, there is a romance developing. But you get the feeling that Wiggs can't bear to put her characters through too much. The hero is in an explosion, but escapes with barely a scratch. His daughter runs away and is about to get pulled into a very bad scene, but no, she leaves and dad is right there. I think it could have been a great story, but ended up just being okay.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    This book was a bit difficult for me. It was full of emotional c

    This book was a bit difficult for me. It was full of emotional challenges: infertility, cancer, infidelity, divorce, single parenthood and fire. Susan Wiggs does a great job of bringing it to life in a fairly realistic manner. All characters are well developed and you feel a part of it. I was disappointed however with the haste in which the main character put away her marriage and did not put at least some time in counseling or some form of reconciliation at first. I do not condone what her husband did but we needed a bit more time with their relationship before throwing it away. I was also very disappointed to see a gay presence in this book.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

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    When Sarah Moon walks in to find her husband with someone else,

    When Sarah Moon walks in to find her husband with someone else, she flees from Chicago back home to California. There she reconnects with Will Bonner, high school crush, and her family who she distanced herself from since college. She also reflects on her marriage, the fertility treatments she was undergoing to save the marriage, and how cancer almost took her husband from her. She deals with the loss of her mother, and with her childhood insecurities.

    This was more of a women's fiction with romantic elements than a straight romance. I've always loved Wiggs' writing style. She writes with eloquence and grace so rarely seen nowadays. She's not afraid to cross the line, nor tear at your heartstrings. The setting was just superb, making you feel right there in the scene. The romance didn't really develop until halfway through the book, and I kept waiting for it so Sarah could be happy again, at least with someone who deserved her. Will was lovable and relatable. The secondary characters really made this book pop-- the grandma, aunt, father, and Will's stepdaughter. However, I'm very upset with the back cover blurb. For those who haven't read the story, the back cover text essentially gave away the entire plot and conclusion. I felt like there were no surprises to discover. Alas, a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Great read!

    :)

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    A good read book with ups and downs of married life. Story of wo

    A good read book with ups and downs of married life. Story of woman who depended and trusted her husband explicidly not realizing that he played her for a fool. Story of recovery and new love and step child relations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Favorite book ever!

    Loved it. One of my favorites of all time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2011

    Just Breathe

    Enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2011

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    GREAT book!

    This was the first book I have read of Susan Wiggs and I could not put it down. The characters in this book was so belivable and you wanted to know what happenes to them. I would love it if there was a second book picking up this store! The only bad thing with this book was it ended. This is a great book to curl up and read anytime.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    awsome

    awsome book made you feel for her

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    A good story with a woman on top

    I loved this story, it took a bit for me to get into, but overall okay. It reminds me of a coming over age romantic fairy tale. Instead of man meets girl, they get married, and then have babies, its quite the opposite. Woman leaves husband, founds out she is preggers, meets man, falls in love again. Who wouldn't love that. Not to lie, the whole romance during being pregnant did seem far fetched to me, but it can and does happen in real life. This book is great for a beach read, or just to spend somet time for yourself with. Highly suggested to any woman out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2009

    Couldn't put the book down.

    I really like this book. The story had several changes and they made for a good read. I am going to read more of the books by this auther and will share my book.

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