Just Breathe: A Novel

Just Breathe: A Novel

by Susan Wiggs

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What happens when a cartoonist’s life gets turned upside-down? Find out in this contemporary romance by New York Times bestseller Susan Wiggs!

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 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. With her ex’s twins.

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

Originally published in 2008

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488057588
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 07/15/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 868
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Susan Wiggs is the author of many beloved bestsellers, including the popular Lakeshore Chronicles series. She has won many awards for her work, including a RITA from Romance Writers of America. Visit her website at www.SusanWiggs.com.

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Just Breathe 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous 2 days ago
Love Susan Wiggs books and this was no exception. The characters are dynamic and the storyline is always enjoyable.
thebookbabe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Susan Wiggs strikes gold once again. I'm not into straight women's fiction, and when a favorite author seems to be leaning more and more in that direction I tend to worry. After reading the synopsis I wasn't sure I wanted to read the book much less buy it, so I requested it from the library - shoot, I had to return it them (insert frowny face). Bummer. I'll let others give true reviews, giving plot points and so on - I just want to say how much I *loved* this book and how much I liked all the characters, even the less than heroic ones, and Will is on my Top List of heroes who truly deserve the title "hero", guys who go through life doing the right thing, following their heart and instinct, and ending up all the more heroic and happy for it. What a great guy! I highly recommend this book. I find it ironic that I have all of Wiggs' historicals yet I *discovered* her through her contemporaries. She is a brilliant gem. So now, how long do we have to wait for her next book???????
suebell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellant read!! I loved this book! I have never before read a book by Susan Wiggs, but I really enjoyed Sarah, Will & Aurora. But I especially liked her Grandma June & Aunt May. It was a roller coaster ride for me. There were a couple of times I just had put the book down, because I wasn't sure I would like were Sarah was going with certain decisions she was having to make. (Would she really think she needed to go back to that cheating boob, Jack?) Then I had to pick it back up again, because I knew in the end she would be ok, no matter what her decision was. This book shows how easy it is to become someone else, to fit into someone elses life, to let them make the decisions for your, to the point that you loose yourself. But it also shows you that it is possible to get back to being you.This book, IMO, was one of the best stand alone reads I've come across lately. I will be picking up another Susan Wiggs book, very soon!
Pheonix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic read from Susan Wiggs. A long heart warming tale that just gets better and better as you read through the chapters. Surrounding around the end of an old way of life and the start of 2 new ones, one romantic and finally with her wishes for children when she thought it would never happen.I have purchased another susan Wiggs book because I love her writing the more I read of it.Recommended it to many people offline and now online.
gildaclone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sarah Moon writes comic strips similar to Kathy. They mirror her own life as she and her husband are trying to get pregnant using a fertility clinic. She goes to surprise her husband with a pizza and discovers he is cheating. She moves back to California to be with her father and ends up falling in love with Will Bonner her high-school crush who was ridiculed in her comic strips. She finds out she is pregnant with the hated ex's twins and this complicates her new relationship. His daughter Aurora and their relationship is also a sweet part of the novel.
honeydew69862004 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the book even though half the time i kept falling asleep. I don't know if that was because of my work schedule or the book. I was suprised by the one starting the fires. The ending like most times though was predictable for the most part.
traciragas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Randomly picked this book up at Wal-Mart (I actually bought a new book, this would be shocking if you knew me). I¿ve had it here to read for a while and finally picked it up. This was a quick read and kept my interest. I love this books that are hard to put down that leave you wondering what¿s going to happen next and actually have you personally invested in the characters. Sarah, the main character makes a life changing decision when she decides to randomly visit her husband. This leads her on a track back to her hometown and things she was trying to leave before. She finds a built in network of friends and family that mean more than the life she left behind.Thankfully, I have another Susan Wiggs book that I got at a Friends of the Library sale. Totally excited!
punxsygal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cartoonist Sarah Moon often looks to her own life for inspiration for her cartoon strip Just Breathe. She also juggles trying to be the perfect wife for her husband, Jack and is working with a fertility doctor to get pregnant. One rainy night Sarah finds Jack in the arms of another woman and leaves Chicago for small Northern California coastal town where she grew up. At last, it is time for Sarah to find the woman she is inside instead of the role playing she did in her marriage. As the divorce process moves along, Sarah learns that she, indeed, is pregnant. She also learns that sometimes going home is not all bad, as her friendship with single parent Will Bonner starts to change into something else. A nice warm novel of a woman learning to find herself and her place.
dbartlett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sarah Moon returns to her small California hometown after discovering her husband in the arms of another woman. She is surprised to learn shortly afterwards that she is pregnant, but equally determined to raise the babies (twins) on her own. Meanwhile, local fire captain Will Bonner is a single father raising a teenage stepdaughter after the girl's mother abandoned the family for the glitter of Las Vegas. Sarah and Will soon start to fall for each other, but of course there are complications, such as Jack, the ex-husband, begging Sarah to return to Chicago, Sarah's reluctance to get involved again so soon after the breakup of her marriage, and the resistance of Aurora, Will's stepdaughter. Although a tad overlong, this is a worthwhile and enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course great book! Susan Wiggs always gives us a good ending too! Can't wait for the next read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of her best. Loved how she worked what Sarah did for a living into the story.
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Usually like authors books but this one rambled. Did not like any of the characters except for grandma and aunt may, the twins. Wished more have been written about them, they were a hoot.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read for a divorced single mom. It gives hope and laughter. I could relate in so many ways!
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