Monday, 2 January 2017

Book Review - One Moment At Sunrise by Karen Aldous

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Title: One Moment At Sunrise
Author: Karen Aldous
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital 
Publication Date: 18th April 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

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?

One Moment at Sunrise is a seriously impressive book, that gets better and better the further into it you read, until it becomes completely unputdownable. I spent the entire book willing Evie to gain in confidence and to see the reality of her life, and to try and plot her " escape". 

Evie is living in the South of France with toddler Charlotte, who is utterly adorable. She does have a partner, who is a famous singer, but he is barely about, and keeps her hidden in France. As a result of her relationship with him, she is distanced from her family and barely has any friends. 

Her life starts to change the day she has a near death experience and meets film producer Ben. It is early in the book but also you can tell its a pivotal moment, and it was fantastic to go on Evie's personal journey with her. 

At moments my heart was in my mouth, as I was shocked at the turns the action was taking, and the rest I was just enjoying the story of one mother, her young daughter, her neighbours and new acquaintances. It really is a story of a woman re-discovering who she is as a person, not just as mother, and not just as a hidden secret. As a result it was really uplifting to follow Evie's story. 

Charlotte was my favourite character, although I'm not sure I know many two year olds that love fish as much as she does, especially not in finger form! She definitely has the dialogue of  a toddler, and Charlotte was a ray of light in any scene she was in. 

I firmly believe this is the best book by Karen Aldous so far, it has a great deal of depth to the story, there are fun moment, but there are also more serious threads running throughout too. I absolutely despised Evie's partner, with his controlling personality traits, and his actions are just awful and really do speak louder than a thousand words. 

I am wondering why on earth it has taken me so long to pick up One Moment in Sunrise to start reading, as I have been missing out of months of knowledge of such an enjoyable story. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and HQ Digital for my copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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