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Sarah Rayner
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2 July 2010

The Brighton to London line. The 07:44 train. Carriages packed with commuters.

A woman applies her make-up. Another occupies her time observing the people around her. A husband and wife share an affectionate gesture. Further along, a woman flicks through a glossy magazine.

Then, abruptly, everything changes: a man has a heart attack, and can't be resuscitated; the train is stopped, an ambulance called.

For at least three passengers on the 07:44 on that particular morning, life will never be the same again.

Lou witnesses the man's final moments. Anna and Lou share a cab when they realise the train is going nowhere fast. Anna is Karen's best friend.

And Karen? Karen's husband is the man who dies.

Telling the story of the week following that fateful train journey, One Moment, One Morning is a stunning novel about love and loss, about family and – above all – friendship. A stark reminder that, sometimes, one moment is all it takes, it also reminds us that somehow, and despite everything, life can and does go on.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (2 July 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0330508849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330508841
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A real page-turner . . . You'll want to inhale it in one breath.' --Easy Living

'Rayner skilfully lays bare a story of loss, secrets and lies, family and the enduring friendships between women - life affirming and insightful.' -- New Books Magazine

'An intimate, thoughtful novel celebrating women's friendship and loyalty.' --Waterstone's Books Quarterly

'Touching, insightful, this is a story that will stay with you.' --Take a Break Fiction Feast

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The Brighton to London line. The 07:44 train. Carriages packed with commuters. One woman occupies her time observing the people around her. Opposite, a girl puts on her make-up. Across the aisle, a husband strokes his wife’s hand. Further along, another woman flicks through a glossy magazine. Then, abruptly, everything changes: a man collapses, the train is stopped, an ambulance called. And for three passengers that particular morning, life will never be the same again: there’s Lou, in an adjacent seat, who witnesses events first hand; Anna, who’s sitting further up the train, impatient to get to work; and Karen. Karen is the man’s wife. Telling the story of the week following that fateful train journey, One Moment, One Morning is a stunning novel about love and loss, secrets and lies, family and – above all – friendship. Memorable and moving, gripping the reader from the very first page, it’s a stark reminder that sometimes, one moment is all it takes to shatter everything. Yet it also reminds us that somehow, despite it all, life can and does go on. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOWSERS. 6 Jan 2011
By LaurenR
Format:Paperback
Well, where do I start? From the moment I first started reading this book, I was hooked. It is written with such emotion that you truly feel as if YOU are the character's which, considering this is a book about grief and coming to terms with the person you truly are, left me crying on more than one occasion. Don't get me wrong, that is a GOOD thing; a good book should be able to make you feel emotions, and empathise with the characters, and 'One Moment, One Morning' did just that.

I personally can relate to some of the themes in this book, particularly being true to yourself, and I thought it was written with such beautiful honesty. It wasn't patronising, and it didn't belittle, it simply told a story of three wonderful women, all struggling with a range of issues in their lives.

And that is why, if you are doubtful as to whether you will enjoy this book, you should go out and buy it IMMEDIATELY (or through Amazon...) and read it. It inspired me with an overwhelming sense of hope. And that's a pretty wondrous thing for a book to do.

Absolutely superb.
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118 of 126 people found the following review helpful
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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How lovely to read an excellent book from this particular genre that is set in the UK, rather in the US!

Imagine this scenario for a second. You get on your usual commuter train and settle down to `people watching' under the disguise of your i-pod. You watch the people around you. A woman applies her make-up; a couple show discreet signs of affection - life goes on around you; then, suddenly, disaster. A man sitting very close to you collapses and dies. How will this event affect you?

This book examines the effect of such event on the lives of three women; Lou, a counsellor in a London school who happened to be sitting near the victim when it happened; Karen, the wife if the dead man; and their friend, Anna.
The characters of this amazing book are extremely well drawn and the emotions and actions are so well drawn that I have to ask whether the author may have been writing from experience! Having lost my father a few years ago in a similarly sudden incident, I can emphasise fully to the emotions of the key characters - right down to the feelings of guilt.

This is a book that should appeal particularly to those who enjoyed PS, I Love You as well as readers of Jodi Picoult - with the added attraction that it is set in England!

I am very much looking forwards to finding more by this gifted author;' however, I must add one caveat. Don't try to read this if you have recently lost sa loved one in very sudden way. It may be too close to true feelings for comfort!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars V moving in parts, not much story. 9 Feb 2010
By Mrs. Bryony A. Shaw TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I was very affected by this book to start with, having a husband and 2 children of similar ages to the widow in the book made it particularly hard for me to read without a tear. I think I was hoping for the story to develop a little more though, after and very gripping start and good characterisation the story seem to lose momentum and the friendships and bonds I was expecting never really came through.
I would definitely try another book by this author as I was very moved by much of the writing but I didn't feel this book as a whole quite delivered the whole package for me.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One book, one review 23 May 2010
By Jo D'Arcy TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is the story of 3 different women; Lou a counsellor who is trying to find love, despite not being honest with her mother that she is gay.

Anna who works hard, gives 110% to everything but whose personal relationship with Steve is in self destruct more as he drinks himself out of Anna's life.

Karen is Anna's best friend, friends for years. Anna is godmother to Karen's children and also enjoys a wonderful friendship with Karen's husband, Simon as well.

Then in one moment, one morning as the title of the novel suggests life changes for them all.

A man collapses and dies on the train they are all on: the man is Karen's husband. Anna is furious that the train has had to stop and this now makers her late when she bumps into Lou. Lou has witnessed what has happened to Simon and Karen and becomes involved with the aftermath.

What follows is a week in these women's lives with flashbacks to show the lives these three strong female characters have built up, the love they have lost and yet to find. Secrets they have all harboured within them that the currrent events bring to the forefront and need dealing with, confronting and putting to rest for the last time.

A book about friendship - the oldest and the newest and how together they can bring peace and love. Rayner has really captured these women and put them in a place, Brighton where they all fit. Her knowledge and obvious love of the place well.

A very moving and captivating novel, which will keep you reading late into the night.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An un-put-down-able believable read. 28 Jan 2010
By Bob's Mum TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Its been a long time since I cried when reading a book, but for me the story and events and emotions described in 'One Moment, One Morning' were so realistic, believable and poignant, that I found myself crying in several places.

Sarah Rayner has written an engrossing and well-observed book, telling of the strong binds of female friendship which hold us steady in the face of sudden and heartbreaking tragedy and all that life can throw at you. The feelings, observations and events of one week in the lives of Anna, Lou and Karen are told beginning with one fateful morning. What transpires in this one week for them all, both shatters and redefines who they are and what their lives mean and become.

Well written, and fast paced. (My only gripe would be the clumsy allotment postscript which tries to tie everything together on another Sunday, some months later. It didn't work for me).

A recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
How a ,few minutes can change so many lives. A short story covering a simple train journey ending in the death of a passenger and how it changed so many lives
Published 2 days ago by muriel hanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Both moving and uplifting
First book I've read by this author. Characters come alive and the effect of the tragedy on them is written with wonderful insight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Excellent book .i have never come across this author and downloaded on a whim for 99p . I think I was attracted by the picture on the cover..always like cups of tea/ coffee. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Ppp
5.0 out of 5 stars ripples on a pond
Well written and easy to read. Could happen to anyone, touching and t the same time very grounded. Life goes on.
Published 9 days ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're wondering - buy it
I gave this book five stars because I loved it. It's well written, the characters are believable and the story - of a sudden death and it's after effects was very well handled. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Dee Strachan
4.0 out of 5 stars sallyt
Quite enjoyed this book, found it a bit slow moving and didn't ever really get completely involved in the characters.
Published 11 days ago by Tay5
4.0 out of 5 stars Empathy
Empathy is what you'll have here, especially if you have lost a loved one suddenly, as have I. The emotions felt and friendships formed are well written about in this nice book. Read more
Published 13 days ago by SusieW
3.0 out of 5 stars intersting
I have only given this 3 because I found it very slow at the beginning. I like something I can get my teeth into. Not a bad read and the ending was not what I expected. Read more
Published 13 days ago by C. A. EDGSON
4.0 out of 5 stars a touching story
This is such a poignant story,absolutely gripping,I couldn't put it down.a tale of the entwined lives of three women brought together by grief.
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