One Minute to Midnight Paperback – 24 Nov 2011
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"This is an emotional read about likeable people and I raced through it ... a fascinating meditation on change and the importance of taking responsibility for one's happiness." (Daily Mail)
"The author deals with gritty issues in a fun, light-hearted writing style that makes her books such a pleasure to read" (Sun)
"The author deals with gritty issues on a fun, light-hearted writing style that makes her books always such a pleasure to read" (Sun)
A fabulous novel of love and New Year parties from the bestselling author of All I Want for ChristmasSee all Product Description
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First things first I have to say don't be fooled by this book's beautiful- but undeniably girly- cover. This isn't your typical chick-lit read. One Minute to Midnight is a realistic, hard-hitting, tug on your heartstrings novel that covers topics such as domestic violence, grief and death and is about a group of less than perfect friends and their complex relationships with one another.
Our leading lady is Nicole and straight away I found her fascinating to read about. She's smart, feisty and is a woman with a past. There are a lot of skeletons in Nic's closet and secrets that not only is she keeping from her husband Dom but us readers too. The book alternates from the present build up to New Year to the New Year's Eve's of Nicole's past beginning in 1990 when Nicole is thirteen and spends her first New Year's Eve with Julian Symonds unbeknownst to them starting a tradition and friendship that will see them through many New Years to come. With the book being told on the same day each year One Minute to Midnight had a certain One Day feel about it which I loved especially as it gives you the feeling that you really know these characters that you've watched them grow up.
I found the characters in this book to be so well developed.Read more ›
It starts on Boxing day 2011 with Nicola and her husband Dom. We then go back to New Years Eve 1990. This is where the story really starts to take shape. Nicola and her family are having a house party where things take a turn for the worse. The story jumps back to 2011 and then back to a couple of years after 1990. This the whole time is build the story up to where Nicola is in her life now. She has fallen out with her best friend Alex, her marriage is not in a very good way with Dom, Aiden the love of her life wants her to go work for him and she has to deal with the fact that her father has cancer.
The way this book is written between the years works so well and you just want to know what is going to hapen next. Highly recommended book.
This story unravels over the period between Boxing Day and New Years Day, with reflections on past New Years events throughout Nicole's life. The reflections are really revealing, allowing you to judge Nicole's state of mind on the present lead up to New Year.
From the first few pages, you are convinced that Nicole is keeping secrets from us, which are unravelled like Christmas presents as the story progresses. Even though she is keeping secrets, you find yourself staying right by her side, hoping that everything will work itself out for her, as you find out why she is really in the situation she is. All the characters were believable and I felt like I had stepped into a book where I knew everyone from the start. I was the absent friend who only supported them via email as I couldn't be there physically. I was desperate for each of them to find true happiness, even though they had aired their imperfections. I came away loving Aidan, Julian and Karl,wishing they were in my life for real. The characters stay with you long after you finish reading the book.
The ending took me by surprise as it wasn't the one I was convinced it would be.Read more ›
This is a lightweight chicklit story but the characters have more depth and the story is more intelligent than many others in the genre. There are times when I didn't agree with Nicole's choices but I still felt sympathetic towards her. I also liked the exotic locations that made occasional appearances: Capetown, New York, Paris. If you want an easy but engrossing read that will make you smile and make you cry, this is the one. It did remind me of One Day, and I think readers who liked that book will also like this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's meh chick-lit, good chick-lit and chick-lit that is SO much more than chick-lit and One Minute to Midnight is in the latter category. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura
I love this book I've read it over and over again and I still enjoy it as if it is the first time reading itPublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
It's a story about some friends Nicole who meets up with Julian in her early teenage years ancestry him his cousin Aidan and a girl Alex. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Diana
i own the trademark "ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT". The title is a violation of my rights and a violation of the LANTHAM ACT. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lawrence F. Curtin
Not what I expected from the cover which sounds a bit pathetic!
I was expecting the usual light hearted chick lit to while away a few hours. Read more
This book had me gripped from the first page could not put it down. I like the way the book jumps around from different times of her life yet so easy to follow. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Karen Neish
It's post Christmas 2011 as we join Nicole, and from the first chapter, it becomes evident that there are problems with her current life and her relationship with husband Dom. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2014 by Petal
bought this book more recently I have to say I liked the cover of the book ,but don't be fooled this is actually like lots of small books sort of all in one ... Read morePublished on 19 May 2013 by iris