One Moment, One Morning Paperback – 5 Feb 2010
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'an intimate, thoughtful novel celebrating women's friendship and loyalty to each other. It is also a moving, subdued reflection on how we survive traumatic events.'
--Waterstone's Books Quarterly
'Carried along by the momentum of a suspense-filled yet touching story that drives to the core of human emotion, this book is a real page-turner, exploring the harrowing pain of loss and grief, family secrets and how a tragic event can force you to be honest about who you really are. You'll want to inhale it in one breath.' --Easy Living
**** 'Top 5 Must-Read. A great, quirky thriller with a heart for fans of Kate Atkinson.' --Red Magazine
'In plain, everyday prose, 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
`One Moment, One Morning is on our spring reading list' --Elle Magazine
`Ostensibly a book about grief, One Moment, One Morning is ultimately uplifting.' --Brighton Argus
`There are books that grab your attention from the very beginning and never let it go. One Moment, One Morning is one of them. It is also one of those books that leaves a lasting impression and will linger at the back of your mind... A book hard to put down - even when reaching out for a tissue - and characters so credible and real that I found myself looking out for them on the streets of Brighton.'
--The Sussex Newspaper
`a moving tale of loss and friendship' --Star magazine
`Rayner is a swift, efficient plotter nudging her characters towards the light of congruence and self-reliance. Her Brighton is carefully and affectionately mapped, and her account of the grueling rituals a death involves is deftly done.' --TLS
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This book took me a while to get through which is not a reflection upon it at all more the fact that I decided to catalogue my ebook collection at the same time and like a woman demented I didn't want to stop. Instead I kept flitting in an out of this book, a chapter here and here.
This is the story of a man called Simon who on the 7.44 train from Brighton to London suffers a fatal heart attack. It is his wife's story, that of his wife's best friend and also of Lou, the woman who witnesses events that fateful morning.
Simon's death has a profound effect on them all and on their lives. It isn't though a depressing story. Instead I found it full of hope and love and stories of friendship at difficult times. Simon's death is not the central story merely the setting around which the real story is told.
I liked this book a great deal and would say that it left me feeling full of awareness that we all need to be aware that life is fleeting and we need to live in the moment and I would recommend this book. It is a lovely novel which is easy to read and has some truly lovely characters at it's core.
I think it's a great depiction of female relationships, of romantic relationships, of everyday human experiences like commuting on a train or sharing a taxi... It's all very well described and depicted, and you will relate to at least something in this book at one point or another.
The book has a really hopeful, positive ending and an overall positive message, despite the subject matter initially being loss and grief and a tragic event.
I dont want to say too much about the story itself because I personally HATE it when other reviewers tell you the whole plot in their review! But I found all the characters in the story strong, there are a lot of different subtext stories going on and in one way or another we will have know or been through the same experiences ourselves at sometime or another. I will be recommending this book to other people who I know will benefit from the story.
The story then explores the effects of the death on two other passengers on the train. I thought that their issues would have been resolved with or without the unexpected death and here I thought the story was weak.
I was expecting a hidden secret to emerge concerning the dead guy so perhaps was disappointed. Is an ok read and would be of particular interest to anyone who wants to know the effects of a sudden bereavement.