Occasionally I post reviews for books I have recently read. Sometimes they are very positive and other times, they are my honest thoughts and most likely won’t be considered positive, especially by the author. I am never mean-spirited in my reviews, but I also stink at sugar-coating. It is what it is…
This week I finished One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner. When I first went to the bookstore after hearing wonderful things about this title, they were out. So, I ended up ordering it and purchasing another of her titles, The Other Half, while there. I enjoyed The Other Half and once finished, couldn’t wait to receive the ordered book.
It never ceases to amaze me how one author can write two completely different books, so different that they don’t even read like they were written by the same person. One Moment, One Morning had a lot more ‘English’ words, expressions and such. Not something that took from the read, but I wasn’t expecting it after the other book. I can sum up my review in one word.
At almost 400 pages, 300 of them could have been cut… Here is the Amazon review (with spoilers):
First, I picked up this book after reading another Sarah Rayner novel, The Other Half, which I enjoyed…
The opening of the novel held promise. The author could have taken it in so many directions, but didn’t. Instead, it was almost 400 pages of boring fluff. The actual ‘story’ could have been told in 100 pages or less.
The biggest disappointment was that at no point while reading was I drawn in enough that I couldn’t put it down, and during some points, found myself skimming and wanting to put it down.
I wasn’t particularly fond of any of the characters. Lou finds a love interest and announces to her mother she’s gay. First, it was extremely predictable, as much of the book was. But even in that, there was no real emotion in her coming out, nothing to keep me turning pages to see what happened.
Karen is grappling with the sudden loss of her husband. But she does it in the most ordinary way possible. I waited for something out of the ordinary to happen, to make it worth reading, but nothing.
Anna is involved with an alcoholic. She dumps him. Big deal. Again, a story we’ve read over and over, no twists, no A-ha moments.
I would have put the book down long before the halfway mark, but continued to read because I actually thought that Lou and Anna might get together. Not sure why I thought that, maybe their shared experience on top of one having no love life and the other having a bad one. And even though I was looking for it, it still would have been something out of the ordinary.
I suppose I can wrap up the review with one sentence: The book was ordinary. Everything about it, their lives, their reactions, their interactions… six days of ordinary.
International bestseller? I don’t know how. This book bored me silly.
I certainly don’t mean for this review to sound harsh, just honest. I know what it takes to write an entire novel. It isn’t an easy task, especially when done right. As I’ve seen from the reviews, there were enough people who liked it. Hell, I may even be in the minority here. But even knowing that I was the only person in the world who didn’t care for it wouldn’t change anything I’ve written. It wasn’t my cup of tea, so to speak.
But, if you’re looking for an enjoyable read, don’t hesitate to try Sarah’s The Other Half. Well worth the time investment.