Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Just Breathe

Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs

What was this book about?

Sarah Moon thinks that maybe her life is going to be starting to get on track. Her husband has recovered from his bout with cancer. They have been trying for the last year to get pregnant and while it hasn’t happened yet – that are continuing IUI. She has been working hard on her comic “Just Breathe” and while she has to let it become less of a priority while she focused on her husband’s illness – she is ready to start back at working on syndication for that.

And in one quick swoop she loses everything. She finds out her husband Jack isn’t what he seemed to be and he has been having an affair. That is the one thing Sarah just won’t take and she packs everything up to return to her hometown in California.

Once there she is able to reconnect with her family in a way that she had never been able to before. She finds Will – the boy she had a crush on in high school – and develops a friendship with him and his daughter Aurora. And she finds out she is pregnant from her last IUI treatment.

It is a lot for a woman to take while in the process of divorcing.

What did you think about the book?

I started this book and didn’t want to put it down. I loved the plot of a woman who was in a relationship that didn’t work out – and wants to blame the other person – since he obviously did do a horrible thing. Yet, she starts to realize that there were two people in the relationship and while he was definitely more at fault for the breakdown of everything – she was not totally innocent either. She is forced to take a step back from everything and realize what really happened.

Throw in an unexpected pregnancy and twins and you have an added complication that the character embraces with a realistic amount of fear, apprehension, and excitement.

The thing that made the book even better was the comic cartons that both mimicked the characters life as well as probably would have been what she submitted to her newspapers (if she was real). They were cute and quirky with enough of a similar story line to be a great addition.

What genre would you consider this?
Family Dynamics/Romance


Question for you?
In regards to your significant other – what would be the one thing that could happen that would mean the end of your relationship? What would mean you would stay together no matter what?

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