MOMENT TO MOMENT by Barbara Delinsky
December 29, 2004
MOMENT TO MOMENT, I have to say, was not one of my favorite Delinsky books. I've enjoyed most of her books that I've read so far, but I am finding I do not enjoy her straight romances that she wrote prior to some of her more recent books, which tend to be more "women's lit" than just a pure romance. I think I was spoiled, having discovered the author's books by starting with her more recent novels and working my way backward. Knowing that, the quality of these earlier books is not as good as her more recent novels. Although it is a good thing to know she is improving with age, even without comparing the different types of novels that Delinsky has written, I wouldn't have become such a big fan if it had only to do with these earlier romances.
In MOMENT TO MOMENT, a young woman, Dana Madison battles asthma and the right to have a normal healthy adult life, while Russ Ettinger deals with the loss of a possible sports career when he injures his knee. The two meet by accident, while Dana is fighting an asthma attack. Fate seems to pull the two together, and soon they embark on a relationship. Dana's asthma is at the heart of her personality, but she refrains to tell Russ about her health problems. However, because of this medical issue, their relationship becomes strained. It's a matter of misunderstandings and withholding the truth, but Dana is very afraid of having any serious relationship with any man, even if it IS with Russ, whom she thinks she can trust.
I wish I could give this book a higher rating, but MOMENT TO MOMENT is definitely not one of my favorite Delinsky books. I have to admit it was well written in some ways, but I didn't feel any sympathy for the characters and couldn't care less what happened to them. Anyone that reads this book should know that MOMENT TO MOMENT is not indicative of the style of books Delinsky writes today. On the other hand, many readers have told me that they would rather read her older novels than her more recent ones. It's a matter of taste. As for me, I will eventually read all her books, as I am a big fan, but I prefer her current style of writing and am happy that I had discovered her books. MOMENT TO MOMENT gets three stars from the Ratmammy.