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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (Dec 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781250000194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250000194
  • ASIN: 125000019X
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #316,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
One Moment, One Morning cleverly manages to be more than a novel March 28 2010
By Alison J. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner

Sarah Rayner starts her story with a life-shattering event that could happen to you or to anyone. It is a personal disaster, with huge significance for a lot of people. If it were to occur in your life the consequences would hit you very hard and yet you might never give them a single thought ... until they happen.

And that is not all. The story goes on to uncover a series of events that happen to someone, somewhere every day, and yet each one is a shock and a revelation. One Moment, One Morning is beautifully written as well as surprising, thought-provoking, touching and heart-warming.

The characters in the story quickly become your own close friends. They are buffeted by alarming challenges but, with the help other friends nearby, they survive and cope rather well. The story is an inspirational example of the power of women supporting each other.

Sarah Rayner's novel cleverly manages to be more than a novel. Besides warming your heart, it might help you to handle well some of the worst shocks that could occur in your life.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
well written character study Dec 20 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The morning rush hour from Brighton to London has passengers going about their business when a man pukes, clutches his chest, and collapses. The train stops and the man is rushed by ambulance to a hospital but pronounced dead. On that train amongst the commuters is the deceased's wife Karen, her BFF Anna in a different car, and a witness youth worker Lou who watched the change in the loving couple by the tragedy. Lou and Anna meet when each seeks and shares a taxi.

Karen grieves her shocking unexpected loss but also must be there for her two young children (Molly and Luke) who struggle with the death of their father Simon. Anna takes to heart that a person has only one life so she decides to end her relationship with abusive charming alcoholic Steve while needing to be there for her friend and her godchildren. Lou also is affected as she opens her heart to Sofia and family.

One Moment, One Morning is a discerning well written character study that looks deeply into the impact of a death on three women (and indirectly others in their immediate circle). The storyline focuses on death and rebirth as each feels like quitting on life following the Simon tragedy. However, the trio uses Simon's death as a springboard to new beginnings once each respectively moves past the original denial. Sarah Rayner provides a poignant tale as women proposes but God disposes so get it right the first (and only) time as there are no makeovers.

Harriet Klausner
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Soporific Jan. 7 2011
By I LOVE BOOKS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Apologies for a rather harsh adjective. Admittedly, I am not a chick-lit fan however I do enjoy such books now & then as I find them relaxing; and sometimes one comes along that is actually light but entertaining. Not this one. And please note, it is NOT A THRILLER as wrongly indicated in older copies. I am not even sure it could be defined as "chick-lit" either, it shall be up to the reader to decide.

The opening story: one moment, one morning, on a commuter train from Brighton to London, a man drops dead (first chapter). The lives of three passengers on the same train will forever be altered after that. The author explores various themes, mainly coping with the loss of a loved one. Sad subject, certainly; and strong feelings of bereavement and sorrow permeate, understandably, the lives of those involved.

However a flat and rather repetitive narrative fails to fully deliver. Even what could have been an engaging, uplifting description of a nice friendship between three women (main characters) who try to support each other in times of need, is unconvincing. Hence, while sympathizing with a very depressing situation, I could not empathize with the characters, most of them such... clichés. This is accentuated by a "goody-goody" feel throughout the book, quite unrealistic I thought, rendering the characters quite artificial, boring.

The subject of losing a loved one is probably one of the toughest to write about, even in a made-up story; as mentioned above, it is not the only theme explored, but it is certainly the central one. Despite the effort by the author -and I realise my comment will clash with the reviews published so far- I think that this book fails to impact: it has all the right ingredients wrongly mixed. Sorry.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
the magic of one moment, one morning Dec 3 2010
By persisting stars ~ Maddie ~ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This week I finished reading Sarah's book `One moment, One Morning' and I am still deeply under the spell of her gorgeous and contemplative story of the friendship between three women whose lives are mysteriously changed forever with a devastating loss. Whilst reading this book I felt such a tenderness peering into the unflinching window of these woman's heart's and was struck profoundly how her writing pulses with the ache of that beautiful intangible quality so resonant of the everyday ~ soul.

Sarah's writing is so true and organic and aches with the universal desire to be loved in all of us.

What? Oh!!! you want to know if the book has a happy ending? You will have to read it yourself:)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Heartwarming Take on Female Friendships Jan. 25 2012
By Nika Ortiz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a serious reminder of how life is short and how it can change in one instant. It's a big-hearted homage to female friendships set in the campy yet charming seaside town of Brighton, England. Three women are brought together after Karen loses her husband to a heart attack while traveling on a commuter train to London. The story tells how, through their friendship, Karen processes her grief and survives the worst loss of her life. She learns to live again and through the women's dedication to each other we see exactly how

The book is very thought provoking and hard to put down. You become very attached to the characters who are very well-written and uniquely different from each other. All in all, this is a beautiful, inspiring book about life, transition and friendship.

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