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  • Truly moving! Sublime😌

    Moving story😪. Two strangers form an incredible bond👍👍 🤗This Linda Green novel was sublime. Green made it so easy to connect with Finn and Kaz, two characters who in normal circumstances would never themselves connect. Realistic, full of emotion and superbly written, I found the tense build-up to the story's tragic zero hour fantastically compelling. Telling the bulk of the story from the perspective of a shy ten-year-old on the spectrum made Finn's daily struggles and small joys all the more poignant. With a before and after alternating story, the before gave the why's and the interspersed after segments gave a sad peek into Finn's nightmarish one moment that would set up a dramatic change in his life's direction. Bullying plays an all too important role in Finn's story. The traumatic effects of divorce, poverty, mental illness and impersonal bureaucracy are also achingly detailed in Finn's and Kaz's tale. Although the bulk of the book has a depressing tone, the ending gave hope for better days for Finn, Kaz, Terry and Martin and made me sit back with a contented sigh.😌 This was my first time reading a Linda Green novel, but I have been won over to her writing by this book! Thanks to publisher Quercus and NetGalley for providing a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review. #OneMoment @LindaGreenisms @QuercusBooks

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  • Tender & Humorous

    If your favoured reading material is a compelling tale with a good sprinkling of warmheartedness, tragedy, and tenderness then feel free to read One Moment by Linda Green. Finn Rook-Carter and Karen Allen (Kaz) both have their individual issues: ten-year-old garrulous, quirky Finn struggles to make friends and with his only mate Lottie at school he suffers at the hands of his other classmates; candid, caustic, and fun-loving Kaz, fifty-nine, works in a café called Teapots and Teacakes, and cares for her brother Terry, who has schizophrenia. Finn usually only eats at cafés with a five star hygiene rating, and Kaz is working at the café when Finn and his mum, Hannah, turn up. When a tragedy throws Finn and Kaz together, they both find their lives are changed forever. Set in Halifax, the story is narrated alternately from the perspectives of Finn and Kaz. Whilst many of the underlying issues in this novel are serious in nature, the author writes in such a tender, though also humorous way, affording me several moments of deep reflection, but also many laugh-out-loud instances. She captures family gripes and grievances, the gossipy nature of some of the individuals, and the small-mindedness of a few, with great effectiveness. The cast of characters all have wonderful parts to play, and it was impossible to choose a favourite. The more I learned about these people and their lives, the more I found myself empathising with them. It was very hard to say goodbye to them and I found myself wishing all of of them well for the future. The way that Linda Green linked their lives together was very clever and I was completely drawn into this novel right from the start, fully appreciating all of the priceless scenes and also the more serious and sobering ones. One Moment is a lovely book with a brilliant friendship at its core but it also covers so much more - bullying, divorce, anxiety, mental health, to name but a few. It was such a thought-provoking book and one not to be missed. This novel is most definitely worth the time invested and Linda Green could quite possibly become one of my go-to authors. Very highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Quercus via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • It was a great read, highly recommended

    A poignant novel, full of emotions and great characters. My gran used to say: "I enjoyed, I cried a lot". This summarise my feeling for this book: sometimes I smile, a lot of times I was moved to tears. Both Finn and Kaz reminded of moments I lived and reading about them was cathartic in bringing back memories and feelings. They're realistic, likeable and well thought. The plot was engrossing and I couldn't put it down. It's one of those book you start reading and when you're not reading it you're thinking about the characters or the situations. It made me feel involved in the character lives and root for them. But it always gave a lot of food for thought. It was a great read, highly recommended. Many thanks to Quercus Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

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  • a bit different

    i thoroughly enjoyed one moment. A very sad but lovely st the same time. I loved all of th characters in it. I hope you like it too

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