This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
In This Moment
Summary: Bestselling author Karma Brown is back with a morally infused and emotionally riveting exploration of one woman’s guilt over an unexpected—yet avoidable—tragedy.
Meg Pepper has a fulfilling career and a happy family. Most days she’s able to keep it all together and glide through life. But then, in one unalterable moment, everything changes.
After school pickup one day, she stops her car to wave a teenage boy across the street…just as another car comes hurtling down the road and slams into him.
Meg can’t help but blame herself for her role in this horrific disaster. Full of remorse, she throws herself into helping the boy’s family as he rehabs from his injuries. But the more Meg tries to absolve herself, the more she alienates her own family—and the more she finds herself being drawn to the boy’s father, Andrew.
Soon Meg’s picture-perfect life is unravelling before her eyes. As the painful secrets she’s been burying bubble dangerously close to the surface, she will have to decide: Can she forgive herself, or will she risk losing everything she holds dear to her heart?
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
Just when you think you have Karma Brown’s writing style figured out- she changes it up.
In Karma’s previous books- the story leads up to a shocking event- an event where multiple boxes of Kleenex are used as Karma basically rips your heart out and stomps all over it. However, In This Moment- you know the shocking event- it tells it on the back cover, it’s revealed in the first 30 pages or less in the book. In this book, Karma deals with the aftermath of what happens to families after an accident that could have been avoided if fates hadn’t aligned in a certain way.
What I liked:
The realness of this book. Texting while driving is an issue- not only for young people, but adults. Karma’s not preachy with this issue- she simply uses it to provide background to her story and maybe even to make us think a bit more…
The reactions of the families. At one point in the book- the mother of the boy in the accident won’t let her other son get in the car with Meg because she doesn’t want him to get hurt. At first, you kinda want to be like “MEG didn’t cause the accident- it was another person!” But the more you think about it- that mom has a point. Meg had a lapse of judgement and while I don’t think she should have to walk around wearing a scarlet letter- I don’t know if I would so willingly trust another one of my children in the car with her.
Bottom line: If you are expecting another Come Away With Me or The Choices We Make- you’ll be disappointed. In This Moment did not pack the emotional punch that those books did. However, if you are looking for something highly discussable or perhaps a way to start a conversation with younger drivers on ramifications of distracted driving- this book is for you. Book clubs will eat this book up!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
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T @ Traveling With T