Book Review: In This Moment

Book Review: In This Moment

About the Book:

Maggie inherited a gift from her time-crossing parents that allows her to live three separate lives in 1861, 1941, and 2001. Each night, she goes to sleep in one time period and wakes up in another. Until she turns twenty-one, when she will have to forfeit two of those lives–and everyone she knows in them–forever.

In 1861, Maggie is the daughter of a senator at the outbreak of the Civil War, navigating a capital full of Southern spies and wounded soldiers. In 1941, she is a navy nurse, grappling with her knowledge of the future when she joins a hospital ship going to Pearl Harbor. And in 2001, she’s a brilliant young medical student, fulfilling her dream of becoming a surgeon.

While Maggie has sworn off romance until she makes her final choice, an intriguing man tugs at her heart in each era, only complicating the impossible decision she must make, which looms ever closer. With so much on the line, how can Maggie choose just one life to keep and the rest to lose?

My Thoughts:

In This Moment is the second book in a series. It can be read as a stand alone. Some of the lessons on life in multiple streams of time are set up in book one, which is called When The Day Comes, but the author gives you enough information that you can start with In This Moment.

I will say right off the bat that this series is not for the sensitive reader and it is not a light, feel-good type of time travel book. I found book one to be more than I expected, with some traumatic situations, (including abuse by a husband) that made it very difficult to read. Book two was less traumatic, but still not an easy read, which you can probably guess by the years the main character inhabits.

That said, if you can read past the intensity of the scenarios, the book is well written and the creativity of the author is evident in the way she tells the story and explains the impact of time and life experience on Maggie’s story. The intersection of choice and circumstance is developed, as it is how we live and what we choose, no matter what is happening around us, that is the true defining factor of our lives.

In This Moment will appeal to history buffs and those who resonate with the challenge of living well in the midst of hard times and difficult choices.

I received a free digital copy of In This Moment to read with the expectation that I would post an honest review of my thoughts.