Today’s featured book has been resting on Pippa, my Kindle, for a while. It is from an author I have enjoyed, so I am eager to now begin. One Moment, One Morning, is from Sarah Rayner.
Intro: (Monday) (07:58)
Lou is pretending to be asleep, but out of the corner of her eye she is watching the woman opposite put on her make-up. She always finds it fascinating, watching other women do this, constructing themselves, on the train. Lou never wears make-up, really, other than for very special occasions, and although she can understand it saves time, she finds it odd—choosing to make the transformation from private to public persona whilst commuting. It takes away the mystery, covering the blemishes, thickening the lashes, widening the eyes, plumping the cheeks, surrounded by people. And on the seven forty-four to Victoria, Lou is surrounded by people: most of them silent; many of them asleep, or at least dozing; some of them reading, and a few, a minority, chatting.
Teaser: The kettle has come to a boil. Absently Lou fishes for a tea bag, puts it in a mug, pours the water. As she does so, she considers: how do these events cast light on the way she herself lives? Does she know who she is? Do others? (p. 65).
Blurb: The Brighton to London line. The 7:44 am train. Cars packed with commuters. One woman occupies her time observing the people around her. Opposite, a girl puts on her make-up. Across the aisle, a husband strokes his wife’s hand. Further along, another woman flicks through a glossy magazine. Then, abruptly, everything changes: a man collapses, the train is stopped, and an ambulance is called.
For at least three passengers on the 7:44 on that particular morning, life will never be the same again. There’s Lou, in an adjacent seat, who witnesses events first hand. Anna, who’s sitting further up the train, impatient to get to work. And Karen, the man’s wife.
Telling the story of the week following that fateful train journey, One Moment, One Morning is a stunning novel about love and loss, about family and – above all- friendship. A stark reminder that, sometimes, one moment is all it takes to shatter everything. Yet it also reminds us that somehow, despite it all, life can and does go on.
What do you think? Would you keep reading? I know that I am intrigued.