Wednesday 4 August 2021

Guest Review: The Moment I Met You by Debbie Johnson

It only takes a second...

For life to change forever.

Elena Godwin could never have known that her dream holiday to Mexico would change her life forever. She thought that she was in charge of her own destiny. But on a gorgeous summer evening, her whole world is ripped from her feet in a single moment.

Ten years later, she still can't forget the face of the stranger who held her whilst everything she knew was destroyed. Thrown back together again, Elena starts to uncover the truth around that fateful night - and questions whether she made the right decision all those years ago.

She only met him for a moment, but maybe it's not too late...

Review: Ever since I read my first Debbie Johnson book, she has been a ‘must read’ author for me and I have laughed and cried my way through every book as they were published. I never really consider what the subject matter will be before I start to read, so was totally unprepared for the rollercoaster I was going to be boarding when I opened this book to read.

The story begins with 26-year-old Elena Godwin on a fantastic holiday in Mexico with boyfriend Harry, but at the same time wondering in what direction her future lies. Suddenly, in the little mountain village they are visiting, the enjoyment of the evening is shattered by a horrific disaster and Elena’s life is shattered with it. However, she shares this moment of horror with a stranger without whom she may not survive and who becomes important to her. The narrative then moves on 10 years to show Elena’s life as it has become. Only then does she begin to discover what really happened that fateful night and to wonder at what might have been and whether she can, even yet, take a different path to the one she has followed since.

I thought this was a wonderful, tremendously moving story and can highly recommend it. It captured my imagination from the very start and the writing was so compelling that I found it hard to put the book down; even when I wasn’t reading, the story stayed with me. The descriptions of that Mexican village were so vivid that I could picture myself there enjoying the festivities and I could easily imagine the noise of the English and Spanish tongues and the smell of the feast that was being prepared. Then there were the different noises when disaster struck. The author very ably puts across how much survivors of such an experience, and indeed their families, are affected in the years that follow. Even years later, the sights and sounds stay with them. I really liked Elena, with her strength and strong sense of loyalty; I was delighted that circumstances allowed her to meet up again with the stranger with whom she shared the whole experience and that the attraction they felt survived along with them. This story is full of emotion; although there is heartbreak and tragedy, there is still a healthy dose of Debbie Johnson humour and the promise of romance along the way.

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