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June 13, 2019

One Minute Later by Susan Lewis ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts
You think your life is perfect.
You think your secrets are safe.
You think it’ll always be this way.
But your life can change in a heartbeat.

Susan Lewis takes her readers on a roller coaster ride of a story about how life can change in just one minute. She always writes wonderful stories about families but I thought that this was her best novel yet.

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One Minute Later
June 2019; William Morrow; 978-0062906564
audio, ebook, print (512 pages); women's fiction
Vivi is a successful lawyer in London. She lives in a perfect apartment, has plenty of friends and works long hours at her job. It all changes in a minute when she has a massive heart attack at her 27th birthday party. She is unable to keep her job, her boyfriend is no longer interested in her and her friends have little in common with her new life as she moves back home to the small town she grew up in and moves in with her mother. She is aware that she is on borrowed time unless a transplant can be found and she is depressed about all of the changes in her life that led her away from her exciting life in London. She has one thing that she wants to do before she dies - she wants to find out who her father is and her mother refuses to tell her as she has all of her life. And then she meets Josh, a young vet and begins to fall in love with him. The big question throughout the book is whether she will be able to get a heart before it's too late.

The book is a bit confusing when after a long chapter about Vivi and her medical problems, there is a chapter about Shelley and Deerwood Farms. There appears to be no connection between the people on this farm and Viv's story. All I can tell you is to keep reading because once the connection is made it ties up any questions that you may have.

I was very impressed with this book and with the characters - especially Vivi who showed determination to adjust to her new life and her continued hope for the future. I learned a lot about heart transplants and what life is like for someone waiting for a transplant. Overall, a great story!

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About the Author

Susan Lewis is the internationally bestselling author of more than forty books across the genres of family drama, thriller, suspense, and crime. She is also the author of Just One More Day and One Day at a Time, the moving memoirs of her childhood in Bristol during the 1960s. Following periods of living in Los Angeles and the South of France, she currently lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, James; stepsons, Michael and Luke; and mischievous dogs, Coco and Lulu.

Find out more at her website, and connect with her on Facebook.

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter

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  1. Thank you for sharing your insights, love it!

  2. I'm seeing such great reviews on this one, I'm going to pick it up at the library. I wasn't sure but now it seems kind of intriguing enough that I really have to see what this ending is. Thanks for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

  3. 4 emotional stars to this one. This was my first read by Susan Lewis. I learned a lot about heart transplants! An emotional rollercoaster of a book!

  4. Delighted to have finished this book as quickly as I did. Love it so much!!

  5. I have read some of Susan Lewis’ work before and I particularly liked “No Turning Back” and “No Child Of Mine.” However, this book, “One Minute Later,” outclasses them both, I think. What an incredible journey Susan Lewis took us on, through the lives of the characters in this novel!

  6. Well WOW that's a story and some more, there is no doubt that lives can change in minutes and this tells the story of Vivienne and the family of Shelley.