“My Initial Reaction…
Have you ever loved an author’s work so much that you pick up their book without even checking to see what it’s about? That’s what I did with A Moment and I have no regrets! Marie knocked it out of the park again and I look forward to picking up the next book.
One of the things I love about Marie’s work is her ability to create really rich characters – which is the best way to describe A Moment‘s characters. When we meet Liliana she’s a scared teenager sitting in the Emergency Waiting Room with her father to take the test that will change her life. She already knows what the test will say: she’s pregnant. She has no idea how that will shape the woman she is to become. We fast forward 7 years and find out that life has not been easy on poor Lili. The dad wanted nothing to do with her son, Javier, who turned out to be autistic. Her dad also wanted nothing to do with her, after she’d spoiled her dreams. So after a few years he left her, Javi, and her mom (who suffered from MS). This 21 year old girl has the weight of the world on her shoulders and she manages it all amazingly. I was so impressed with her resilience and dedication to her family. But Lili thinks of herself as a statistic – even though as a reader she’s anything but. She’s finished high school, is in her junior year of college to be a nurse, and hasn’t given up on herself one bit. She also refuses to give up on other people. She’s a mother hen and as one myself, I couldn’t help but love her and feel for her.
One of the people Lili refused to give up on was Ryan. She meets him through a college friend, his cousin Alex. They’ve all gone out together for Valentine’s Day as friends. What Lili doesn’t know is that Valentine’s Day is a really really horrible day for Ryan – and not because some girl broke his heart. He has some serious emotional scarring, which we and Lili spend the book guessing at and piecing together. I loved Ryan and my heart broke for him over and over again. He’s trying so hard to find a life with Lili and keep his demon’s in the past, but he doesn’t know how to do that. He’s a fighter (literally and figuratively) and yet he’s also so kind and tender. My heart melted every time he interacted with Javi (Lili’s autistic son) and her mom. He’s a character that you can’t help but root for every step of the way.
The story is told from both Lili’s and Ryan’s perspectives – always clearly marked at the start of the chapter, so no trouble getting confused- and their unique perspective on overlapping events makes the story that much richer. And I loved all the supporting characters, who you get to know well enough to love, though you’d certainly love to get to know them better. The next book is Alex’s story and I look forward to it.
Technically this is a contemporary romance, but to classify it that way feels wrong. It’s such a deep book and, while the romance was great, it felt secondary to the huge issues that Marie is tackling. Through this emotionally evocative story we get glimpses of people, who feel incredibly real, dealing with the repercussions of teenage pregnancy, an autistic child (who I adored), parental abandonment, MS, child abuse, and even suicide. Can you get deeper than that? Marie handles it all so well too – I was on the verge of tears more than once, for both devastating moments and heart warming ones – but the book still managed to have a lightness to it. There was humor that made me laugh. There was the slow development of a relationship that made me smile, complete with purely fun dates and some steamy moments. It was the perfect balance. And as someone who knows and loves people who have dealt with literally all the issues she tackles, I don’t feel that any of them were dealt with improperly. It felt spot on. Yep, I loved this book.
A Moment was an emotional ride that I’m thrilled I took. It’s a book that melts your heart and breaks it too. I highly recommend for lovers of romance and emotionally charged books that tackle critical issues.”
“This was one totally intense love story and an emotional, bumpy rollercoaster ride for the characters. It just breaks your heart thinking about Ryan and his struggle with the demons.
Apart from Ryan's initial actions, not much happens in the story, it's more about the emotional journey they share over a twelve month period.
The narrative is a his/her viewpoint throughout, which makes it all the more poignant as we instantly share their thoughts and feelings. They each have so much `heavy' baggage in their lives you just want them to cling to each other and never let go.”
“Loved it!”Beatriz Alvarez wrote this review Tuesday, September 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“OK So I grabbed this one as a Kindle Freebie on the recommendation of a friend. Let me just say OH MY GOODNESS!!! What a beautiful heartbreakingly amazing story! I got sucked in to this in just a chapter or so and I couldn't wait to find time to keep reading! I would think about it when I wasn't reading during the day and to me that right there alone deserves a 5 Star! Just wonderful I loved it!”Teri E wrote this review Tuesday, September 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“371p A chance meeting...
Life didn't turn out the way I'd ever hoped it would. I got pregnant at 14. Same year my mom got diagnosed with MS. Dad bailed on us and my life felt like it suddenly started to spiral out of control. I'm 21 now, I go to college, I work hard, trying to make something of myself. I wasn't supposed to be at that burlesque bar Valentine's Day. I wasn't supposed to meet Ryan Cosgrove, but I did. And now nothing will ever be the same.
Love born from pain...
I'm a retired Marine, an MMA fighter, and when I was younger something terrible happened to me. Life is hard and I'm so tired of pretending its not. I'm in a burlesque bar, drowning my sorrows, trying to shut out the demons breathing down my neck always reminding me I'm not good enough. Then I see Liliana Delgado and something inside of me- something I'd thought long dead- stirs to life. I wonder... can she save me? I hope she can, because I don't think I can save myself.
This is our moment...
“By: Marie Hall
Published By: Marie Hall Publishing
Age Recommended: New Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series: Moments, New Adult Romance: Book #1
"A Moment" by Marie Hall was the first in the series: 'Moments, New Adult Romance: Book 1 which was a good contemporary romance that was 'heart wrenching, difficult and one good read especially for new adult.' This novel was of two people who had 'suffered and loss at the hands of someone they had trusted.' You will find "A Moment a very emotional story of a teenage pregnancy, living with a mother who is suffering from MS, divorce, autistic child, suicide and even child sexual abuse.' Needless to say this author did a wonderful job about bring these two together. I don't want to tell you because I want you to read "A Moment" to see for yourself how well this author did in drawing all into this story of Lily and Ryan together. You will find that "A Moment" is not a easy read with all of the emotions that are going or have gone on between these two people have been well presented. This was really a good read that was 'outstanding and focuses' on some subjects that may be somewhat difficult to talk about but I think this author did an amazing job and YES, I would definitely recommend this to you as a good read. ”
“This story was a full force punch to the gut. Ryan is damaged, but understandably. How can anyone overcome such abuse and neglect? It is terrible to see this knowing that things like this happen every day. I was an immediate fan of his character, and determined that this story would lead him to recovery and a happy ending. A Moment, was my first experience with works from Marie Hall. She is quite a talented author, and tremendously strong emotional author. I was so absorbed into this emotional rollercoaster it was almost reassuring to see it come to a close. I also felt that some of the reassurance was also due to the pace of the mid story. Being so talented it must be incredibly difficult to determine what is enough. That was evident with Hall dedication to the detail in the middle of this story. It almost seemed like she was so determined that every read feeling the emotion leaking out of the pages, and in doing so she ended up maybe dragging it out just a little further than was necessary. Rest assured with such a wonderful novel this does not alter the excellence of the story, but will leave readers ready for the end. A Moment is one of those story that doesn’t really leave you craving for me. It was so wonderful and enjoyable that as the story is winding down it leaves you with a comforted feeling of HOPE and LOVE. I look forward to seeing what other Moments Marie has for the series. ~BookWhisperer Reviewer JO~”Book Whisperer wrote this review Thursday, June 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
A MOMENT is the first storyline in Marie Hall’s new adult, contemporary romance Moments series. The first installment focuses on Ryan Cosgrove-a twenty five year old MMA fighter with demons buried so deep, the pain and suffering in the ring are the only thing keeping the memories at bay; and Liliana Delgado-a twenty one year old, single mother of a seven year old autistic child who works nights to keep food on the table and attends college to ensure her son has a future.
A Moment is a storyline filled with characters that have suffered and loss at the hands of someone they trusted. It is a study in poor family dynamics where the children are made to suffer for the sins of the parents. But the children are now adults themselves, and the demons from their past surface time and again.
What the reader is faced with are several moments in the life of two people who want to be loved and to love. From their first non-moment seeing each other seven years earlier to the last moment in the book, Marie Hall takes the reader on an emotional journey of heartbreak and sorrow, betrayal and pain, and finally acceptance by the one person you care most about in the world.
Liliana is a strong and independent female character but at the end of the day she is like everyone else-she wants to be needed as more than a mother and a daughter. Ryan is a man bordering on the edge of sell-destruction. Fear of losing the woman that he loves, he begins to push Lili away without explanation. It is only when he finally reveals the truth to the nightmares and pain, will Ryan begin the long journey towards healing and self-acceptance.
The storyline reads like a psychiatric nightmare-sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, autistic children, dying parents, betrayal and aggression. The expression ‘home is where the heart lies’ is true when Ryan’s heart lies with Liliana Delgado. There is no looking back-only forward, and A Moment will end with one couple looking towards a future where the demons can finally be buried-once and for all.
I had a few issues with this particular storyline or perhaps it was the writing. There were some problems with grammar and spelling, as well as character switch-a-roo. Many times the names would be reversed; characters would be talking to and about themselves; but a good editor would catch all these problems. If a reader can locate that many problems, a proof-reader and editor should be able to correct the issues before publication.
A MOMENT is an interesting storyline about two people who crossed paths-one moment in time- and their lives would be forever connected the moment they meet again seven years later.
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“A Moment by Marie Hall
The Moment Series Book 1
Ryan Cosgrove is a man with demons. The biggest night of their haunting is on Valentines Day and it has once again arrived. This year he’s tired of fighting them, at twenty-five he’s been fighting this battle for fifteen years. He’s made the decision this will be the last year. Then the unexpected happens, a green eyed beauty enters his life and she’s determined to save him.
Liliana Delgado has had quite a hard life. Pregnant at a young age, an autistic son, her mother is ill and more. She has chosen not to date in the seven years since her son was born. The one night she agrees to go out with Alex, only as friends, her life changes. Lili likes to try and save people and Alex’s cousin Ryan is definitely in need of saving.
This story is intense at times. It is worth reading but don't go into it thinking it's a warm and fuzzy romance. You'd be disappointed. There is definitely romance but the road to love is definitely an unkept back road, bumpy with plenty of deep ruts. Ryan had something really bad happen when he was young and he’d rather bury it then tell Lili the truth. Only when you bury things that aren’t dead, they find a way to always come back. Book two in the series will be Alex's story, Right Now.
**Sexual Content and Language