TWW’s Book Review: Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs

I actually started Susan Wigg’s Just Breathe
a long time ago and I recently unearth it from the underside of my bed.
After the first few pages, I remembered that I had indeed started it,
but wasn’t sure how far I had gotten.

It’s the story of Sarah Moon, a comic strip writer, and her husband
Jack, an architect, trying to have a child. Unfortunately Sarah is
having a very difficult time getting pregnant, so she and Jack decide to
go and get fertility treatments in hopes that it will increase her
chances for having a child. While all this is going on her husband Jack
gets sick, and Sarah must put her plans on hold in order to care for
him.

After
Jack gets well, they continue on with trying to get pregnant and go on
with their everyday lives. Sarah continues to write her comic strip
where art imitates life and Jack designs and builds houses. The tedium
is getting to Jack and unbeknownst to Sarah her marriage to Jack is
slowly unraveling. The proverbial light bulb goes on when one day Sarah
decides to visit her husband at one of his jobsites. What she finds is
not what she was expecting – Jack with another woman. Fleeing the scene
she goes home completely devastated. Knowing now that her marriage is
over she decides to leave and go home to California.
With
the help of her family and the people in the community, she begins to
start her life over. She reconnects with her high school friends and
their families. She also meets up with Will Bonner, a boy she once had a
thing for in high school, and his daughter, Aurora. Trying to settle
into a new life, Sarah discovers that she is finally pregnant. Big
surprise!
The
rest of the story is how Sarah deals with all of this, including how
she copes with her soon to be ex-husband, his family and the impending
birth of her child. Susan Wiggs has a wonderful way of developing the
back story of the story as there are plenty of back stories in this
novel – Will and Aurora, Will and his firefighting crew, Aurora and her
friends, Sarah and her Dad/Grandmother.
Many
of you might wonder why I chose this book as the Reading Romances
Challenge for March. While on the surface, it wouldn’t appear to be a
romance, but as the reader, you really need to look deeper and I think
you’ll see why I believe this is a true romance…in disguise. Love is
lost, love is a blessing, love is renewed and love is found…all found
within these pages. If that is romance, then I don’t know what is! 

This
book has an easy flow and despite the 472 pages, it doesn’t seem
intimidating. In fact, my interest was piqued throughout the entire book
and once I got back into it again, I was hooked. The author, Susan
Wiggs, has a way of providing just enough information on the page to
keep the reader wanting to turn the page. The thing that I enjoyed the
most about the book was the comic strips inserted into the novel. I
wished there had been more. In fact, I would have liked to seen the
entire strip! Read this one, I think you’ll enjoy it. Rating:

Wishing you moments of great reading!

 Susan's Blog Signature

Liked anything you see here? Then contact me, Susan Dusterhoft at todaysworkingwoman@hotmail.com. I am always looking for more books/products to review. I can also provide assistance with blog writing!