Blog Tour: Book Review - One Moment At Sunrise by Karen Aldous


Today on Becca's Books, I'm thrilled to be sharing my review of Karen Aldous's recently released One Moment at Sunrise as part of the blog tour. All of the books I've previously had the pleasure of reading by Karen have been beautifully evocative, drenched with descriptions and characters real enough to fall in love with. When I spotted Jenny, the fantastic tour host over at Neverland Blog Tours, gathering bloggers for this tour I really hoped I'd be able to squeeze in, and thankfully, I did! So without further ado, here's my review of Karen Aldous's latest novel One Moment at Sunrise.

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Title - One Moment at Sunrise
Author - Karen Aldous
Publication Date - April 18th 2016
Publisher - Carina UK
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided by tour host)

Blurb
Nothing will ever be the same again...

Evie Grant has spent two years hidden away in a quiet French village, longing to escape her beautiful villa with its blue-shuttered windows. Maybe this summer, the father of her child will keep his broken promises and return to whisk her away to another life. One way or another, Evie's determined to stop feeling like his dirty little secret...

Yet when a mysterious stranger almost knocks Evie off her bicycle early one morning, her world begins to change in ways she never expected. Embarking on a painful journey of self-discovery, Evie begins to face her darkest fears and rebuild her fragile dreams. But can she ever truly break free from her gilded cage and learn to love again?

Review
One Moment at Sunrise is yet another absolute stunner of a novel from Karen Aldous. I've devoured and loved each of Karen's previous books, having adored how easily I was whisked away to some sun-drenched part of France, where I would have happily remained for the foreseeable future. The author writes so beautifully, peppering her prose with delectable descriptions, it's incredibly easy to lose track of the time slipping by, and this was no different in Karen's latest book One Moment at Sunrise.

From the moment the cover of this book was revealed over on Twitter, I just couldn't wait to read it, and once I'd raced through the blurb, I wanted to do so immediately. One thing I've picked up on while reading Karen's previous novels is the heart-warming focus on family and relationships, and also on motherhood. Karen takes the most important things in life and incorporates them seamlessly within her stories, making them feel all the more real and genuine, and that was most definitely the case in One Moment at Sunrise. Within Karen's latest novel, we're introduced to Evie Grant. Now Evie, to me, felt like a very strong and determined woman, if only she had the chance to use that strength and determination. As Karen began to build up Evie's history, alongside Evie's daughter Charlotte, it quickly became clear that this was very much a 'bird trapped in cage' situation, and this is a situation that I cannot stand to see, in real life as well as in fiction. Evie's life was very restricted. Yes, she lived in a beautiful home in a beautiful area but sometimes in life, beautiful things just aren't enough. Evie's partner, Seb Wilde, was a man who very rarely stuck around. Living a glamorous lifestyle, always on the move, and preferring champagne and yachts to his home, partner and daughter, I very quickly got the impression that Evie was a 'kept' woman. She had little independence, few friends, and was the main carer of their daughter, although a daughter who Evie clearly ADORED, and would have done absolutely anything for. The characters were brilliantly built-up, in my mind as well as on the page, and so I felt like I knew them pretty well before the story truly begun, which was a bonus in itself.

Karen really kicks Evie's story off in the very first chapter. After a heart-racing, near-miss while riding her bike along the Canal Du Midi, Evie finds herself being rescued by Ben, a brown-eyed producer who, without her realising, begins to shape her future. Alongside their chance meeting, Evie sets out on a surprising but nonetheless uplifting journey towards taking back the reigns of her life and being in control once more. Weaved into this story of self-discovery and the rebuilding of confidence was the rich unearthing of the past as Evie joins with Ben to research the creation of the Canal Du Midi itself, and the man behind the creation, Pierre-Paul Riquet. But, having knowledge already of the area, Evie is able to bring something much more riveting to Ben's production and quickly, the two of them become engrossed in the project.

This was a fascinating story, but alongside the research, Evie had issues much closer to home to deal with too. When things took a surprising turn later on in the plot, I couldn't race through the second half of the novel fast enough, and with Evie's daughter involved, it spoke high volumes of danger for both characters who I'd quickly come to adore. I was cheering for Evie right the way through, and I couldn't wait to see how Karen would bring Evie's story to an end. I severely hoped that would all would be well, but in all honesty, I really couldn't say for sure...

All in all, another gorgeous novel from Karen Aldous. Set in a glorious location, with a fantastic collection of characters, I was utterly charmed by One Moment at Sunrise. It was a novel of love, hope and finally, strength. As I sit here and write this review, I find myself thinking of Evie and hoping that all is well in her world. She definitely deserves it. Becca's Books is awarding One Moment at Sunrise by Karen Aldous with five bookish stars. I'm already looking forward to the next book from Karen Aldous!

Giveaway
Love the sound of One Moment at Sunrise by Karen Aldous? Excellent! Enter the blog tour giveaway below and you could be in with the chance of winning an Amazon gift card alongside an eBook copy of One Moment at Sunrise. How fantastic is that? Good luck! 
About the Author

Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine!

Karen gets much of her inspiration from her travels and if she had to choose, France, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and the USA would be her favourites. However, wherever she goes, she discovers a new character emerges in 'Karen's World'. She likes to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives - but struggle to control them! And, of course there's always a gorgeous hunk or two!

You can find Karen Aldous on Facebook | Twitter | karenaldous.co.uk

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