Tuesday 12 May 2020

One Moment by Linda Green @LindaGreenisms @QuercusBooks #OneMoment #BookReview

Finn and Kaz are about to meet for the first time.
Ten-year-old Finn, a quirky, sensitive boy who talks a lot and only eats at cafes with a 5-star hygiene rating, is having a tough time at school and home.
Outspoken Kaz, 59, who has an acerbic sense of humour and a heart of gold, is working at the café when Finn and his mum come in.
They don't know it yet, but the second time they meet will be a moment which changes both of their lives forever . . 

One Moment by Linda Green was published in paperback by Quercus Books on 5 March. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review.

This is one of the most heart-warming, and heart-breaking stories that I've read for a long time.
Finn is a ten-year-old boy, who is a little bit quirky. He knows he is, and his love for Alan Titchmarsh, roses, talking, and only eating in 5-star hygiene rated cafes is nurtured by his loving Mum. His Dad tolerates it, but doesn't really understand him quite as well as Mum.

Kaz works in a 5-star rated cafe. She serves up breakfast and cups of builder's tea. Kaz is almost 60 with a sharp wit and a heart of gold. Behind her sunny smile she deals with a lot of serious issues. Her brother Terry has serious mental health problems, and Kaz is his sole carer. She's looked after him for over forty years; their own mother failed miserably as a parent.

When Finn and Kaz meet one day, their lives change forever. Kaz's determination to protect the underdog results in her losing her job, whilst Finn is about to face the biggest tragedy of his young life.

There's one huge event that is the centrepiece to this story and Finn and Kaz each narrate their side of the tale in the 'before' and 'after'. The reader is kept in the dark as to what happens and when this is finally revealed, it's shocking and breathtaking.

Linda Green deals with issues that range from how the most vulnerable in society are treated by the establishment to the the most serious mental illnesses. She does it with a warmth and compassion that is beautifully portrayed through her words. The story is relevant and at times, anger inducing, but is wonderfully compelling.

Linda Green is the bestselling author of nine novels, which have sold more than one million copies and been translated into 12 languages. 

Linda has lived in West Yorkshire for the past 18 years but was born in North London in 1970 and brought up in Hertfordshire. She wrote her first novella, the Time Machine, aged nine, but unfortunately the pony-based time travel thriller genre never took off.

Linda lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and son.

For more info, please go to Linda's website at www.linda-green.com, like @lindagreenauthor on Facebook and follow @LindaGreenisms on Twitter and linda green books on Instagram

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