After spending three food and fizz filled days with my family in Yorkshire for Christmas, I had a rather long train journey home to London. Having finished my book en route to Yorkshire, and unwilling to begin a heavy classic from my Uncle’s huge hoard of books, I borrowed One Moment, One Morning from my cousin.
The debut novel from Brighton based author Sarah Rayner, One Moment, One Morning begins on the 7.44 train from Brighton to London. On the journey a man dies of a sudden heart attack, changing three womens’ lives forever.
Rather ironically, I used to get the 7.44 from Brighton to London after graduating from university when I was interning in London. I now live in Clapham Junction which is also mentioned in the book, and until recently worked around the corner from Cheyne Walk in Chelsea where one of the main characters Anna, works as copywriter. Thus, in addition to the settings which Rayner expertly describes herself, I was able to visualise, perhaps better than most, a vivid backdrop to the story which sees the lives of Karen, Anna and Lou intertwine as the plot develops.
After Karen is left widowed following her husband Simon’s heart attack, she turns to best friend Anna, who herself is dealing with an unhappy relationship with her spouse whose fondness for alcohol is proving too much to bear. She, in turn, seeks solace from Lou, who witnessed Simon’s heart attack and soon becomes a firm friend.
As the three women struggle to overcome feelings of shock, grief and loss, while simultaneously dealing with lesser problems in their lives, the friendship between the three of them is cemented.
A deceptively simple tale that takes place over just seven days, One Moment, One Morning is a well written tale with a captivating plot that you will want to devour in one sitting.