Get out the Kleenex and get ready to be completely immersed in a wonderful love story, because Susan Wiggs knows how to write one.
Thirty something cartoonist Sarah Moon discovers that her five year marriage has gone wrong. On a blistery raining Chicago afternoon, following one of her many fertility treatments, she decides to surprise her husband and meet him on the job site, only it's Sarah who is surprised when she finds him in bed with a client.
Stunned and shocked, Sarah returns to her childhood home, a seaside fishing town in California. A place she fled after high school because she didn't belong. With her mother dead, no friends, and a pending divorce things just couldn't get more depressing. Sarah can either wallow in her pitiful situation, or she can create a life she wants and not what others expect or what is ‘supposed’ to be.
Ms. Wiggs creates a clever ‘alter-ego’ for Sarah in the form of her cartoon character Shirl who does and says all the things Sarah has only wished she could say and feel - and as the book progresses - the two aren't so vastly different.
Just Breathe is about relationships and second chances. The characters in this book are rich and the situations are real. The author looks at how people confront and handle difficult situations without being overly dramatic or making the reader so depressed they want to put the book down. In fact there is a scene between Sarah and her widowed father where you really are going to have to grab the Kleenex it is just so incredibly touching.
The romance is a slow, believable, wonderful build, and the ending is tremendously gratifying. I heartily recommend this book. If you're looking for a love story - this is the one.
By Susan Wiggs
4 1/2 stars
Reviewed by Maria Lokken
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