Sarah Moon is a cartoonist. She uses
her own real life experiences in her comic strip “Just
Breathe.” Sarah’s husband, Jack, works for his family owned
construction company. Sarah and Jack have been married for
five years, during which time Sarah has stood by and cared
for Jack when he had cancer. She went through twelve months
of fertility treatments in a desperate attempt to conceive a
child to no avail. Then she found Jack with another woman.
Sarah left Chicago and gone home to her family in California
to lick her wounds and make a fresh start. As she plans her
divorce from Jack she gets two unexpected surprises. She’s
pregnant with Twins.
Will Boon is the boy Sarah had a crush
on in high school. He ignored her then. Will is now the
town’s Fire Captain and father to his thirteen-year-old
stepdaughter Aurora. Will and Sarah begin an unlikely
friendship that soon becomes more, but neither of them is in
a position to start a relationship. That doesn’t stop them
from falling for each other though.
Just Breathe is a
wonderful story bathed in vivid realism. Sarah’s response to
Jack’s cheating, the birth of her babies, and her feelings
for Will, are realistic and packed with emotion. I felt a
real connection to Sarah. Either because I had a similar
experience to one of hers or I felt I would have reacted the
same way she did had I been in her shoes. Jack however
handled things very badly. I lost respect for him quickly as
he became bitter and selfish. His infidelity infuriated me.
Will on the other hand is a knight in shining armor. He is
compassionate, gorgeous, and honorable. He’s the perfect
man! Aurora is lovely. She’s a typical teenager struggling
to cope with some not so typical issues. Just Breathe
is a realistic look at one woman’s life as she faces loss
and heartache, then love and joy. Just Breathe
is my first Susan Wiggs novel but definitely not my last.
She is a wonderful storyteller.