In This Moment - Autumn Doughton

In This Moment - Autumn Doughton

Beatifully written - full of those little moments. Great Book!!!

 

In This Moment is the perfect title for this story because it's so full of those moments in life that can either pass you by, leaving you scarred and a wreck or you can grab ahold of them, cherishing each and everyone of them, no matter how painful they may be because in life all we have are these moments. Aimee has moved away to go to college. She's running from her past and one tragic moment that has defined the rest of her life when she literally runs into (or falls into) Cole Everly. Cole is athletic, gorgeous and knows his way around women. Like Aimee Cole has a past too that he's trying to escape yet unlike Aimee he finds his escape in the arms of other women (lots of women) and he never allows himself to get too close or to fall in love. Aimee and Cole keep running into each other and despite their own fears they both become closer over the course of the book. Aimee is afraid to relive her past and to let anyone know the truth about her. She's withdrawn and feels like she doesn't have the right to experience joy or love while Cole doesn't want to ever experience love. He has never been in a real relationship but since running into Aimee he can't get her out of his mind and the more he's drawn into her the scarier it gets for both of them. Cole and Aimee are runners, it's what they do. when things go bad they run the other direction as far and as fast as they can but sometimes you can't outrun you past and sometimes, just sometimes running can be more painful than staying because some things are worth fighting for.

Both characters have their hang ups, neither one of them is perfect and both make plenty of mistakes. They are well fleshed out along with the side characters like Aimee's new best friend and Cole's roommate. This is just one of those books that grabs your heart and chews it up, spitting it out before super gluing it back together for you in the end. You can't help but feel for Aimee and Cole and when both relive their pasts and tell their stories you just want to be there to hug them. If you're like me and love stories about love and redemption, of hope when everything seems hopeless then you'll love In This Moment. I've seen this book compared to The Sea of Tranquility and the themes are similar so if you enjoyed that one then you'll love this book. Both have slow building relationships that aren't perfect and don't just happen overnight and both deal with loss and love. Heck even if this isn't your genre of choice give it a try anyway. I'm pretty sure if you're human then you'll love this book. Actually I'm pretty positive that space aliens would enjoy it too. It's just too good of a book.