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5.0 out of 5 starsThis one is a keeper.
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2014
I am a reader. Many of you can relate to that. I have gotten pickier about what I read as I've gotten older, but I'm also careful with my money. For that reason, I peruse the "free" Kindle best sellers fairly often because I read a LOT of books. I read many freebies on my Kindle -- sometimes they are so bad that I can't finish them, but for the most part, I plod through the books that I choose. Every once in awhile I find a book that is a "winner", and this is one of them. The story revolves around a single mom with a young son who becomes seriously ill. It's written in 1st person, so the reader feels every emotion that the main character feels. I loved the story, the characters, the interactions and the ending. Do yourself a favor and get this book. I love it when a book draws me into the story and leaves me feeling great at the end. Thank you Aimee Alexander. I will be looking for more of your books.
I started reading "Pause to Rewind" hot off the heels of a murder mystery/thriller, and at first I thought this book would be too "every day" and unexciting to keep my interest. I quickly realized how wrong I was when Jenny's son's health problems first became apparent. Jenny, the main character is a journalist who now writes a weekly column from home. Fortunately for her and her 4 year old son, Charlie, she is financially able to get by on this and some rental income and is able to provide a modestly comfortable life for the two of them. The fascinating thing about this book is the way Jenny's past is gradually revealed, bit by bit. Every aspect of Jenny's life seems to interweave with others, including the role of Charlie's oncologist, Dr. Simon Grace, Jenny's parents and Jenny's former fiance, Dave. Jenny displays an almost superhuman ability to help Charlie through the various states of what can only be described as a disease with a limitless capacity for hope followed by crushing disappointments. As each new character is introduced, including her new babysitter, Debbie, her new and incredibly devoted friend, Mary, her employer, Jack, Dave's new fiancee, Fiona, and Jenny's parents, as well as peripheral characters Jenny meets in the hospital, I felt I knew each person. The book is written in the first person, and Jenny is unflinchingly honest with herself. I found myself agonizing along with her over the best choice to make for her own future and the future of Charlie. The ending is everything I was hoping for, and the last chapter, the Prologue, was so perfect I hated to see the book end. This is a very talented author, and I look forward to reading more of her work. This is a book for anyone who has children, anyone who has ever been in love or disappointed in love, anyone who is a parent and anyone who has parents. It shows that the heartbreak and disappointment of today can be washed away tomorrow, and that friends and a firm sense of purpose can bless your life in unexpected ways. All you need is to believe.
I would give this one a Perfect 10 if I had that option. I loved Jenny, Simon and even Dave. So many lives entangled around a little 4 year old who has leukemia. Set in Britain and with the English spelling of things makes no difference to me. I absolutely loved this story and learned a bit more about leukemia than I did before. Love had a way of finding a way, if the doors are open. Oh yes, I was a bit mad at Simon, and then at Dave and then just happy it all worked out. Some how I knew it would. Great love story. Highly recommend.
I knew going into this book, I'd probably cry.... especially since I'm a Mom. I didn't realize though, that I'd cry pretty much for 3/4 of the book nonstop. I'm tearing up now, just thinking about it. Does that mean you should run the other way, and not read it? NEVER!!!! This book was eye opening and I couldn't put it down. I cannot imagine watching your child suffer through leukemia or cancer, or other life altering diseases. My own kiddo is special needs, and there have been times I've cried, screamed, and wanted to run away. Being a parent is never easy, but the hardest thing is when your kiddo is suffering. I'm so glad I read this book, because I know that if Aimee Alexander is the author I'm going to learn something, and that it's going to be a topic that most authors avoid, due to the overwhelming emotion. The only tip I can give, is don't be like me, and start the book at six at night, because you won't sleep til it's done.... To all you parents who have been through a debilitating disease with your kiddo, you're my hero, and I pray for you all... I'm also going to look into being a marrow donor now. Thanks Ms. Alexander for taking on the tough subjects, you're writing is brilliant!!
When I first considered downloading this book, I debated whether or not I wanted to read about a sick child. How can that be anything but sad, and it is. I so admire the author's knowledgeable writing about leukemia and she has apparently done extensive research into the little boy's sickness. The mother's strength in her ability to provide the support and love her child needs is very touching. I have a dear friend fighting this condition and know it is devastating. I don't want any spoilers here so will just say I was glad the way this author ended the story. Recommend highly.
The author's writing style is not quite to my preference, but that is just a personal glitch. Once I got past that enough to focus on the actual story I found that I enjoyed it. Reading about sickness and death, especially when a child is involved usually brings tears. However, the author skillfully tells the story without making it hard to read.
That said, there are page numbering issues that did bother me. I am not sure how many pages this story actually is, but it is not 311 pages. MANY pages throughout the entire book have the same page numbers as one before them.
4.0 out of 5 stars5 Stars If Not For Silly Mistakes
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 22, 2014
I really liked this and if not for the silly errors peppered throughout I'd have given it 5 stars. I almost gave up quite near the start as they were becoming extremely tiresome though I'm pleased I stuck with it. The cover drew me in initially. Hope she keeps it as it's a really nice one and eyecatching too. It's a very good story-not an especially new idea but still held my interest throughout and I enjoyed it. Despite the main story there are some highly amusing remarks and little asides in it along with the more intensely sad sections. However, the mistakes DO let the side down horribly. A lot of missing words like to/with or in/of No used instead of now, mums instead of kids (!!), my and not by, quite a lot of dropped speechmarks/fullstops too. Then misused apostrophes which for most of the book were right so she knows how to use them properly and just didn't in places which is irritating. We had too used when to was meant and you're not your. All basic stuff. THEN at one point a whole paragraph appeared which I believe appeared in the wrong place altogether....because till it appeared we'd not been introduced to Elaine (as we were later on) and it really confused me and was extremely baffling !! Not quite sure what happened there. I Googled a wafer and I'm none the wiser-I assume some sort of yoga mat ? Fozzie was wrongly spelt Fossie every time it was used. Then we hear about a kid called Alan who morphed into Adam then reverts back to Alan. That's just a bit sloppy to me. All this said I'd certainly read another by her and hope her editor pays better attention next time !
5.0 out of 5 starsPoignant, informative and inspiring.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2014
Aimee Alexander's book 'Pause to Rewind' is gripping from beginning to end. I read the whole 290 pages in two days.
I'd like to tell you what the book is about because it was so well researched by the author that it could be very helpful to parents dealing with this problem. However, as other reviewers haven't done so I'm reluctant to synopsise the story.
Let me just say that Jenny Dempsey, a single Mum, estranged from her mother, accidentally meets Dr. Simon Grace, who knows a secret that neither of them would care to remember. Jenny is strong, determined and a wonderful mother. Charlie, her five year old son is adorable.
Aimee Alexander's writing style is fast, energetic, unreserved and she knows how to lure readers into her stories. The book is engaging on many levels. It has humour, sadness, romance, some spirituality, resentment, conflict and redemption.
If you like a good story you won't be disappointed.
Jenny is a single mum, she has a broken engagement with her fiancé Dave, has fallen out with her parents and had a night in a hotel room which she is trying to forget. Her son is diagnosed with leukaemia and Jenny is forced to confront her past because she will do anything for Charlie. A book that drew me in from the very first page. There were a few mistakes in the writing but they didn’t stop me from enjoying the book.
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of my favourite books of the year!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2014
Once I started this book, I knew I wouldn't stop until I finished it. It's been a while since I read a book so quickly but Aimee Alexander drew me in straight away and held me there until the end. The book is beautifully written, with wonderfully drawn characters and realistic dialogue that flows wonderfully. The author deals with some very big issues and does so with compassion, honesty and attention to detail. A mother's love is central to the story and I don't mind saying there were tears! But there's also humour mixed with the sadness which in my opinion, makes the book such an accomplished and enjoyable read. One of my favourite books of the year.
4.0 out of 5 starsA very good storyline, well written.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 29, 2019
As a nurse who has cared for children with leukaemia I was very impressed by the way the author conveyed the emotions felt by the lead character, and covered the practical issues associated with long-term hospitalisation. I thought the characters were believable although the ending was a little predictable. I look forward to reading more by this author