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The Moment

2.64  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Paddington station, nine a.m., rush hour. As the crowds ebb and flow, time suddenly stands still for two people: Fern and Elliott, ex-lovers who parted twenty-five years before and never expected to see each other again.

But here they are, face to face, and the connection is as powerful as it was the day they first met. Their lives have moved on – to marriage, children and
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 2013 by Quercus Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Nov 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, audio-book
Kill me now.

What on earth was that ending or should I say endings? After slogging it out through the book with what seemed too much perfunctory detail, causing me to skim over sections (and believe me when I say, I loathe to do this, as I usually savour every word of a book), I kept thinking, 'it's okay, it will be worth it'... but then... BAM! The endings of endings - and yes, I meant the plural form.

Seriously, who needs so much detail about the mundane parts of life, Fern's every thought and i
Sophie Jones
Feb 08, 2021 rated it did not like it
I would rather have watched paint dry.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I was actually really enjoying this this book, until the ending spoiled it for me.

Fern and Elliott are bump into each other in Paddington station twenty five years after they last saw each other. They agree to meet later and both spend the rest of the day reflecting about their own lives, the choices they made and the big 'What If?'

This seems like more of a dilemma for Fern because, she actually has a nice life but after years of being a mother, her boys have left home and she's feeling lonely
Ali Bookworm
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Started off pretty good. I liked the Fate intervention (right place, right time...or wrong place, wrong time?)
As it is set in the duration of one day I did not expect much to happen. I did start to lose interest halfway through and nearly gave up but I soldiered on as its not a "thick" read and the print is a reasonable size! I found the chapters to be repetitive and didn't see the point of going over the same ground (in my opinion a lot of padding). The anticipation for the ending grow but I ha
Hannah Polley
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, claire-dyer
I was planning to give this book 3 stars but I knocked one off for the ending as I found it very frustrating!

I don't think it helped that I read a book last week about two old flames meeting again where one was married and one had recently split up with their partner which is the exact same plot in this book.

Fern and Elliott were lovers at uni until Elliott cheated on her. After they went their separate ways, they both married other people and it is not until 20 plus years later that they run i
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Would you go back in your past and change your destiny?"

I don't have a favorite quote from this book, and I'm telling you that this is one of my least favorite book in my reading challenge 2019.

I'm never a fan of contemporary romance novels, but I decided to try one because I've been reading a lot of classic literature lately, and I thought I should just grab one for light reading. And unfortunately, I stumbled upon The Moment. I thought it was cool because of the plot summary, and boy, I was
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I liked the idea of the what if storyline, that life could have gone so much differently. The start of the story was okay but as the story progressed I found myself skimming through pages waiting for something exciting to happen. It never did. I hated Elliott. He was a complete and utter jerk who didn't care as long as he ended up sleeping with someone.

Fern has a really good husband who is 20 x better than Elliott could ever be. So why would she think of even meeting that jerk for coffee? Like
Nov 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm not getting the comparison to One Day! I really didn't enjoy this or care about 'The Moment'!!
Nov 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
Oh my gosh, what a load of tosh! Serves me right for being a sucker for a pretty cover. I hate not finishing a book, even if it's really bad, but at multiple times during reading I just wanted to stop and find something - anything - else to read. Elliott and Fern overthink everything; something I do myself, so I definitely don't need to read about it! There was nothing in this book that made me care about either of them or what happened next. The author probably didn't either, what with the THRE ...more
Oct 14, 2021 rated it liked it
The storyline of Fern and Elliot is a fairly engaging one up to the end of the story. As the drama and details of their past emerges the reader begins to understand the moments that led them to the point where their paths crossed again across a train station concourse. What undoubtedly ruined the story for me though was the alternative endings at the finish of the story. It somehow felt like a cop out for the author to have not chosen a definitive path for her characters which naturally left a d ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, upping to 4 as I can't do half stars.
I liked this but it's definitely the sort of thing I would have enjoyed more on a beach. Its not so deep but it is quite saucy.
I liked what she tried to do with this and it definitely let's you pick a time line but I'm not sure I enjoyed the ambiguity.
Definitely worth a read!
Marcia Marrast
Jul 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was a slow and tedious read,
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
a fair book ,good for women whose children are flying the nest. I found it a little bit badly written at the end,it sort of gives you three alternative endings
Melissa Whiley
Apr 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this book...
There was too much... I should of said this ‘blah, blah’ but then I didn’t ...
I wish I hadn’t wasted my time on it ..
Sarah Stanhope
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Sorry I really don’t like to be negative but it was a tedious read and the ending was awful, a huge disappointment
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
I originally reviewed The Moment on

London, 9am. One morning during the chaos of the morning rush, Fern and Elliott spot each other across the concourse at Paddington Station. They have not seen each other in 25 years, not since that day when they parted on such dire terms.

Drawn to each other, they stand separated by the chasm of their break up and the marriages, children and divorces that happened in the meantime. Fern gives Elliott her phone number and knowing that they'll both
Kirsty (Book - Love - Bug)
I honestly hate it when I don't love a book. It doesn't happen often, I'm one of those annoying people who always loves every book she reads. Only occasionally do I find a book I dislike. I didn't dislike The Moment, for the most part I enjoyed it, but I never felt totally and utterly engaged or engulfed by the characters. It was the penultimate chapter that made me think that I would be seriously disappointed by it, but the final, short chapter, saved me from hating it.

I thought the message tha
Megan Readinginthesunshine
In The Moment, we follow the lives of Fern and Elliot for one day. At Paddington Station during rush hour time stands still as exes Fern and Elliot bump into each other and come face to face for the first time in years. Their lives have both moved on, with marriage, children and divorce now factors in their lives, but the connection between them is a strong as the day they first met. Arrangements are made for them to meet at the end of the day, and as the hours count down, both Elliot and Fern r ...more
Alice Zardo
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Cannot comment on the writing style as I read the Italian translation. Borrowed this book as part of the 'Surprise Loan' at the local library, my kid walked past the table with lots of gift-wrapped books with different tags on them (thriller and romance, occasionally horror...) and chose this one for me. Not knowing what to expect, I must admit that I was hitched from the start, as the London setting is bound to awake so many memories of my time there and all the situations described were so fam ...more
Amanda - Go Book Yourself
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
An ARC was provided by the Author in return for an honest review

To enjoy this book you need to have patience. This is a slow burner. It doesn't take place over years, months or even weeks. We have mere hours to glimpse into the lives of Fern and Elliot. Two people who parted 25 years before under less than ideal circumstances. Never expecting to see each other again, their worlds are shaken by a chance meeting at Paddington station.

The next 10 hours are full of angst and remembering which transf
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is a busy morning at Paddington Station. Fern is off to meet her friend Jules and Elliott is on his way to see his father in Wales. Fern and Elliott used to be a couple 25 years ago, but haven’t seen each other since. Both are surprised to bump into each other and spend the day wandering down memory lane. They decide to meet up again at the end of the day when both will travel through Paddington again. Will this meeting change their future paths?

I didn’t love this book but I found myself stra
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I was sent this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Moment is a story that is about Fern and Elliot. They were once lovers at university, their relationship never lasted and they went their desperate ways. Both have families of their own and have long moved on. 25 years later they by chance meet each other at the train station on their way to continue their busy lives. Fern going to meet her friend for her birthday and Elliott on the way to his father's house in Wales for da
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I wanted a nice, shallow read and it's what I got when I bought this as a KIndle deal. A story about a past couple's feelings when they see each other again after their ways parted a long time ago. The writing was nice and I liked Elliott and Fern.

But two things made me so angry.

The first thing:
We get a detailed view into the minds of Elliott and Fern... a bit too detailed for my taste. I don't care about how Elliott lost its virginity, what the nipples of the girl that he cheated on Fern with l
Priya Bhakta
The Moment is about Elliott and Fern. Lovers at university who mean by chance years later at the train station. They go their separate ways and make a tentative agreement to meet that evening. Over the course of the day they both think about their lives - what they were like together, how they ended up and what they want from each other now. Fern is looking for what-might-have-been, Elliott is looking for redemption.

I sometimes find it difficult to care about people's relationships if we don't s
Vanessa Lobato
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
It's intriguing to look back on life and think about the 'what if?' moments and how things could have been different and this is precisely what happens to Fern and Elliott. They were lovers 25 years ago and meet again by chance in a busy Paddington station. They exchange numbers and arrange to tentatively meet later in the day. Elliott's day is then spent in his home town as he looks back on what he has lost; Fern, a promising career, his mother, his father to dementia, his ex-wife and now maybe ...more
Nicola Hopewell
Jan 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Karen Rowlett
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book follows the main characters, Fern and Eliott, over their busy lives for one day. Ex-lovers, they meet by chance at Paddington station in London and agree to get together again later that evening. As they go through the day, you get to find out what happened in 'the moment' all those years ago and that irrevocably changed their lives. Both are facing their own challenges - Fern's children no longer need her mothering role in the same way, and Eliott is having to cope with his own family ...more
Alra David
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
For anybody who experienced letting go of that special somebody due to inevitable and unforeseen circumstances that life can wreck and bless us with, you lot should read it!

The book somehow offers an elliptical comfort that made me feel like I was going around a circle of emotions that were once painful and sad yet at a present point, could not have been more beautiful, unconventionally beautiful.

I may have made it sound like the book is intense but it is actually light hearted and something, '
Nicky Foster
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ok well, you know when someone says "you really ought to read this book, it's great, you'll love it!" I really should just nod politely and FORGET ALL ABOUT IT!!! However my curiosity won't let me do that, I'm scared I'll miss out on something good.
To be fair I didn't hate the book, it was a good concept and was easy to read but it was lacking depth and purpose. I didn't like the last few chapters, they totally brought me out of the story and that really annoyed me and made the whole thing a wa
Nov 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
25 years after they split up, former lovers Fern and Elliott bump into each other one morning on Paddington station. And then go through an entire book's worth of existential angst, reliving key moments of their shared past, thereby forcing the reader to also relive them. Several times over.

There are so many things wrong with this book,
I'm not sure how it was ever published. Poor writing, unnecessary and self-conscious use of the 'f'-word, and a hugely disappointing ending make this one of the w
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