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Just Breathe

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  12,070 ratings  ·  752 reviews
Unexpected change can be like a breath of fresh air-a little brisk at first, but magic for the body and soul.... 

Sarah Moon tackles life's issues with a sharp wit in her syndicated comic strip Just Breathe. With both Sarah and her cartoon heroine undergoing fertility treatments, her fiction often reflects her reality. However, she hadn't scripted her husband's infidelity. 
Hardcover, 469 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by MIRA (first published 2008)
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Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, romance
When this book begins 20-something Sarah Moon is undergoing infertility treatments and her husband, a successful contractor, is getting on with his life after recovering from testicular cancer treatment. Sarah has nursed him through it all, putting her life on hold, and is just beginning to get back into the swing of things. She misses the intimacy they once shared but understands that he is still recovering. One afternoon, after going the insemination treatment alone (yet again), she surprises ...more
Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I first heard Susan Wiggs at the 2000 RWA in Washington D.C., my very first romance Con. I was an immediate convert and I was thrilled to find this book under the tree on Christmas day - my very perceptive hubby did a little sleuthing for me and I'm loving it!

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Just finished it. Wow - how to talk about this book without spoilers? I'll just say that in the beginning, I thought I could predict what was going to happen (I'm a writer; that's part of how I read books!). I might have been right o
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just Breathe

Susan Wiggs

JUST BREATHE by Susan Wiggs hooked me right from the very first page and never let me go!
The characters just grabbed my heart and I was instantly emotionally invested in every single one of them. Sarah Moon seems to have the perfect life. She works from home, has a beautiful home, a wonderful husband and everything she thinks she wants. Her husband gets sick but before he goes for treatment, they freeze his sperm so they can continue to try getting pregnant. Sarah thinks t
★¸. • * ° *Jillie Anne * ° *•.¸☆
Reading one of Susan’s books is like a Calgon take me away moment. She has such style and grace. She has written in so many styles and formats that it’s hard to pick. This may be one of my favorite books to date. I enjoyed it greatly.

Susan pays such attention to details. She is such a tenacious location writer. You see this in all of her books.

Sarah Moon is such a likeable character she has become one of my favorite book girlfriends. She marries for security more than love and when that goes wr
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite. Nothing about this book stood out for me to separate it from any other typical romance novel out there. Found myself getting bored at times and skipping ahead to the next chpter to see if it picked up. I didn't care much for the lead, Sarah. I did, however, enjoy the story of the father and daughter in this one. I love stories where someone started out one way in high school (or wherever) but years later turned out to be this really great person.
*The Angry Reader*
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, chick-lit
Charlotte Holmes broke something in me, and I’m biding my time as it heals. Last week we went to NC for vacation. Stayed in a cabin on a river with no tv. I never cracked a book. It’s to the point that I’d rather stare at the ceiling than read. I miss Charlotte so much. I miss Sherry Thomas’s writing style even more.

So someone mentioned this book in my Facebook reading group. Looked up on goodreads it seemed completely innocuous. And that’s what it was. This is one of those books you find in a
Jane Stewart
I enjoyed her journey, the parenting issues, and the small town life.

If I were reading this as a physical book, I might rate it lower, but as an audiobook it “hit the spot.” I had just finished some intense mystery suspense books and needed something lighter. It was very good for keeping me company as I drove, cooked, etc. It’s about a woman who discovers her husband’s infidelity, leaves him, divorces him, and starts a new life.

This is not hot and heavy passion and romance. Instead a friendship
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sarah Moon is a 20 something artist. She writes a successful comic strip with her comic heroine's life and antics a mirror image of Sarah's own life. That is until the unthinkable happens and Sarah has to make a choice.

Sarah moves home to the small coastal town in California where she grew up to start over. She is devastated, depressed and having trouble accepting her new life. Then she begins to realize she has not been happy in a very long time and that the break up of her marriage is making
Aug 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Sarah Moon, was likeable and believeable. I found myself rooting for her along the story line.

The chemistry conveyed between her and Will Bonner, the male lead, is believeable as well. It literally could be felt on the pages :-) and I found myself eagerly reading to see what would happen next.

The story line features infertility, infidelity (not giving anything away), and learning how to live and love again. While not everyone has faced any or all
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Good, not great. I liked the book synopsis, but the story dragged a little.

Overall a decent story but nothing I'll read/or listen to again.

3.5 Stars
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book!
Carolyn Lessard
Aug 14, 2009 rated it liked it
I was turned off at first after the main character, comic strip artist Sarah Moon, surprises her husband Jack with dinner at his work site to find him with another woman. The next day, Jack tells her he wants a divorce. Cliche, cliche...

But reading further, I liked how Wiggs gave Moon the strength to leave_with her husband's cherished GTO no less_and not look back. (She trades it in for a Cooper mini convertible!) She considers her part in the failed marriage.

When she settles back in her hometow
Denise Loza
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I liked the book because it is easy to relate to the general themes illustrated by the main character's life. It makes some very good points:

*One thing is always true regarding life, life is constantly changing. Sometimes not always for the best. However, even though the good is not always evident immediately, in the end there is always something to be learned.
*Another thing is that we all carry some baggage and we eventually have to deal with it in order to move on and improve ourselves.
Stacie  M. Ritchie
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a complex story of a woman who must find herself after giving up everything for her marriage. Sarah Moon has done a great deal for her husband and has been going to fertility treatments for a year. When she finds her husband’s secrets, she runs home to a small California beach town. She must find out who she is and embarks on a new life. She has some stumbling blocks with the divorce and her comic strip being dropped by newspapers. She discovers a miracle in the course of the tragedy, wh ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: susan-wiggs
A better than average romance book, I would say. It didn't stay on the surface but told a story of two people that were each facing changes and challenges that were believable. Sarah returns to her hometown in Northern California after a failed marriage – and Will, who stayed in their hometown - struggles with his teenager stepdaughter. These two know each other vaguely from high school and now they will truly meet again and get to know each other better. This process of getting to know each oth ...more
May 03, 2010 rated it liked it
If there was a way to give this book 3 1/2 stars, I would. I was looking for a good, light read and this fit that perfectly. I don't mind predictability, sometimes I specifically pick up a book like this because I depend on it to be predictable with a happy ending. The only reason I would give it less than 4 stars is because I felt that the author made the ex-husband more of jerk than he needed to be and contrasted him with the almost too perfect William Bonner. I supported Sarah's decision to l ...more
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know if it has anything to do with gender or if I’m just a natural romantic, but I really, really love romance novels. ‘Just Breathe’ is a feast for suckers of romantic novels like me, all with 42 chapters and nice cartoon quips. The hero and heroine did not meet (again, after high school) until chapter 18, or almost halfway through, and that's a record for me. One can say the plot follows the pattern/formula for the romance genre, but hey, that’s why it’s a formula, it works every time! ...more
Jun 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor
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Jan 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2011, audio-book
I liked this one even though I knew where things were going from the start. I loved how once Sarah's eyes were opened to Jack she left and did what she wanted to. Her thinking as Shirl had me cracking up. I both liked and disliked the relationship with Will, I just wished that things wouldn't have dragged out so long and had all the kid drama.
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very enjoyable. The characters were realistic and believable and the plot, with a variety of twists, was well written. I liked that Sarah and Will's attraction developed over a period of months and they didn't instantly fall into bed at first sight.

Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. One of my all time favorites, and I even liked the ending, which is very rare for me!! If you like a fabulous story with believable characters, you will just love this book!!
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I'm just discovering Susan Wiggs! What a joy.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
3.5 stars for a good beach read!

I liked the setting a lot and the main character was likeable. I thought some of the scenes between her and the main love interest weren't believable, but on the other hand, every scene was with the 13 year old character! I loved those scenes the most. I feel the author captured a teenager very well; some authors who only write for adults fail so miserably when trying to write from a child's point of view. I thought Susan Wiggs nailed it! Has she written any books
Kara Hansen
3.5 stars. This was the first stand alone book by Wiggs that I’ve read, the rest being part of a series.
This was a very decent story, and something I would consider being a perfect summer/beach read! It had all the makings of a good read: fairly solid characters, a nice setting ( California), a bit of romance, a few problems and a solution!

I went into this book anticipating more romance than it delivered. The h/H don't even meet until the 40% mark, and it has more of a chick-lit vibe. The ending felt incomplete as well. I still enjoy this author's style and will attempt to find more of her romance based books.
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
2.8 stars

overall, it was a good story w/likable characters.
it just move too slowly at times & was about 50-100 pages too long.
(the H/h don't even meet until after page 200. seriously!)

Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I actually started Susan Wigg’s Just Breathe a long time ago and I recently unearth it from the underside of my bed. After the first few pages, I remembered that I had indeed started it, but wasn’t sure how far I had gotten. It’s the story of Sarah Moon, a comic strip writer, and her husband Jack, an architect, trying to have a child. Unfortunately Sarah is having a very difficult time getting pregnant, so she and Jack decide to go and get fertility treatments in hopes that it will increase her ...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I loved this book...laugh out loud funny at times and heart wrenching at others...just couldn't put it down!

There was so much depth in these characters that I enjoyed getting to know them from the first paragraph. There were many things I related to and the emotions brought out were so real that I felt involved with what happened at every page turn.

If you enjoy family situations and real life scenerios, you will relate to this one and feel empowered within your own life to be true to your own fe
Sarah Moon had married Jack and before he was diagnosed with cancer. They had some of his sperm frozen before he began treatment so that they could have their own biological children in the future if the treatment made him infertile.
They decided to try to have children and it hadn't worked the normal way so she began going through fertility treatments. She had spent the last year both working on her cartoon strip that she wrote and trying to have a child.
Her cartoon strip was called "Just Brea
Wicked Incognito Now
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
I would normally pass this sort of book up. It seems like it would be too melodramatic for my taste. The story of a woman undergoing fertility treatments only to walk in on her husband having an affair on the day of her insemination and subsequently finds out she is pregnant with twins seems contrived, absurd, and (yes) melodramatic. However, I've heard a lot about Susan Wiggs, she is a popular romance author and has been writing for quite awhile. Therefore, I decided to give this a try.

I'm glad
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