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In This Moment

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,572 ratings  ·  245 reviews
Meg Pepper has a fulfilling career and a happy family. Most days she's able to keep it all together and glide through life. But then, in one unalterable moment, everything changes.

After school pickup one day, she stops her car to wave a teenage boy across the street…just as another car comes hurtling down the road and slams into him. 

Meg can't help but blame herself for he
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Park Row Books (first published May 30th 2017)
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Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this reader’s humble opinion, In This Moment is Karma Brown’s strongest work to date. With each of her books, my appreciation for her writing has grown incrementally. What keeps me coming back is the fact that she doesn’t shy away from the tough topics, from the very things you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Instead, her stories delve deep and pack one heck of an emotional punch. Meaning, this story will make you feel, so be prepared.

In this instance, the author overwhelms the reader with
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by KARMA BROWN and it definitely will not be my last.

IN THIS MOMENT by KARMA BROWN is a cautionary tale that explores one woman’s overwhelming guilt, grief, love, balancing responsibilities and the consequences of split-second decisions that can ultimately affect you and your family.

Special mention to The Cookbook Club that was included in this storyline as I am a cookbook collector and really love the idea of a club that gets together and prepares meals from a unique and d
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
In This Moment is my second novel by Karma Brown. I enjoyed this one more then The Choices We Make. Nice little break from my thriller novels that I read :).

In this Moment is an emotional read that explores a women's overwhelming sense of guilt due to a split-second decision that has changed her life and her family in multiple ways. I think we all have made a decision at one point or another in our life that makes your world turn upside down in a matter of seconds. Thinking to yourself "what if
With one wave of a hand, everything changes.

Meg is picking up her daughter Audrey from school, just like any other weekday afternoon. She sees her daughter’s friend Jack waiting to cross the road, so she stops and signals to him that it's okay to cross. As the teen makes his way to the next curb, he is struck by an inattentive driver in the next lane. Meg knows that the teen would be okay if she hadn’t allowed him to cross in front of her. Consumed by guilt, she dedicates herself to helping Jack
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 stars! I just love Karma Brown’s writing – she is one of my favourite authors!

This was another emotional, heart breaking story that sucked me right in. Brown knows how to pull at my heart strings – she does it every single time! The nightmare scenario that the main character, Meg Pepper, endures is something that could easily happen to any one of us who drives through a school zone at any point in during our busy lives. A very relatable topic, especially for parents of children who currently a
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is my first by Karma Brown and it most definitely will not be my last. It is a tale of guilt and grief. The question of "what if?" being a common theme.

You know that feeling of guilt after you make a decision that clearly turns out wrong? You know the resistance to let that guilt overcome you and begin to affect your choices? Meg has trouble resisting after a tragedy deeply affects her. She waves a teen boy across the street only for him to get hit by an SUV. It's not entirely her fault, b
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 This book is about a woman named Meg, who, after picking her daughter up from school, stops to wave a teenage boy, Jack, across the street. As he crosses the street, he is hit by a car coming from the opposite direction driven by a woman who is texting while driving.

This story is about the aftermath and fallout of this horrible accident. Meg is filled with guilt about putting Jack in the path of the car that hits him. While she deals with her guilt, she is also trying to balance her c
Judy D Collins
Bestselling author Karma Brown returns following The Choices We Make (2016) with an with an equally moving, emotional and riveting follow-up.

IN THIS MOMENT a woman struggles with complexities of tragedy, guilt, and secrets as her life unravel along with those around her.

Meg Pepper is a wife and mom with a real estate career. Married to Ryan, a physician. Daughter Aubrey age fifteen (boyfriend Sam Beckett).

Meg and Aubrey are running late for a dentist appointment and Meg is picking up her
Lisa Steinke
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED! Karma Brown is a beautiful writer with a true talent for creating characters her reader will care about. This story is intense, emotional and, at times, even twists your stomach into knots. It reminds you that one event can change everything. That one moment can tip your world on its axis. That one decision can cause you to second guess yourself for decades. The words, 'what if' can haunt you and follow you around until your guilt either overtakes you or you overtake it. I f ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadianauthor
I enjoyed Karma Brown's, "In this moment." It was a good story. Meg and her teenaged daughter, Audrey witness a horrible tragedy. They both feel guilt over it especially Meg. This tragedy brings out unresolved feelings about another terrible event in Meg's life when she was a teenager. The story focuses on Meg's guilt and her trying to cope with the awful event. As the story unravels Meg's quiet, safe life begins to spiral. The writing is good and easy to follow. I just didn't like the way the f ...more
Mary Kubica
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another beautiful, heartfelt read from the very talented Karma Brown.
Sherri Thacker
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I needed a break from the last few thrillers I’ve read and this did the trick. I loved this book and I love EVERYTHING I have ever read by Karma Brown. I love her writing style and she is so easy to read. I can’t wait till her next book comes out!
Laura Rash
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karma Brown has a way of taking a deep heartfelt subject such as guilt and the ramifications it has on someone and turns it into an entertaining, gripping story.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A novel about guilt, shame and redemption. How two moments in your life can change the course of your life.
Christine Moore
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love and adore Karma Brown's books and this one didn't disappoint! Meg is a full time realtor, wife, and mother of a 15 year old daughter. One day while picking her daughter up from school, there is a terrible accident because Meg waved Jack across the street but the driver on the other side was texting and didn't see him. Meg is consumed with guilt and what ifs. It is a story of how your life can change in one instant. In This Moment is a wonderful story of guilt, loss, and love. ...more
Susan Peterson
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every day is filled with moments where we make a choice; most of the time those choices are innocuous, but sometimes those choices are life-changing, with consequences and outcomes that change our lives forever. On one such day, Meg Pepper makes a split-second decision that not only impacts her life, but ultimately affects her whole family, and devastates another family as well. Meg is filled with guilt and remorse, and is brought back to another moment in her life that left her reeling. In This ...more
Amy Reichert
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karma has a gift for exploring the drama in horrible "what if" situations, IN THIS MOMENT is no exception! I couldn't put it down! It's a fantastic story with complicated characters, beautiful writing, an original story, and a satisfying ending. Many readers will be able to relate to Meg and how overwhelmed and guilty she feels about everything. I love that the ending is realistic and hopeful. ...more
Colleen Oakley
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
IN THIS MOMENT is a gripping examination of how one seemingly innocuous split-second decision can change your entire life. In her latest, Karma Brown proves once again that she is a masterful observer of the emotional nuance of relationships— both familial and romantic. A must-read.
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is my second Karma Brown book and this brought the emotions just like her last and just like I expected.

After Meg driving home with her daughter from school pickup waves a teenage boy across the street and then witnesses him get hit by an oncoming car. Meg starts to feel guilt about her part in the accident as well as having some old memories of a past accident she has guilt over. This starts a kind of chain reaction of unraveling of Meg's life. Can she get over the guilt and get he
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Karma Brown captured my reader's heart with her debut, Come Away with Me. Her sophomore novel, The Choices We Make, was also a compelling story. So naturally, I couldn't wait to read her latest. The subject matter was so interesting and something that I don't always read about.

Like with Come Away, there was an accident early on in the story. Unlike Come Away, the victim was not the main character. However, she is impacted by this tragic situation in other ways.

Meg reminds me of myself in many
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Karma Brown for providing me a copy of this book for an honest review. I have read her two previous books and really enjoyed them. I loved this book too. All of her books are very different from each other and they all have have well developed characters. The writing style is wonderful. The main character in this book is Meg. Meg suffers from guilt from a tragedy that occurred when she was a teenager. It is all brought to the surface when she feels guilty for waving a teena ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Goodreads and Park Row Books for providing me with a proof of In This Moment by Karma Brown in exchange for an honest review. The book was an easy read even though the story is quite complex. Meg Pepper has her busy life under control: her real estate job, her physician husband, her teenage daughter, her best friend all make her life happy and productive. While driving her daughter from school one day, Meg stops the car to wave a teenager named Jack across the street, not knowing th ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
How often have all of us made a split second decision that has had a regretful outcome? If only we hadn’t gone there. If only I stayed home for an extra few minutes. If only I hadn’t said that or done that. For Meg, that split second decision to wave Jack across the road will be her if only for the rest of her life as for Jack, that crossing of the road had a devastating outcome.
Human emotions are so complex. We hold onto guilt and regret and in many cases we never forgive ourselves for what we
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stuff of nightmares . . . a harried mom, driving her teenaged daughter home from school. She sees another teen waiting to cross the street; she stops and waves him across - into the path of an SUV she didn't notice, whose driver is texting and doesn't see him.

Overwhelming guilt consumes Meg, threatening to destroy her family. She does all she can to help the family of Jack, the boy who is severly injured, but does she go too far?

Truly a cautionary tale and good for a book club discussion.

Cindy Roesel
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
BookSparks’ Summer Reading Challenge continues with Karma Brown’s, freshly published, IN THIS MOMENT (ParkRowBooks/HarperCollins/Harlequin). Once again, it’s time to get out your Kleenex and don’t expect to leave your chair or couch once you start reading. It’d suggest making up a nice little table with drinks, perhaps some cheese and crackers, treats and you’ll be ready to settle in.
Meg Pepper has a busy career, married to radiologist, Ryan, 15 year-old daughter, Audrey, she’s stressed, but kee
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
3.5 stars

Brown's latest is a fascinating look at what guilt can do to a person and how it can shape their entire life. Meg is a character easy to identify with, and it's understandable that, as a mother, she takes responsibility for something that really isn't her fault. It's also tragic, yet totally believable, that some other women also hold her responsible. Brown's writing style is emotional and thought-provoking, and the way she unfolds a story is dramatic, yet tender. She pushes readers to
Review to come closer to pub time.

Quick Thoughts:

Karma's previous 2 books- Come Away With Me and The Choices We Make had me reaching for Kleenex. In This Moment, though, my eyes stayed dry.

In her earlier books, the story was building up to a shocking and emotional event, but ITM, the event happens early. It's how the characters deal with the event that is the bulk of the book.

Distracted driving, underage drinking, and facing the cracks in a marriage are themes of this book and Karma balances mul
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received this corrected proof as a Goodreads Giveaway. It is a very emotional and compelling story. Like watching a bad event unfold, I couldn't stop reading to discover how the choices being made by Meg Pepper and others were going to crash and burn into unintended consequences. Old feelings of guilt from a tragic event in her past return as she again feels responsible for her involvement in a recent accident involving a young boy. Meg's grief and guilt from decisions during this prior event ...more
Kate Olson
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this in one sitting on a flight - that's how much I loved it! This book fully met my expectations based on the author's previous work. Tension and emotion fill every page, and I'm left with a strange sensation that I can relate just a little too closely with Meg's feelings of being constantly inundated with reminders and tasks and not able to keep up.....her feelings of guilt and responsibility and the haunting of her past make readers want to just give her a big hug and help her figure out ...more
Nada Loughead
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two life-changing events in one woman's life shapes her view of the world and relationships. An emotional look at guilt, self preservation and trying to keep it all together - although a tad self-indulgent sometimes. This is an uncorrected proof copy won on Goodreads so a few spelling/grammatical errors to overlook. ...more
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KARMA BROWN is an award-winning journalist and author of the bestsellers Come Away With Me and The Choices We Make. In addition to her novels, Karma's writing has appeared in publications such as Redbook, SELF, and Chatelaine. Karma lives just outside Toronto with her husband, daughter, and their labradoodle, Fred. In This Moment is her most recent novel. ...more

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