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He knows the one thing that would destroy me would be to separate me from my daughter…

Catherine Clarke defied her family’s expectations when she married Gabriel, a handsome Lebanese businessman. After moving to Gabriel’s homeland and welcoming a baby daughter, Catherine knew she had to acclimate herself to the strange new world. Yet both her husband and her surroundings
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Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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Dina Thank you Karen! Sorry I'm just seeing this. This is a powerful story, and it's inspired by a friend of mine (the Ann Marie character) and the journey…moreThank you Karen! Sorry I'm just seeing this. This is a powerful story, and it's inspired by a friend of mine (the Ann Marie character) and the journey she and her mother went through. I nearly fell off my chair when I heard it for the first time.(less)
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Colleen Hoover
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last night I was at book club (this wasn't our book club book. We read something else.) Anyway, during book club I get this email from a dude named Paul (named change to protect the innocent. The real name of the person was actually Bowen, but we'll just call him Paul) who says he's a HUGE fan of the show Big Brother and they have watch parties and fantasy Big Brother leagues. And he was reaching out to me because I was one of his favorite Big Brother cast members and he wanted to know if I'd do ...more
Andrea
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! I finished it in one 5-hour sitting. Remember the Not Without My Daughter movie? This book channels it and has so much more. Incredible storytelling, fast-paced, poignant, tense and loving, all at the same time. Silver has written a suspense bestseller! Loved it!

I received an ARC for an honest review.
K.A. Tucker
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A riveting and poignant story, No Time To Blink delivers an emotional punch as it takes readers through the haunting tale of socialite Catherine Clarke and the depths to which she goes to be reunited with her daughter. Dina Silver is a gifted voice in women's fiction.
Marialyce
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
4 loving but heart breaking relationship stars

This was quite a moving story of how far a mother would go to keep her child overcoming obstacles and fighting for what she wants and who she loves.

Catherine Clark is a young girl, accustomed to living well in Greenwich Connecticut. Her life has been a good life so far, one of luxury and privileged. Her mother and father are somewhat staid not showing much in the way of emotional love for their daughters. Catherine (CC), meets a young man Gabriel, w
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Ella Star
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
They loved each other once, madly and deeply, and despite all the ugliness from their past, maybe she thought I would need him now more than ever.


This book is very much outside of the usual genre I read. I prefer romance or mystery at the forefront of my novels, and this was very much a women’s fiction book – but a very compulsively readable one at that!

I’d initially requested an ARC of this book based on the gorgeous cover, and I was worried I’d be unable to get into it once I started reading
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Lisa Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
 I read this book in 2 days! No Time To Blink is so good, so touching and sweet and it will captivate you from the begining to the end!
This is a story of two women- two mothers who are strong and wonderfully brave and their journey thru Motherhood.
Read this book, it will touch your heart as a Mother and a daughter.
5 big stars!
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
4.5 STARS!
I love Dina Silver books—I love her ability to take from real-life experiences making something completely unique and her own and doing it in such a way that her stories are completely addicting and mesmerizing.

No Time to Blink is women's fiction, not something I read often, but perfection all the same.

This book is told in dual POV's and told from the perspective of Catherine Clarke in the 70's, her marriage to a Lebanese man Gabriel, the birth of her daughter Ann Marie and ultimately
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Melissa
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book thinking it was going to be like Not Without My Daughter, which I never actually read. However, I didn't really know what to expect and I was surprised throughout. Even though setting the story in two different timelines shows that the mother and daughter eventually get reunited, how they get to that point is a harrowing struggle, and I was nervous for Catherine during that time.

I like how the story was told in two perspectives and how Catherine and Ann Marie's stories para
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Tes
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! It took time getting through the last chapter because of my crying but so worth it!
Julie
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I really wasn’t expecting to cry at the end of this book but it really was a roller coaster of emotions. You truly feel what CC went through fighting to get Ann Marie back from Gabriel. How she wasn’t going to give up.

How Ann Marie had the same fight in her as her mother but just needed to use it in a different manner.

For those of you that like family drama novels, this one is for you.

*I received this book from the publisher*
Sue
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once I started this story about a mother and her daughter, I couldn't put it down. It was a fantastic and addictive read that asked the question - how far would you go to protect your children. The story is told in dual time lines by the mother and daughter as secrets are revealed and questions are answered about their pasts.

Ann Marie is the mother of three sons and is in the midst of an ugly divorce with a cheating and vindictive husband. Her mother, Catherine comes to help her out and has deci
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Alison
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fast paced book that kept my interest.
A young girl from a wealthy family in Greenwich Connecticut, falls in love with a slightly older, and handsome Lebanese businessman, who is visiting his sister. Despite the families objections, Catherine decides she will marry him and after a short time they end up going back to his home country. Pregnant and having a hard time adjusting to her time there and having to play a very different role as a woman than she was used to, she longs for home
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Kristen Cook - A Book Ninja
Nothing quite like the first chapter in a book throwing you for a loop and making your head spin. Dina Silver has a way of sucking you in to the story by ending almost every chapter with a cliff hanger. I didn’t want to put it down

There were a few parts that were a bit far fetched but not enough to sway me from the story. I don't want to discuss here what I found a bit unbelievable because I don't want to give any spoilers. I found this to be a quick easy read that kept me engaged from the begin
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Jaime
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid 4.5 Stars.

No Time to Blink is written in dual timelines and perspectives - a mother in the early 70’s, and her grown daughter in the late 2000’s. I really enjoyed this book and getting to read two sides of connected lives and histories. A lot of the story takes place in a country and culture that I know nothing about, so it was interesting to read about. And, of course, the drama is fantastic and the story is very well written. I looked forward to reading the author’s other books, as she
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Sue
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book - based on a true incident- made me wonder if it was going to be filed in fiction and it is!
heard the author at the Christamore Guild luncheon.. she couldn't reveal the plot past the first page..and I see why... the story gets going right from the beginning...
Curious Reader
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I requested this book thinking that it is similar to Not Without My Daughter.
But this book is beautiful in its own way. It's about a mother and daughter.

Definitely recommended!!

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to the author and publisher for giving me a chance to read it.
Amy
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Late in this book, there is a moment that will overwhelm you with its emotional impact. And in this moment, Dina Silver proves how smart of a writer she is. She does not tell you what's said between two characters. She shows you. She depicts their actions, letting you see, from a distance, how these two people interact, revealing to you their feelings. It is a powerful moment, one that Silver imparts with poignant - but minimal - detail.

That's what makes this book so remarkable: Silver's ability
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Jennifer
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is captivating and beautiful
Jennifer
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book, it was truly amazing. The cover initially caught my eye but the story pulled me in and I didn't want to stop reading. I would have to say it's one of the best books I have read this year.

The story is told in the alternating points of view of Catherine and her daughter Ann Marie. Catherine married Gabriel, a Lebanese business man, and a few short months after the wedding she finds herself living in Beirut and pregnant. Shortly after giving birth to her daughter, Catherine's lif
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Lynn
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5* Emotional Stars

The story is told in two voices, Catherine the mother and Ann Marie the daughter. The chapters alternate between the past 1970’s and the present late 2000’s. These two ladies were very strong willed women who had to overcome hardships in their lives that in a way paralleled each other. The tight bond between mother and daughter was felt in every chapter.

This was a very emotional story and will tug at the heart of any mother who has children.

This well written story was fast
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Lyndsey
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
courage and love. what a beautiful story that unfolded over these pages.
Pam
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly engrossing excellent read! I could not put it down. Recommended!
Kimberly
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a much more nuanced character study than the plot line would lead you to believe. I loved the familial relationships and the way the author unfolded the story.
Victoria Anne
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first Dina Silver book ever and easily one of my favorite reads of 2018. The story had me hooked from the beginning and I ended up finishing it in a day. I loved the way Dina threaded the past and present of both mother and daughter, making an already emotional journey even more incredible.
Nic
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another beautifully written, captivating read from the talented Dina Silver. I could not put No Time To Blink down... So many emotions, so many feels. I promise this is one story that is going to hit you right in the heart!

It's been a long time since I binge read a book in less than a day but, right from the very first chapter I knew there was no way I could put this story down. Beautiful characters, a gripping story that had me on the edge of my seat with my heart in my throat through most of i
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Jess
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 ⭐ ...more
Beth Hudspeth
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
I loved it. And to think this is based on a true story. What a life. What a story.
Rebecca
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grown daughter (Ann Marie) finally learns the truth from her mother (CC) about her estranged father (Gabriel).

Inspired by a true story, No Time To Blink alternates between the past (1970's Chicago and Beirut, Lebanon) and the present as mother, CC, finally divulges decade old secrets to her grown daughter, Ann Marie. This story was very suspenseful, and I was hooked from the very first chapter when Ann Marie meets with a divorce attorney, Stewart Fishman, and he says:

"Your mother was a client o
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Christine Moore
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ninja
This book is a love story from a mother to her daughter. It shows a mother's will and determination to protect and love her daughter. CC went against her family's wishes and married Gabriel. Gabriel is from Lebanon. He takes CC to Lebanon while she is pregnant. She gives birth to their daughter Ann Marie there. We learn of her life there from her journals. Ann Marie is all grown up with 3 sons and going through a divorce. Her mother comes to visit and together they relive the past. This book was ...more
Arlene
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! Such an emotional and moving story!
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Dina Silver is an author, a wine lover, and an excellent parallel parker. She lives with her husband, son, and twenty-pound tabby cat in suburban Chicago. She’d prefer to live somewhere where it’s warm year-round, but she’s also a licensed real estate agent in Illinois, and she loathes the thought of having to take the broker exam again in another state. Dina is the author of five other novels, in ...more