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A Five-Minute Life

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  5,511 ratings  ·  1,088 reviews
Remember us...when I can't.

Thea Hughes has five minutes to live.

A car accident stole her parents and left her with the second-worst documented case of amnesia in the world. She now has only minutes of experiences, of consciousness, of life…before her memory is wiped clean. The once effervescent artist with a promising future is reduced to scribbling with pens and paper, li
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 335 pages
Published May 14th 2019
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Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
"Thea’s eyes widened and so did her smile, and the radiance inside her burst through the cracks of her broken mind, and I saw her.
This girl whom, if we had longer than five minutes, I’d make mine."




I think it's going to be one of my life missions to get as many people as I can to read at least one Emma Scott book.


♪ She takes me away to that special place... ♪
Whenever I start an Emma Scott novel, I always seem to get the butterflies all laced with nostalgic excitemen
Emma Scott
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
It's LIVE now and FREE on KU

Official blurb now posted and the cover is here! <3
Release date, May 16, 2019

Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 ”You gave my life back to me.” Stars!!

I always feel like a kid in a candy store when reading an Emma Scott novel. I just know I am in for a delectable, romantic treat!!

Honest to Pete, all her storylines speak to me!! E.V.E.R.Y. S.I.N.G.L.E. O.N.E.

I highly recommend going in totally blind (don’t even read the blurb), snuggle down into your comfiest chair, and prepare to bask in the lives of Jim and Thea with each turn of the page.

I can guarantee their love story will be unlike anything you ha
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
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A FIVE-MINUTE LIFE: Is a full length, stand alone, romance novel by Emma Scott. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’

God how do you write up a review for perfection!?! You can't!! You just do what I did and shove it on your favourite shelf of 2019!! This book was beyond amazing!!

I don't know how Emma Scott does it but she just goes from strength to strength, leaving us the readers spell bound in her wake.

A five minute life took me by complete surprise, within a few pages and
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have NO WORDS!!!
Fascinating,Reverberating, mystifying, soulful and generous. This book gives you the world before crashing it down. Intense & moving, you'll sneak a glimpse of what eternal, everlasting love feels like.
I'm moved and shook and my eyes are like waterfalls in rainy season


What a unique story, it's now tattooed on my soul with indelible ink. I will NEVER be able to walk away from it. It crashed like a meteor on my heart and left behind a huge crater.
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE ++++++++ STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

We kissed to seal the pact, but it wasn’t enough. A feeling I didn’t have a word for made my chest expand. I couldn’t describe it except that when I looked in Thea’s eyes, or held her, or kissed her, or listened to her talk, it grew bigger. Sunk in deeper. Embedded itself into the marrow of my bones, and yet I was fucking petrified it would crumble and vanish.

”A FIVE MINUTE LIFE” is Emma Scott’s latest EPIC romance! This story is an
May 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: why

So, to recap:

Thea suffered a traumatic brain injury
Her reality is then limited to five-minute intervals
Necessitating a stay at a sanitarium
Where she meets Jim who recently started working there
Thea gets a chance to lead a normal life after an experimental treatment
She and Jim run off to NYC to “live life to its fullest”
They fall in love

But, no

Tragedy strikes again
Back to the sanitarium
Jim vows to stay with her forever
18 months and change later
She’s back on different meds
The lo
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five unforgettable sweet child and sweet love of mine stars!!!

Instead of writing a review, firstly I wanted to write reading instructions because it’s not for everyone :

1) if you can handle edgy, angsty, heart punching-breaking-hammering books, you chose the right one!

2) If you’re ready for new heart transplant and having a great surgeon, it is still a great book. Because when your heart crumbled into little pieces as you were reading Thea and Jimmy’s story, you’re gonna need a brand new one!

Hulya Kara Yuksel
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's LIVE early! 🤗🤗🤗 And I highly recommend this book to you. ❤

“Remember for me.” Tears spilled down her cheeks and over my fingers, and then she pulled me to her, her voice tremulous.
“Remember us… when I can’t.”

OMG I can't stop my tears... 😭😭😭

One of the best books of 2019!!! 😍😍😍
Ms. Scott, I love you so much. Thank you for this wonderful story. ❤❤❤

*ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review. ❤❤❤
Expected publication: May 16th 2019


Remember us...when I can't..

May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m so filled with love after finishing A Five Minute Life. This story grabbed hold of me from page one and didn’t let go until the final page. Wow. Absolutely breathtaking and so beautiful in its storytelling, writing and portrayal of characters.
Jim and Thea are two extraordinary people who I’ve come to care deeply for while reading AFML. They display values I treasure in people. Their humanity, empathy and respect of and for others are what carries them through this story and life. Jim and The
Wil Loves Books!
This book, no words, freaking masterpiece ❤️

“He went into my world in order to bring me out. Maybe it’s time for me to return the favor.”

When I finished this one and said I had no words, I truly meant it. This was so beautiful; I was so overwhelmed and full of emotions when I was done. I’ve always said that Emma Scott is at a whole different level than most when it comes to her writing. And when you think she’s given you her best book to date, she comes out with a new book and simply BLOWS Y
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
Lately I've been in a string of amazing books, Absolutely falling in love time in time again. May has brought a slew of new releases, and wow have I scored!!!! I don't think I have ever had so many 5 star reads. Here's the thing, these authors, they are simply amazing, their writing is on queue, the characters, magical.

I have always adored Emma's writing. She brings me to tears with her writing, the flawless nature of the characters, but this story, WOW, I am still reeling, days later. To put
Dilek VT
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Something between 3 and 3,5 stars

I don’t know if I will make any sense in this review because I know that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I expected or as much as many readers did but I really am not sure as to why. So, while writing this review, I will try to analyze both the book and my feelings so that I can be as helpful as possible.

I do not intend any disrespect for the writer as there are so many worthless books around and this is still a decent work of fiction worth reading even thoug
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts

My stand out read of the year so far! This story is everything I wanted it to be and so much MORE.
Beyond beautiful.
And emotional. (Have a whole box of tissues ready!)

It's the ROMANCE NOVEL ALL romance readers need because it is the absolute best on all levels: writing, emotion, romance, passion, love, angst, story, plot, characters. There’s light and shade in
Robin Hill
“Dear God.”

Those were the first words I choked out when I came to The End. As in, Dear God, everything hurts. Dear God, readers are going to go bonkers for this. Dear God, she did it again. AGAIN. Every time Emma Scott releases a new book, I think, there’s no way she’ll come close to topping that last one, and yet, she always does. After fifteen books, you’d think I’d learn my lesson. And despite having written fifteen books, she manages to keep the storylines fresh and unique. Falling in love
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
❤️5 stars ❤️

Such a beautiful story, my heart is so full right now.I knew this one will be another win but I didn't expect to love it so much!It was unique,emotional,powerful and sweet.


It was an emotional roller coaster, Thea is a unique and lovely heroine, my heart was aching for her.I felt sorry for her and I wanted to hug her. Jim was also so sweet I wanted to hug him too!I adored them.


I can say this is an unforgettable story get prepared you are going to fall in love with Thea and Jimmy.

May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
4.5 stars

"Remember for me.” Tears spilled down her cheeks and over my fingers, and then she pulled me to her, her voice tremulous.
“Remember us... when I can’t.”

Every book I read by Emma Scott leaves me the same exact three feelings...

This book was no exception.

We were all whackos and head cases to a certain degree. Some were just better at hiding it. For some of us, hiding it was our life’s mission.

Thea is a young talented artist who got into an accident that left her
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read, romance
Back in college I took an intro to psychology class and I recall specifically learning about a man, Clive Wearing, who had an extreme case of anterograde amnesia - the inability to put anything new into memory. Other than the amnesia, Wearing was still of sound mind, so he constantly tried to understand what he was experiencing by writing down in a notebook the current time and a statement that he "just woke up" because that's how it felt to him - he couldn't remember how he got to be in whateve ...more
T.M. Frazier
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found out about this book from one of Alessandre Torre's FB posts.
I've never read an Emma Scott book before this one.
I finished the entire thing in a matter of a few hours.
It's one of the best books I've ever read.
All the motherf*cking feels.
The characters are well developed. Interesting. Unique. Quirky. Funny. And most importantly, HUMAN.
I was angry, sad, outraged, and swooning every few pages.
The plot was done so well I couldn't wait to turn the next page.
Do yourself a favor and read
Holy heck! How do I even begin to review this amazing, brilliant, beautiful book? Even if I were a writer I could never find the perfect words to describe this story. And to do so without spoiling it is a near impossibility.


Two years ago, Thea was in a tragic accident that has left her with the second worst case of amnesia ever recorded. Her life is now lived in five minute increments. Everything between those windows of time wiped out, completely erased until she resets and it starts over and
Radd Reader
5++++ ⭐️'s
“How long has it been?”
"My name is Thea Hughes.
There’s been an accident.
The doctors are working on my case.”

Emma Scott is one of my favorite authors!! So of course when I saw she had a new book, I definitely had to jump in with both feet as I knew it would be an exceptional story that would bring all the feels. I was not disappointed......this book has it all and it's an addictive page turner that I absolutely loved.

Jimmy (24): bounced around foster homes in his youth a
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
4,5 stars.


“Alone-ness is an abyss. It’s being alone even when you’re surrounded by people. It’s vast and empty and silent.”


Here we go, trying to write a review for Emma’s book when I have so much to say that ideas are fighting in my brain. It happens every time I read one of her books. Trying to give something organized yet conveying all the emotions that story made me feel.

I think this conversation that I had with a blogger friend, Talia @redhotink gives the best idea.

We were
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰




Two years ago Thea lost everything in a car accident.

She was 21 years old. She had the perfect life. The perfect family. She was one year away from finishing art school and living her dream life in New York City.

Now that is all gone. Plus so much more. But she doesn't know it.

She can't remember.

Every five minutes her brain resets itself and it feels as if she just wakes up for the first time after the accident.

Her sister put her in a facility that's specialized in caring for permanently brain da
I believe reading a book by Emma Scott is very similar to looking at a vividly painted picture. Instead of using a paintbrush and paints, Ms. Scott creates pictures and stories with her words and they are simply breathtaking. A Five-Minute Life is definitely one such book. Jim and Thea's is such an unlikely love story and the odds are definitely not in their favor. There are so many people and situations working against them. Jim and Thea are strong characters though. Jim (aka Jimmy) is kind and ...more
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***5 "Don't give up on me!!!" stars***

"Keep me safe..."

"Keep me wild..."

This book was soooo BEAUTIFUL and HEARTWRECKING at the same time!!!
This was my ninth book by Emma Scott and i have nothing wrong to say about the heartbreaking, but beautiful stories that Mrs. Scott is coming up with!!!!
This story started with so much pain and desperation.... It was chocking me inside and it was sooo hard to breath... The second part was full of hope... and the last part had a u-turn that left me breath
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
5 ”Brilliant” Stars

Where do I start? How do I review A Best of 2019......
1. This was a story that was extremely unique and filled with eloquence and breathtaking moments. My heart was taken on an incredible roller coaster ride. There were moments that left you breathless and heartbroken as well as moments that left you high as an eagle, soaring brilliantly through the clouds.
2. This was a book that made you think about life, about the here and now and what would you do if it wasn’t there anymor
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, ummmmm.... could someone please kindly explain to me why this is the first time I’ve read a book by Emma Scott, because I’m not understanding it! Her writing is absolutely breathtaking and I found myself being swept away by this whole story, never wanting it to end. It is very rare that I find a book that consumes me so much I’m thinking about it during my daily life stuff, and oftentimes, I’ve forgotten about storylines and characters within a day or so of finishing a story. A FIVE-MINUTE L ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Dual

Thea Hughes always believed in living in the moment. As an artist, she had drives and ambitions, and plans for her future. But an accident ripped everything apart and left her trapped in a never-ending loop. That was until Jim Whelan saw something in her that cannot be ignored. He was determined to set her free, but freedom could be as fleeting as time.

Thea faced a tremendous challenge that she had to navigate in literal
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Emma Scott Fans, Romance
Recommended to Wendy'sThoughts by: Christy
5 Seeing What No One Sees Stars
* * * * * Spoiler Free
So I got lucky when was home sick! Yes, recovering from a horrible bout of ick given to me by people who come to work sick...I know we all have been there. Anyway, the silver lining to this experience was my being on GR when a flood of reviews came across my feed last night. I have amazing friends who have incredible taste and when one right after the other are expressing their love for a book I never had heard of...I will check it out. After
Joanne Ragona
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
”The stronger the love, the more helpless the person feels in the wake of its loss”

My emotions took an unbelievable journey while reading A Five Minute Life by Emma Scott. Once again this author has crafted a story so beautiful, so unique—that I was left feeling drained in the best way possible.

I’ve never felt so much compassion for a character than I did for Jim, whose past was heartbreaking. Empty of family, of security, of warmth and of love...this man still grew up to be kind and caring, a
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Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author whose books have been translated in five languages and featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After. Her first MM romance, Someday, Someday won the Utopia Con Award for LGBTQ Book of the Year. Emma writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, an ...more

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