Mar 13, 2015

Pause to Rewind by Aimee Alexander


Jenny Dempsey has exchanged life in the fast lane for freelance journalism and being a mum. She doesn't look back. Why would she? A broken engagement to her fiancé, Dave. A falling-out with her parents. And a night in a hotel room best forgotten. Life is simple now. Jenny's little boy, Charlie, is starting school, beginning to build a life independent from her. She needs to get her own back.

Life, though, has other plans. When Charlie's diagnosed with leukaemia, Jenny is forced to confront her past and all that she has turned from. But she will do anything for Charlie.

A contemporary story of love, tough choices and the triumph of the human heart.


I purchased this book just before the author asked me to read it.

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 Charlie is such a cute little boy and his mother, Jenny, doesn't have any regrets about having him and raising him on her own. Charlie is sweet and chatty and even though at four he's already a big boy he loves a good cuddle. Jenny works as a freelance journalist. She used to be engaged, but after one night with someone else she ended the relationship. Mother and son have a perfect and sheltered life together, but all of that changes when Charlie starts to complain about pain in his leg and fatigue. 

When Charlie is diagnosed with leukemia their whole world changes. Jenny has to face the past and she has to confront Charlie's father. For her son she's willing to do everything, but will it be enough? Suddenly she needs all the love and friendship she can get.

Pause to Rewind is an impressive read. A child with cancer isn't a light topic and I shed quite a few tears while reading this book. Aimee Alexander has phrased it all so well and she's written a beautiful, emotional, but hopeful story. I could picture the hospital, Charlie's bravery, Jenny's despair and her reasons not to approach Charlie's father before she really had to very well. This story goes so deep and it's really, really good. I can highly recommend it to everyone who can handle an emotional read, this book is simply brilliant.

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