Title: Once More With Feeling
Author: Megan Crane
Publication date: December 6, 2012
Length: 357 pages
Genre: Women’s fiction
Age group: Adult
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Sarah’s suffered the very worst of betrayals. But now with a new year around the corner, what better time to re-evaluate her life?
As she reconsiders every choice she’s made, she starts to wonder if her life was so perfect after all, and if this might be the moment that her world changes forever…
I absolutely loved this book and I’m fairly sure I would have devoured it in one sitting if I had more free time to actually sit down and read. I had no idea what to expect from this story because the synopsis doesn’t really give away too much. I glanced at the cover (which is gorgeous, by the way) and I thought it would be a nice, atmospheric Christmas read. Something light you can curl up with under a warm blanket, a mug of hot chocolate in hand. And it just shows why we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Once More With Feeling is a great Christmas read but at the same time, it’s so much more than that.
If you’re looking for a light, feel-goody Christmas novel that that you can curl up with on Christmas Eve, sipping hot chocolate or mulled wine next to a blazing fire Once More With Feeling might not be your number one choice. It’s a great book for those cold and dark winter afternoons but it’s definitely not a sappy, feel-goody Christmas story. At all. It’s dramatic, sometimes heartbreaking but at the same time very hopeful and optimistic. It will make you feel angry, nostalgic, and quite emotional too. It’s the kind of book where, once you get to the end, you feel as if you’ve been holding your breath all along. And only when it reaches a conclusion, when Sarah figures out what do to with her life are you able to breath normally again.
Sarah is a wonderful character and I loved her from the very beginning. I loved the way she tells her story, the way she lets you take a glimpse into her life, her past and her dreams as a twenty-something girl trying to find her way in the world. And maybe one of the things I loved the most is that she’s so real. You know it’s all fiction but the fact that she’s so real, so much like any of us, makes the book even better, even more easy for us to relate to her and the story she tells.
Reading Once More With Feeling was an emotional roller-coaster ride for me but I enjoyed every minute of it. A great narrative, realistic characters and the beautiful, witty writing are what make this book as fantastic it is. I cried my eyes out over the closing chapter but I couldn’t imagine a better ending to the story. (I’m going to be really mysterious here and say to those of you who’ve already read it: wouldn’t it be nice if there was a sequel? I would really like to read about how Sarah’s ‘adventure’ goes and what places she ends up in!) It was the first book I’ve read by Megan Crane but it definitely won’t be the last.
“It could be worse.
I made the words my mantra. A daily chant, an affirmation – and the best part was that it was true. It could, in fact, always be worse. Pestilence. Famine. Disease. Death. Any of those were much worse, obviously, than my own puny little grief.
There were so many people who got divorced. Many of them had no idea that their marriages were even in trouble until it was all over, just like me. I wasn’t the only one, the only fool. I couldn’t be.”