My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“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 excitement because I’m starting something I already know I’m going to love! But, I also get impending feeling of loss because I know that soon enough, it’s going to end and all I’m going to do is keep thinking about how wonderful it was.
I seriously envy those of you who have the ability to read this for the first time and feel all the wondrous things only ES can make you feel.
A Five-Minute Life had so much good in it, I feel like I’m on top of the world. There was so much to be learnt in this book, which reached more than just a love story, more than just a romance about two people growing and falling and breaking and fixing. Every single one of Emma’s books touches on concepts that are real and valid in the world today.
“Your thoughts aren’t inconsequential.”
The crux of this story was based in Blue Ridge Sanitarium, where we meet Thea Hughes. A resident of BR, she suffers from the second worst documented case of amnesia where she constantly “resets” every five minutes. When Jim and Thea meet, sparks flew off the page. As Jim started falling for her, I started falling for them. It reminded me of all the romance movies you sit and watch eating a tub of ice cream in a shirt soaked in tears. It was so beautiful ❤
I’d never seen anything so beautiful in my life. She swayed like willow tree, slender and delicate, while I was the oak rooted in front of her. Between her and the world, protecting her as best as I could.
My heart is so full even writing this review and if ever you are double guessing about picking up this book or any other by ES, please do it. Not for anyone except yourself. Trust me when I say that these words are worth so much more than a shot.
♪ And if I’d stare too long… ♪
There are lines in this book that made me ache. That’s how breath-taking Emma’s writing can be… so good that it makes you sore.
This book touched so much on “broken people” and how people can break through different ways and in different manners, but that doesn’t negate or undermine the pain. I loved so many characters in this book. From Rita and Alonzo to Jim and Thea, the characters in this book were so emotionally captivating and I wanted to hug the little family that I came to love.
“Can you imagine? Loving someone so much that the thought of life without them is too unbearable?”
With all the brilliance that this book has, and trust me it’s mesmerizing. Personally, it did have certain flaws that I wish I could look the other way to and give this a 5 star rating. But, that wouldn’t be like me at all 😉 The only trouble I really had was that the chemistry between Thea and Jim often short-circuited at times. I felt like their love was raw and real, but some of what took place was often predictable.
This book is split into three “parts” and although I loved all three parts, the first section of the book will always be my favourite. Just because we get to see the pain within the beauty and how suffering can make you bloom. I truly treasured this story and I still stand true to my stance that I will read whatever Emma puts out in the future without thinking twice. I’m not scared to say that I hope her novels will be looked at as classics in the Romance genre for generations to come.
“You don’t have enough to keep loving me. Only five minutes.” “That’s all I need. That’s all I ever needed.”