REVIEW ALERT ~ A FIVE-MINUTE LIFE by Emma Scott

Today we are thrilled to be sharing our 5-star review of A FIVE-MINUTE LIFE,
an all-new standalone new adult romance by
International bestselling author Emma Scott

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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, living an empty, quiet life, three hundred seconds at a time.

Jim Whelan is on autopilot.

A foster kid shuffled around the system since birth, he’s lived his entire life without knowing love…and it’s taken its toll—until he learned to fight back, carry his armor, and keep his head down.

Working as an orderly in the Blue Ridge Sanitarium, deep in Virginia countryside, Jim looked up…and found Thea.

When Thea has the chance to break free of her five-minute prison with a risky, experimental surgery, it could lead them both to an epic love they never thought possible… or one that could require the ultimate sacrifice.

A stand-alone, new adult romance.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF

A Five Minute Life is a feast for the senses and believe you me, it’s been a long while since all mine has been so alert. Scott’s prose encourages you to read fast, and you do but not without its consequences. What happens in five minutes becomes tortuous, uplifting, heartening and devastating. You gulp, go back and read passages in those pages turned hastily because just maybe you’d missed a significant detail by a hair’s breadth. You hope, too. Yes, plenty of that but the crushing knowledge learnt won’t appease even the hardest reader’s heart. Never have I read a story quite like this one. In fact, l have yet to come down from the high. The lows…oh-so-many, many tears.

Jimmy. This young man melted my heart and while writing this review and reflecting upon all of his qualities, I cried. With such a painful past that still comes back to haunt him, it would have been so easy for him to go down the wrong path, but he didn’t. He’s happy with what he’s got; nonetheless, he has his dreams…dreams he thinks are out of reach. Hmm…just maybe he’ll find encouragement to carry them out from the least expected person. Jimmy has a handicap and oh my, did Scott describe it with finesse. He has few words to share with anyone but what he doesn’t say, he makes up for in other ways. Trustworthy and hard-working, I couldn’t have rooted for this determined lad more. Everything he did was right and even if he was told otherwise, in my book he always did what was best for a lass who was trapped in her five-minute life.

“…Love. Without love, what’s the point?”

When the reader meets Thea, we get to know how high-spirited and talented she is. Out-going and out-spoken, her older sister Delia is daunted by her. One thing is for sure, they care for each other as siblings do. In fact, when disaster strikes, Delia’s protectiveness not only overwhelmed me, I also found her stance irrational. She has a sharp tongue and little patience for those around her sister. However, trying to picture what it must have been like for her was difficult although comprehensible.

“I love your sister to pieces, but a monastery isn’t serious enough for her.”

There were so many profoundly touching moments in this love story that took my breath away. Little-big clues Jimmy discovers, his courage to carry on and his calm demeanour during tough scenes. Him never giving up regardless of the setbacks. Him taking what little is given in real-time with Thea which are few and far between, are what counts. Every single minute he has with her isn’t lost. Somehow in Talia’s confusion, a bond grows, but wait until it flowers. To say I smiled would be an understatement. It is glorious. And damn it, I’m crying again!

‘He’s like a shot of booze, or a drug that feels too good to be legal.’

A third into the book and I still had that touch and go feeling. I can honestly say it felt as if I was living Thea’s fears but through it all, Jimmy was there brightening up her day with everything he had to offer. His inspiration filled my heart, her despair left me emotionally wrought.

‘Tiny tentacles of fear wormed into me as sleep came on.
It’s too good. Nothing good last.’

When a book has the calibre as does A Five-Minute Life, these words of praise seem to be insufficient. Small even. The author has knocked it out of the park! Impeccable storytelling, a plot that grips you from the first page to the last, and fabulous character development are only a couple of things that make this an epic romance. Get ready for a read like no other you’ve ever read! You won’t want to put it down, and since it’s a snotty-nosed read, you’ll definitely need a man-sized hanky or three at hand. It is plain to see that Scott has given her all and it’s paid off in spades. Bravo!

Emma Scott is a bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy thoughtful, realistic stories with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy my novels.
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