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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
In the Moment: The Friessens, Book 8 is a new adult coming of age/romance novel written by Lorhainne Eckhart. Becky wanted something to happen to change the dull and dreary outlook she had on life. Her parents were awesome, even if they were a bit overbearing at times, and she loved her older brother, Trevor, and little brother, Jack. Everyone seemed to have their lives working as they wanted -- everyone but her. She was currently repeating her senior year in high school, owing to a disastrous attempt at taking robotics the year before, and was actually appreciating the extra time to get some idea of what she wanted to do with her life.
When she got back from school to the family ranch, Becky figured her mom would be there, but instead, she heard her dad talking on the phone. When he said that he wanted to have a talk with her, she began to get nervous. What had she done? Where was this going? When she realized it was one of those talks about her future plans, she knew that she should have had a suitable set of plans figured out just for this kind of talk. The two of them were preparing a salad for dinner as they chatted, with Becky cutting up the lettuce, tomatoes and other salad ingredients. Suddenly, she cut into something hard and felt a stabbing pain. She had sliced her finger nearly to the bone. She had woken up on the floor of the kitchen, and her dad had carried her to the car, got her to the hospital and insisted on a room with a bed for her to wait in with her family anxiously arrayed around her.
When the doctor came in, everything changed. While he was busy unwrapping the towel covering her finger, she was marvelling at how blue his eyes were. Dr. Tom Campbell was nine years older than nineteen-year-old Becky, and decades more experienced at life and romance than she was, and the proposition he would make when he saw her again at the market -- where she worked part-time --
was nothing she’d ever remotely consider under any circumstances, but something about the man gave her that feeling of being alive that she had been missing for so long, that excitement she had been craving.
In the Moment: The Friessens is the eighth book in Lorhainne Eckhart’s family saga series, but don’t let that stop you from reading this book as a standalone, or better yet, as an introduction to the Friessen family. I soon found myself engaged in Becky’s academic dilemma and wondering how she would fare having a relationship with the gorgeous, if troubled young ER doctor. Eckhart does a fine job of building her characters so well that you get the feeling you can predict how they will react to situations, but, like real people, her characters have plenty of surprises up their sleeves, which should delight even the most jaded reader. In the Moment is an inspired new adult coming of age novel that does have some steamy moments; however, they are beautifully and respectfully written. In the Moment is most highly recommended.