elora reads :: in this moment

Remember way back in December when I announced Elora Reads? Well. Apparently the spring was a little more than overwhelming (and a lot of the books were underwhelming) and I just kind of forgot to write.

But. We're back with In This Moment and I CANNOT wait to tell you about this story by Autumn Doughton. 

“All we get are moments, Cole. One at a time, like heartbeats. Once all of them is gone, that’s it. No do-overs. No repeats. Every moment possesses its down kind of magic and what we do with it counts. It counts.” - 

So, I do this thing pretty regularly where I peruse the Top 100 of Amazon Kindle books. Most often all I find are almost-kissing covers or bare stomachs with splayed hands gripping the skin. Not my kind of book, you know? But this one? This one grabbed me. The reviews were stellar (and by people who were actually talking about the writing and not something else...) and the cover incredible. I purchased it on Sunday evening, thinking it was worth a shot.

I finished in twelve hours and immediately downloaded Doughton's other books.

What I Liked -  

Being a coming-of-age novel, there were ample opportunities for Doughton to throw in gratuitous sex scenes. She didn't. There are scenes, but they aren't overwhelming and serve as something that move the plot forward. I can appreciate {and even celebrate} this. I felt Cole and Aimee's relationship rang true and I loved the slow burn of their chemistry.

What I Loved -  

Y'all. Have I mentioned Autumn Doughton is an indie author? She doesn't have a massive publishing team behind her {mark my words: she will} and her writing is still breathtaking. The nuance, the repetition, the poetry—it made me want to pick up my pen and write some more. Which is huge in this post-release state I've been in lately. 

Also, I loved the themes of friendship and letting go and how she wove the {much needed} tension between Aimee and Cole and how they deal with their pasts individually and together.

What You Should Know -  

Because Doughton is indie, it's incredibly impressive that her book shot up to Amazon's Top 100 and is proof of the caliber of this book. The market is pretty saturated right now, and so she's done an incredible job letting the story speak for itself. 

When I find an author I like, I gush. It just happens. This book immediately shot up to one of my favorite reads of 2013. She's definitely a new favorite, y'all. Check her out.

Posted on September 6, 2013 .