Review: Once More With Feeling – Megan Crane

Cover of Once More With Feeling by Megan Crane

Title: Once More With Feeling
Author: Megan Crane
Publication date: December 6, 2012
Publisher: Quercus
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-85738-000-5
Length: 357 pages
Genre: Women’s fiction
Age group: Adult
Source: Publisher
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Synopsis

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…

My thoughts

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.

Teaser

“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.”


Rating:
5 star rating
*Many thanks to Quercus for sending me a copy of this book*
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16 Responses to “Review: Once More With Feeling – Megan Crane”

  1. Sounds good — I may have to check this one out! Thank you for sharing it.
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  2. Farah says:

    This would be such an awesome winter read! It sounds good that you’ve actually read it in one sitting! Lovely review Vicky!
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  3. Megan says:

    I love Megan Crane. Thanks for letting me know about this title.

  4. Oooooh emotional turmoil! Overcoming adversity! One girl’s personal adventure! Where do I sign up?! I really adore it when a character is so relatable that you feel as though you could put yourself in their place, it makes the story that much more impactful. I definitely look forward to checking this out, especially now that the weather is taking a turn for the frigid.
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    • Vicky says:

      I agree! I could totally relate to what Sarah’s been through and it made the book so much better! I hope you’ll enjoy it if you decide to pick it up :)

  5. The Readingista says:

    Thank you for your review. I love a read where I love the character from the beginning and one that can give a rise to my emotions. I added this one to my TBR.
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    • Vicky says:

      So do I! And it’s quite rare that I like the main character
      a) right from the beginning
      a) no matter what s/he does. Sarah was great and I could really relate to most of what she’s been going through. I hope you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did! x

  6. Catherine says:

    This looks great, will definitely be giving this one a read. xxx
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  7. Ow sounds like a very nice book. I have added it too my shelf. Thanks for the great review
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  8. Just by looking at the cover, I wouldn’t have guessed this book would be so much more than a feel-good Christmas read. I think I’ll enjoy reading about Sarah. Loved your review, Vicky!
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  9. Loved reading your review :) I think this book might actually be one of my favourites this year. I was so moved by Sarah and I related to many aspects of her life. Fantastic writing!

    Hopw you are having a lovely week Vicky xxxx
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  10. This book sounds intense. It sounds like it focuses on Sarah’s journey. Thanks for the heads up on what type of book it is. I like to know what I’m getting into so that I’m reading the right book for the right mood.
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  11. I love reading realistic fiction because one can easily related to it and makes you feel so much more human. I also wouldn’t haves guessed it to be an emotional ride of a book but I don’t mind reading emotionally stimulating books at all.

    I need to read more of chicklit so I’ll definitely consider reading Once More With Feeling when I do.

    Great review, Vicky.

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  12. suzanne says:

    Love your review One More With Feelings. Megan Crane is such a good author. I have read some of her books but not this one yet!. from ireadnovels.wordpress.com

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