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“All good stories have a romance. Love. Without love, what’s the point?”

WOW! Emma Scott brought all the emotion to A Five-Minute Life! We experienced everything as she perfectly conveyed the frustration, the anger, the hope, and the love of her characters, as well as sending us a message about never giving up and making not just every day, but every single minute count. A beautiful and uniquely captivating story told from the heart, with Jimmy and Thea now owning a little piece of our hearts, along with the other characters of Emma’s who have taken up residence there. Prepare yourselves for a genuinely heartfelt story where Thea is a woman trying to remember and Jim is a man wanting to forget.

“Because what are we if we aren’t our memories? Who are we without them? Where are we in life. They anchor us to all the who, what, and where. Without memory, we might as well be dead.”

How does Emma Scott consistently deliver stories that hit a nerve and resonate in some way, deliver yet another candidate for our top favourite list?! We always prepare ourselves for an Emma Scott read, knowing her characters and her words will put our hearts through the wringer, and they certainly did. Just be careful to avoid any spoilers about this story, honestly, it’s for the best!

Imagine having a memory recall for only five minutes, being trapped in your mind unable to escape or communicate for more than five minutes at a time, then having that memory reset all over again? Can you imagine living that sort of life? For Thea Hughes, this is her existence, and the first line of the synopsis, ‘remember us…when I can’t’ put in context absolutely broke our hearts.

We first meet Thea as a vibrant and beautiful twenty-one-year-old, only one year away from graduating from the VCU School of Art, and a bright future as an artist ahead of her. That is until tragedy strikes and her life is irrevocably changed. Now twenty-three, Thea has spent the last two years of her life at the Blue Ridge Sanitaria in Virginia where her future is a bleak as her beige clothes and her bland surroundings.

“Alone-ness is an abyss. It’s being alone even when you’re surrounded by people. It’s vast and empty and silent.”

Twenty-four-year-old Jim Whelan is a man escaping his past, laden down with the negative voices in his head courtesy of a life spent from one cruel foster home to another. The last, by a woman who demeaned him at every opportunity, and bullied because of a stammer. Jim is just trying to exist.

‘Love was a stranger. Fear had been my constant companion.’

Jim takes a job at Blue Ridge as an orderly and meets Thea on his first day and feels a connection, at first thinking she is an employee, not a resident – as she articulates an art piece to him. Jim soon learns of Thea’s amnesia and the hopelessness of her case. Thea is trapped inside her mind, a prisoner of her past and present, yet Jim sees something behind her eyes, and in her drawings. A cry for help perhaps?

A Five Minute Life is told mostly in Jim’s pov with some input by Thea which provides a heartbreakingly bleak look inside Thea’s mind, with Jim exuding a vulnerability that hit us hard. Jim with his tragic past who has resigned himself to believing he’s useless and unlovable. He is anything but! A beautiful kind soul who was the first person to really see Thea, who bought colour, music, and brightness into her dreary existence.

‘She was here, but any minute now, she’d be gone.’

A Five Minute Life is told in three parts, and we felt an ominous cloud follow us through every page, though there is tenderness and humour to the story that made us smile between the tears.

Emma Scott has such a talent for creatively bringing her stories to life. They become living, breathing beings, not just words, as her characters become a part of us. We don’t think we’ve ever held onto such a small sliver of hope whilst reading a story. Every tiny fraction of our heart hoped Jim and Thea would find a way to live out their love story. They had to, but time and time again it felt so hopeless. Hence the onslaught of tears! We have to mention the epilogues, wow! Talk about another flood of tears! It was breathtaking!

“Kiss me so it feels like I’m falling into you.”

Another unforgettable story from an author who amazes us with her remarkable talent, and who delights and moves us with her incredible words. Grab the tissues and experience a story unlike any other. We cried tears of happiness, sadness, despair, and hope. We never gave up hope though, as our hearts were with Thea and Jimmy every minute of their story. Described as 50 First Dates meets Awakenings, a perfect description for a story in which there is a message for us all.

“Remember us…when I can’t…”

Synopsis

Remember us…when I can’t.

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.

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50 First Dates meets Awakenings in this emotional love story by international and best selling author, Emma Scott.

A Five-Minute life contains subject matter that might be sensitive to some readers.
#standalone #newadultromance #notparanormal

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