What readers are saying about “Defining Moments”
Have you ever wished you could turn back time and undo a bad decision?
Scientist Ellie Ward can do exactly that. She discovered a window to the past when she was nine and she’s been using it to extract herself from bad situations ever since. Each time it returns Ellie to her 'defining moment' - the point in time where a bad decision set her on the path to tragedy. The problem is, Ellie never knows what her defining moments were and so she never has any idea how much of her life she's going to have to repeat to avoid her latest ordeal.
When Ellie’s research takes her to a remote area of northern Canada, she faces yet another crisis when her small plane crashes in the bush. Seriously injured and stranded more than 2000 miles from her portal to the past, this time Ellie has no way to ‘rewind the clock’.
What the reviewers are saying...
Excerpt: “The author’s wit combines with a soft, restrained, very real message of courage and hope to make Defining Moments a genuinely fun read, and one that works a special magic on the reader well after the final pages.”
Excerpt: “Defining Moments by Faye Hicks is a compelling story with a unique plot. It is full of unanticipated twists and turns and the ending is quite unexpected. A clever and imaginative novel that will appeal to anyone who has ever longed for a do over in their own life.”
Excerpts: “From the onset, I loved this book. This book can be likened to someone handing your the journal of their life... It’s an insight into three separate lives lived by the same person Ellie and is written in a clear, insightful and engrossing style that will keep you riveted till the end.”
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"This book was fabulous! I literally polished it off in 24 hours because I could not put it down! Ellie Ward is a character that I really identified with, I only wish that I could throw myself out of a tree and have a “redo” like she could! Great read, I will recommend it to all of my friends and family!"
"An excellent read! Story moves quickly and smoothly between present and past. I particularly enjoyed the re-do aspects of Ellie’s life and can imagine that many readers can at least empathize with one of these stories. "
"I read it last night, couldn’t put it down! Time travel, tragedy and romance all in one. Kept me on the edge of my seat!"
"I must say right off that this was a really enjoyable book to read. It has just the right amount of detail to draw you in with the characters and their experiences. Who among us would not jump [no pun intended] at the opportunity to redo parts of our lives if we had a chance? The transition from past to present time was smooth and easy to follow. The Author has a great sense of humour and it came through in her writing. I will impatiently await her next book."
"I loved this book. I was swept into Ellie Ward’s life and could not put the book down. What a great escape from the everyday!"
"Totally enjoyed the read – brought back many good memories of time in university – and some laughs about the stupid things we do to ourselves. Very clever ending! Nice twist on several classic genres."
"This is a great read that I highly recommend. This new Canadian author has found her voice in describing the story within the story as she uses humor and everyday language to take us through her journeys as a female struggling in a professional world dominated by men. She makes you feel as though you are a part of her story. This keeps you wanting to know what is going to happen next and often it is not at all what you would expect. Looking forward to reading more from this author."
"I could only manage to put this book down twice…I haven’t done that with a novel in a couple years at least. The story moves forward very quickly, and kept me hooked! Also, some of the experiences [of] the main character, Ellie, are pretty unique – I don’t think there are many stories out there about women in engineering 30 years ago, probably because the engineer/novelist combo itself is unique! Anyway it was a super fun read, perfect for my winter holiday!"
"Yesterday morning I thought I’d take a moment to start reading your book. You caught my attention immediately and held it hostage… had to finish it in one read! Great story, with believable characters complete with flaws and virtue… patiently waiting for the sequel. Great job!!!"
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