One Moment, One Morning: A Novel and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
  • List Price: $15.99
  • Save: $2.62 (16%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This book has already been loved by someone else. It MIGHT have some wear and tear on the edges, have some markings in it, or be an ex-library book. Over-all it's still a good book at a great price! (if it is supposed to contain a CD or access code, that may be missing)
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

One Moment, One Morning: A Novel Paperback – December 20, 2011

See all 13 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
Paperback, December 20, 2011
$0.95 $0.01
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"

Frequently Bought Together

One Moment, One Morning: A Novel + The Two Week Wait
Price for both: $25.41

Buy the selected items together
  • The Two Week Wait $12.04

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on selected titles, including the current pick, "The Bone Clocks" by David Mitchell.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781250000194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250000194
  • ASIN: 125000019X
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Simon, 51 years young, dies suddenly one morning on the train to work. He leaves behind a wife, Karen, and two young children, but they are not the only people touched by his loss. Karen’s best friend, Anna, and Lou, a stranger who was also on the train that morning, find that their lives are also forever changed. Karen, Anna, and Lou each has something different to learn from the loss, but they all ultimately find themselves bound together in a friendship forged during the most trying of times. While the subject matter tends toward the trite, Rayner’s writing is concise and contemporary, bringing her characters and their emotions to life in so realistic and believable a way as to avoid the clichéd. Her portrayal of emotion is authentic, even to the point of being painful to read, but this story is as much about relationships, hope, and second chances as it is about death and loss. Its most valuable lesson of all is that each of us has only one life to live. --Cortney Ophoff


Praise for One Moment, One Morning
"Oh, what a novel ! It will make you laugh and cry, it will make you want to call your dear ones to tell them how much you love them, it will make you buy it for all your friends. When you get to the end, Anna, Lou and Karen will feel like they are your soul sisters. "--Tatiana de Rosnay, author of A Secret Kept and Sarah's Key

"Shocking, gripping, and beautifully rendered.  I found it impossible to put down!"—Beth Harbison, author of Always Something There To Remind Me

"A moving account of what happens to three women in one week when a man dies on a Brighton to London commuter train.  Very impressive."--Bookseller (UK)

"Carried along by the momentum of a suspense-filled yet touching story that drives to the core of human emotion, this book is a real page-turner, exploring the harrowing pain of loss and grief, family secrets and how a tragic event can force you to be honest about who you really are. You’ll want to inhale it in one breath."--Easy Living (UK)

"Rayner is a swift, efficient plotter, nudging her characters towards the light of congruence and self-reliance. Her Brighton is carefully and affectionately mapped, and her account of the gruelling rituals a death involves is deftly done."--The London Times Literary Supplement

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Her characters are developed well.
Dusti M. Martin
I loved the resilience of the 3 women and the friendship that emerged.
Apologies for a rather harsh adjective.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alison J. Davis on March 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner

Sarah Rayner starts her story with a life-shattering event that could happen to you or to anyone. It is a personal disaster, with huge significance for a lot of people. If it were to occur in your life the consequences would hit you very hard and yet you might never give them a single thought ... until they happen.

And that is not all. The story goes on to uncover a series of events that happen to someone, somewhere every day, and yet each one is a shock and a revelation. One Moment, One Morning is beautifully written as well as surprising, thought-provoking, touching and heart-warming.

The characters in the story quickly become your own close friends. They are buffeted by alarming challenges but, with the help other friends nearby, they survive and cope rather well. The story is an inspirational example of the power of women supporting each other.

Sarah Rayner's novel cleverly manages to be more than a novel. Besides warming your heart, it might help you to handle well some of the worst shocks that could occur in your life.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
The morning rush hour from Brighton to London has passengers going about their business when a man pukes, clutches his chest, and collapses. The train stops and the man is rushed by ambulance to a hospital but pronounced dead. On that train amongst the commuters is the deceased's wife Karen, her BFF Anna in a different car, and a witness youth worker Lou who watched the change in the loving couple by the tragedy. Lou and Anna meet when each seeks and shares a taxi.

Karen grieves her shocking unexpected loss but also must be there for her two young children (Molly and Luke) who struggle with the death of their father Simon. Anna takes to heart that a person has only one life so she decides to end her relationship with abusive charming alcoholic Steve while needing to be there for her friend and her godchildren. Lou also is affected as she opens her heart to Sofia and family.

One Moment, One Morning is a discerning well written character study that looks deeply into the impact of a death on three women (and indirectly others in their immediate circle). The storyline focuses on death and rebirth as each feels like quitting on life following the Simon tragedy. However, the trio uses Simon's death as a springboard to new beginnings once each respectively moves past the original denial. Sarah Rayner provides a poignant tale as women proposes but God disposes so get it right the first (and only) time as there are no makeovers.

Harriet Klausner
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By persisting stars ~ Maddie ~ on December 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
This week I finished reading Sarah's book `One moment, One Morning' and I am still deeply under the spell of her gorgeous and contemplative story of the friendship between three women whose lives are mysteriously changed forever with a devastating loss. Whilst reading this book I felt such a tenderness peering into the unflinching window of these woman's heart's and was struck profoundly how her writing pulses with the ache of that beautiful intangible quality so resonant of the everyday ~ soul.

Sarah's writing is so true and organic and aches with the universal desire to be loved in all of us.

What? Oh!!! you want to know if the book has a happy ending? You will have to read it yourself:)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By I LOVE BOOKS on January 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Apologies for a rather harsh adjective. Admittedly, I am not a chick-lit fan however I do enjoy such books now & then as I find them relaxing; and sometimes one comes along that is actually light but entertaining. Not this one. And please note, it is NOT A THRILLER as wrongly indicated in older copies. I am not even sure it could be defined as "chick-lit" either, it shall be up to the reader to decide.

The opening story: one moment, one morning, on a commuter train from Brighton to London, a man drops dead (first chapter). The lives of three passengers on the same train will forever be altered after that. The author explores various themes, mainly coping with the loss of a loved one. Sad subject, certainly; and strong feelings of bereavement and sorrow permeate, understandably, the lives of those involved.

However a flat and rather repetitive narrative fails to fully deliver. Even what could have been an engaging, uplifting description of a nice friendship between three women (main characters) who try to support each other in times of need, is unconvincing. Hence, while sympathizing with a very depressing situation, I could not empathize with the characters, most of them such... clichés. This is accentuated by a "goody-goody" feel throughout the book, quite unrealistic I thought, rendering the characters quite artificial, boring.

The subject of losing a loved one is probably one of the toughest to write about, even in a made-up story; as mentioned above, it is not the only theme explored, but it is certainly the central one. Despite the effort by the author -and I realise my comment will clash with the reviews published so far- I think that this book fails to impact: it has all the right ingredients wrongly mixed. Sorry.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nika Ortiz on January 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a serious reminder of how life is short and how it can change in one instant. It's a big-hearted homage to female friendships set in the campy yet charming seaside town of Brighton, England. Three women are brought together after Karen loses her husband to a heart attack while traveling on a commuter train to London. The story tells how, through their friendship, Karen processes her grief and survives the worst loss of her life. She learns to live again and through the women's dedication to each other we see exactly how

The book is very thought provoking and hard to put down. You become very attached to the characters who are very well-written and uniquely different from each other. All in all, this is a beautiful, inspiring book about life, transition and friendship.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?