In the book One Minute Later by Susan Lewis, we meet Vivi. A lovely 27-year-old lawyer who enjoys living her best life, you know, like your typical 20-something. She’s got a semi-serious boyfriend, a great career, and friends that are there til the end. Then on her 27th birthday, she suffers a heart attack. She thought she was healthy, so this terrifying health issue comes as a shock.
When she awakens in the hospital, the doctor tells her she may need a heart transplant, that she has a heart condition and has likely had it for her entire life. Could you imagine being in her shoes? One day, feeling on top of the world, and the next you’re near death. Ugh, so scary.
Due to her condition, Vivi has to move back in with her mom. The mom she left all those years ago to start a new life. Vivi’s mom has always kept her secrets close to her chest, but Vivi is determined to find out what those secrets are, especially now that her life is in danger, no matter the cost.
Then Vivi meets Josh, a local vet who wins her heart. They become closer and closer, but it seems that Josh may be holding a secret in of his own. Will Vivi find out what the truth about her life is?
This book is told on a dual timeline, and at first it’s kind of confusing how the two stories meld together, but once you figure it out, it’s intoxicating! I loved this book so much, and I wish I could go back and read it again for the first time. I fell in love with Vivi, she’s caring, smart and positive despite her triumphs. That’s what I aspire to be! All in all, a wonderful story with some really cool twists. 5 out of 5 stars.