Book Review: Pause to Rewind by Aimee Alexander


Jenny Dempsey has exchanged life in the fast lane for freelance journalism and being a mum. She doesn’t look back. Why would she? A broken engagement to her fiancé Dave. A falling-out with her parents. And a night in a hotel room best forgotten. Life is simple now. Jenny’s little boy, Charlie, is starting school, beginning to build a life independent from her. She needs to get her own back.

Life, though, has other plans. When Charlie is diagnosed with leukaemia, Jenny is forced to confront her past and all that she has turned from. But she will do anything for Charlie.

The blurb had me hooked. I came across this book when I was trying out Kindle Unlimited. It was quite annoying that most of the books available on Kindle Unlimited were just not appealing to me. This one, however, sounded interesting, that of course, meant nothing. Many a time an interesting sounding book has ended up being boring, or just not strong enough to keep my interest. So I approached this book with trepidation.

I needn’t have worried. This was a book that I enjoyed immensely. Narrated jn first person by Jenny, she takes us through the emotional roller coaster that she is on. The life that she had carefully made for herself and her little boy had just been upturned, and she is now being forced to face up to the past that she had been running away from, the past that looked like it would come back to haunt her. As a mother, whose first priority is her son, Jenny is left with very little choice. A story that had me reading with tears running down my cheeks. The end was predictable but I still found it interesting.

A book I would wholeheartedly recommend. It’s a book I would go for, armed with a box of tissues. A 4.5/5 read for me.

About The Author
Aimee Alexander is the pen name of bestselling Irish author, Denise Deegan. Denise writes contemporary teenage fiction under her own name. As Aimee Alexander, she writes contemporary adult fiction that focuses, largely, on family and relationships.

This book is available on Amazon(UK).