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A Five-Minute Life by Emma Scott

A Five-Minute Life Book Cover A Five-Minute Life
Emma Scott
Fiction, Adult Romance
May 16th 2019

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.

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

Megan’s Review

“Remember us… when I can’t”

There is one thing that is always guaranteed whenever I pick up one of Emma Scott’s stories and that is it will be nothing short of astounding. If there is one writer who always has the ability to make me feel each and every emotion through the portrayal of her beautiful and captivating words, it’s Emma. I can never get enough of her stories and A Five-Minute Life is by no means an exception. I think this may be one of the best books I have ever read; I can’t fault it in any way, shape or form. It is pure literary perfection and I thank Emma from the bottom of my heart for bringing this unique, heartbreaking, fascinating and utterly spellbinding story to life. Unfortunately, no review I attempt to write will do this story any justice, because I was literally catapulted to an unknown world that I have never experienced and was fully immersed in the effortless and impeccable storytelling that Emma always produces.

Thea is a young, up and coming artist with so much talent. She has her whole life is in front of her until one harrowing accident changes the world as she knows it. She is left with a debilitating brain injury that causes memory loss with an inability to remember recent events; she can remember everything prior to the accident, but now her memories last only for a mere five minutes.

“You don’t have enough to keep loving me. Only five minutes.”
“That’s all I need. That’s all I ever needed.”

When Thea meets the beautiful and broken Jimmy, any sort of connection appears impossible considering Thea’s brain injury. When they connect on such a profound level, five minutes will pass, and Thea has forgotten Jimmy and his kind eyes. It was such a unique relationship; every time they met and connected, for Thea, it felt like the first time. They were drawn to each other by some unexplainable magnetic force and they saw something in each other that goes above and beyond anything anyone else one can see.

“The silence in my mind is defeated by his voice. My eyes close. I’m so tired. It’s safe to sleep now because Jim is coming with me.
He’ll follow me into the darkness.”

I absolutely devoured this story and drank in all the beautiful words that Emma perfected so exquisitely. A Five-Minute Life is unlike anything else I have read to date and I know this is one story I will never forget. This heartbreaking and powerful journey showcased to me the importance of persevering even when faced with the worst kind of adversity. Life is sometimes cruel and unfair, but the strength and tenacity that Thea and Jimmy portrayed is nothing short of inspiring. I cannot recommend this story enough as A Five-Minute Life has the power to change your life. This was simply an epic and unforgettable masterpiece that should be read by the world.


Jenny’s Review

Lately I’ve been in a string of amazing books, Absolutely falling in love time in time again. May has brought a slew of new releases, and wow have I scored!!!! I don’t think I have ever had so many 5 star reads. Here’s the thing, these authors, they are simply amazing, their writing is on queue, the characters, magical.

I have always adored Emma’s writing. She brings me to tears with her writing, the flawless nature of the characters, but this story, WOW, I am still reeling, days later. To put into words what this story has done to me, not possible.

Jimmy, words to describe this character…..

Thea….. The tragic past, the unknown future, the lost present. I love this character, LOVE LOVE LOVE her. I’ve never read a character where I am begging and pleading for a HEA for. She deserves nothing but.

Hands down a book that I recommend to you Adult Romance lovers! IT is one that will stick with you!

Tracey’s Review

I’m going to keep this review brief as I feel that everyone needs to put this book on their must-read list. 

A Five-Minute Life is a beautifully written romance story, one that touched my heart in a way a book hasn’t done before in a very long time. The main characters both had amazing resilience and determination to life their life to the fullest with one another.

I can only imagine how hard it must be to see the face of a loved one for a short time before its replaced with the unknown. Our heroine Thea was involved in a serious car accident that took her parents life’s but also her memories. Emma Scott did a beautiful job captivating me. I was hooked and fell in love with Thea’s character. My heart went out to her.

Our hero Jim was a true gentleman. Having meet Thea after her accident he never knew the real Thea, but along the way you can see their connection ignite. It broke my heart as you experienced Jim’s struggle to deal with Thea’s memory reset, wiping him from her memories. You could see this young man falling in love this amazing woman who would never be able to remember him. 

This story was bloody amazing. I loved the characters and the storyline, a theme that I had never read before. I loved every single minute of this book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a romance story with a twist. Emma Scott has an amazing gift that shines in this story, her words and attention to detail allow her readers to fall in love with her and her characters. She is always a must-read author for me and after reading this beautiful story she will remain as a must-read author for life. 

About the Author

Emma Scott is a writer, marathon runner, and caffeine addict, who lives and writes in the California Bay Area. She has two smart, feisty little girls, a super-supportive husband, and is a demonstrated fan of the Oxford comma. She is also an unabashed Star Wars geek and comic book enthusiast who fell into romance novels when a writing contest prompt turned a 1000-word romantic story into a full-blown novel. She also writes epic fantasy that suffers an epic word count.

She hopes you enjoy her work, encourages readers to leave feedback, and thinks it’s amusing to write about herself in the third person. And if she has a driving force the fuels her work, it’s that love always wins.

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