Published February 18, 2012
Scientist Ellie Ward has discovered a portal to the past. In fact, she discovered it at her childhood home when she was nine and she's been using it to extract herself from bad situations ever since. Each time it's returned her to the 'defining moment' in her past - 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 window to the past, this time Ellie has no way to rewind the clock. (Goodreads)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
It was an honor to have been asked to read Defining Moments. Ms. Hick's decision to have the story alternate perspectives, that of Brenda surviving the plane crash and coping with the hopes of being rescued, and Ellie's life as told from the voice in her journal, was quite remarkable.
But I guess this had been the defining moment in our relationship - the decision point that had precipitated our tragedy...
I enjoyed experiencing the moments in Ellie's life and how she could change the course of her life when a situation became unbearable. I found myself captivated by the tragedies she experienced and the lessons she took with her in the next chance at life.
I definitely recommend this book. Ms. Hicks did a fine job describing and setting up the various situations that Ellie experienced. You can see the author's humor and defintely can see the imagination and creativity throughout the book. One can not help but relate to Ellie. You find yourself going through a plethora of emotions right along with the main character.