by Brenda Novak

July 2005
ISBN: 0-373-77045-6
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Vanessa Beacon is on the run. She has spent the last six years with Manuel Rodriguez and they have a five-year-old son, Dominick. Manuel has turned into someone Vanessa doesnít know anymore and when his controlling behavior turns physically abusive toward her she makes the decision to leave him.

With the help of Manuelís Spanish speaking household staff Vanessa buys a car and makes the necessary preparations to leave. Vanessaís main goal is to keep her son safe from his manipulative father.

Vanessa is now Emma Wright and Dominick is Max. Emma soon learns a trip across country with a diabetic son will be much harder than she ever imagined. Emma is in for the fight of her life as her plans fall apart before she can make it out of California. After stopping for supplies at a local store and coming out to find the police staking out her car Emma is forced to ask a mysterious man she met at her hotel for a lift to Salt Lake City and finally Iowa.

Preston Holman is the mysterious man. He once had a family but he is now divorced and his son, Dallas is dead. Preston is on a mission to make the person he feels responsible for his sonís death pay. He doesnít want anything to do with Emma or her son Max but when he becomes aware of Manuelís abuse of Emma he feels compelled to help her get away from him.

In Every Waking Moment Brenda Novak shows the reader to what lengths a parent will go to protect their child. With a very realistic look into the everyday life of a child living with diabetes, Ms Novak draws her readers into a very compelling and heart wrenching story that will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. In Emma, Max and Preston Ms Novak has created a cast of characters that will get under your skin and into your heart and wonít let go. In the character of Manuel Ms Novak gives the reader a glimpse of a character obsessed with controlling another human being who will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants. Every Waking Moment is a story that you wonít soon forget filled with characters you will fall in love with. Donít miss this one! Brenda Novak is certainly making quite a name fore herself in the romantic suspense genre. She is definatly an author to watch.

Reviewed in June 2005 by Barbara.

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