Zoey & the Moment of Zen
written by Cat Lavoie
published by Marching Ink
Why did I pick this book: I was asked by the publisher to review this book. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: This was a fun read that kept me reading until the end. I wanted to see how it ended.
I wanted Zoey to find happiness, after I got past the first four chapters. I thought she was kind of pathetic and weak. She was definitely a stalker. I thought the way she let her aunt control every decision at her coffee shop was weak. We hit chapter five and I was laughing out loud. The ceremony had me cracking up.
Nessa was too bossy and overprotective. I understand why and I appreciate her love for Zoey. But she needed to see Zoey as the 30-year-old woman that she was, not as the 5-year old orphan. Dar was a good friend. Their friendship wasn’t perfect and I liked that. We all have friends that we fight with but who we are still there for. Shane was a good guy, but damaged. He was a bit on the crazy side. There were times I really liked him, and times when I wanted to boot him. Nate was fantastic. I think he was my favorite character. He was funny and made me laugh a lot. He had a sweet, caring side as well.
The story was good. Some of it was far-fetched, but it made for a great story. I also thought the end wrapped up a bit too quick and easy. The ending made sense and it worked. I just wanted a bit more. However, the end left me with a smile and that giddy feeling. So, it’s all good. I love a good happy ending.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It was a fun, light chick lit read.
Will I read it again: I will not.
About the book: When coffee shop owner Zoey Everwood takes her obsession with ex-boyfriend Braden too far, everyone—except Zoey—is convinced a bit of fun in the sun at the Moment of Zen Wellness Resort will help her get over him once and for all.
But Zoey’s relaxing vacation turns out to be anything but peaceful when she meets Shane Lawson, a resort guest who bears a striking resemblance to Braden. And things get even more complicated when the resort’s owner starts spilling secrets about Zoey’s aunt Nessa, the woman who raised her. Add a snarky Wellness Coordinator and Nate Holmes—Shane’s grumpy friend—to the mix, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect tropical storm.
When Zoey comes back home with a new husband instead of tacky souvenirs, she must convince everyone she hasn’t completely lost her mind. As Zoey and Shane struggle to keep the magic alive outside the resort, Zoey discovers that she isn’t the only one having trouble letting go of the past. And when Nate drops a bombshell that changes everything, Zoey must decide if the old saying is true—what happens at the Moment of Zen stays at the Moment of Zen.
About the author: Cat Lavoie lives in Montreal, Canada, with her tempestuous cat, Abbie. Her debut novel, Breaking the Rules, was published in August 2012 by Marching Ink. If Cat isn’t reading or writing, she’s most likely watching too much TV or daydreaming about her next trip to London.