Audiobook Review: The Wonder of Now by Jaime Beck

the wonder of now What will you do when you are faced with your own mortality and then given a new lease on life? Peyton Prescott, the romantic heroine of “The Wonder of Now” wrote a book relating her fight against breast cancer.

It was her brother Logan’s idea. A photographer by trade and profession, Logan was Peyton’s rock from the time she was diagnosed till she was pronounced cancer free a year ago. It took Peyton a year to write the memoir and now, it was being released as major work for a debut author.

Enter PR guru Mitch Mathis whose job is to make sure that the book goes into the New York Times Bestsellers list and create enough buzz to achieve that. First step, a European book tour before the glitterati-filled US launch.

Easy peasy, right?

Well… it would have been except that from the moment they laid eyes on each other, a mutual attraction simmered between Peyton and Mitch. For professional reasons, Mitch could not; for health and psychological reasons, Peyton could not either.

But, both Peyton and Mitch are adults and it was going to be very easy for them to add the word “consenting” before “adult.”

The Wonder of Now” is not just a love story. It is also a woman’s fight to recover her self esteem after undergoing chemo and mastectomy. Still, the way Peyton was written, she was not a victim, she was a survivor.

But, Peyton is not a romantic heroine either. In fact, from the beginning to the end of the book, I had a hard time liking Peyton. I could see her struggles. Someone very close to me died from breast cancer and I was at the front seat row to see it happen.

Peyton was written as a diva before her cancer diagnosis. She was selfish and self-centered. Though cancer made her see things from a different perspective, the old Peyton kept on rearing her ugly head throughout the story.

And that is the genius of the storytelling for “The Wonder of Now.” It would have been easy to make Peyton a tragic character to be pitied. Thankfully, Jaime Beck is a master of her craft that as readers we see Peyton in 360 degrees. Cancer did not define Peyton. Jaime Beck wrote her to be three-dimensional.

Mitch was given the same treatment. He has baggage of his own; yet instead of being a victim, we see Mitch as a true romantic hero who would fight for the people he loves.

A great book to read and a very good listen on audiobook. Narrated by Dara Rosenberg, the female voice, i.e. Peyton was very good. And though I enjoyed listening to the book very much, I would have preferred if it was a dual narration. There was enough POV from Mitch to warrant a male voice. Sometimes, I got lost who was speaking and had to rewind to figure out who was it.

The Wonder of Now” is Rated T for Teens. Parental guidance strongly advised due to the discussion about cancer and its treatment. There are some sex scenes but they are not graphic.

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The Wonder of Now

What will you do when you are faced with your own mortality and then given a new lease on life? Peyton Prescott, the romantic heroine of “The Wonder of Now” wrote a book relating her fight against breast cancer.

Title: The Wonder of Now

Author: Jamie Beck
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Publisher: Montlake


Peyton Prescott would give anything for the carefree life she knew before breast cancer changed everything. But instead of using her second chance to move forward, she’s stuck promoting the memoir her brother convinced her to write, thus reliving the very battle she wants to forget. If she hopes her European book tour will allow her to enjoy revisiting her favorite travel-writing destinations, she’s wrong: her PR whiz is too consumed with his own goals to consider her needs.

Mitch Mathis has relied on discipline to achieve his goals, and with his new firm’s success riding on Peyton’s book launch, he must keep her on task. They’re here for business, not pleasure. And Mitch won’t let unbridled desire harm his professional reputation—not again.

When frustrated expectations and attraction throw the tour into chaos, it challenges everything Mitch and Peyton believe about themselves, life, and love, forcing these opposites to consider whether they can embrace the change they need to grow.