Review: Zoey & The Moment of Zen by Cat Lavoie
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.
I loved the premise for Cat Lavoie's second novel, Zoey & The Moment of Zen. From the moment I heard about it, I knew I wanted to read it! Who hasn't had a relationship end before they were ready? Who hasn't stalked said ex and done something to try and get them back? This story is so real, so relevant to most people. Zoey Everwood is just your average woman who can't let go of her boyfriend, ex-boyfriend. And when you think you've found the one, why would you let go? Wouldn't you do anything you could to get that person back?
Well, Zoey does. She listens to his voicemail messages, she reads his emails, and she shows up at places she'll know he'll be. One day, she takes it a bit too far when she ropes her best friend into the scheme. Her best friend, who has been married for a year and at whose wedding the "breakup scene" took place. The final straw is when Zoey collapses in the grocery store when she finds out her ex-boyfriend, Braden, is getting married................and his fiancee is pregnant!
So Zoey is sent away to the Moment of Zen Wellness Resort to spend a week in the sun and reevaluate her life. Zoey's goal, as her best friend and aunt declare, is to get over her obsession with Braden and come back a healed woman ready for a new relationship. But how is that supposed to happen when Zoey is sitting next to Shane, the spitting image of Braden and he's spending a week at the same resort as Zoey?
What follows is much hilarity, some ah-ha moments and some seriously sentimental moments. Zoey, Shane and Shane's friend Nate are met at the airport by Jude, the snarky Wellness Coordinator. I have to say, he was my favorite character. His part in the book is relatively small, but I felt like his impact was huge. He sets the tone for much of Zoey's visit to the resort. He seems to be everywhere, know everything and have a snarky remark for it.
Zoey is so real. She's flawed, she's lovable, she's confident one moment and scared to death the next. All she wants is to be loved for herself, to find that one person she can connect fully with and to live the rest of her life with that person. And when you come to the end and you read who she chooses...it'll knock your socks off, leave you melting and wanting more!
I really enjoyed this novel and hope at some point there is a follow-up to the story. I highly recommend Zoey & The Moment of Zen, it's fun reading and perfect for a cold, rainy day or a weekend when you can snuggle up on the couch and let the day go.
Cat Lavoie can be found on Facebook, Twitter and on her website. 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.
You can find her novel Zoey & the Moment of Zen on Amazon: Zoey & The Moment of Zen
and on Nook: Zoey & The Moment of Zen
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