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Book Review | The Next Fifteen Minutes

Title: The Next 15 Minutes: Strength From the Top of the Mountain

Author: Kim Kircher

My Review:

THE NEXT FIFTEEN MINUTES is truly a story about taking life one moment at a time, not worrying about tomorrow, but focusing every bit of energy into the right now.

Kim Kircher is a ski patroller at Crystal Mountain, and not just your average vanilla ski patroller—she gets to carry the explosives. The same could be said about her as a writer. Kim writes like she blows up mountains, with explosive scenes that take the reader right to the heart of the matter. There is no mincing of words, no bunny hill to the story—THE NEXT FIFTEEN MINUTES is impactful, powerful, and tragically beautiful story about how she used her training as a ski patroller to guide her and her husband through his life-threatening diagnosis.

Kim’s writing is poetic and she’s a beautiful storyteller. In the past I’ve struggled with memoirs, especially when the facts and events get in the way and slow the story down, but that’s never the case with THE NEXT FIFTEEN MINUTES, it’s engaging, and well-paced, especially given the sensitive nature of the topic and how brutally close Kim was to the material.

Kim and her husband John are teachers of the big lessons, and the kind of individuals we can all learn from. I hope to see more of Kim’s writing in the future—but only if it doesn’t accompany another tragedy. I highly recommend THE NEXT FIFTEEN MINUTES. It’s a quick read, and the life lessons are worth the time.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Jen G.

Jen Greyson writes supernatural thrillers and corporate training guides and considers it a good day when she manages not to mix the two. Her mama-sized survival tips and samples of her current novel are on her blog http://TheSurvivalMama.com.

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