REVEIW: “Zoey and the Moment of Zen” Cat Lavoie

Zoey and the Moment of Zen Book Cover Zoey and the Moment of Zen
Cat Lavoie
Chick Lit
Marching Inc

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 received a copy of this e-book in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

I find myself somewhat wavering in my opinion of this book. On the one hand, I found quirky Zoe to be fairly relatable, with her inner monologue reminding me of my own. Her inability to get over her past relationship was frustrating, but also completely recognisable. On the other hand, I found the shotgun wedding around which much of the story is based to be completely unbelievable.

When Zoe’s friends and family force her to go on a holiday to get over her crummy ex, she meets a new man. In the course of four days, she meets, kisses and marries a stranger. It’s not that I’m opposed to the idea of a lightening fast marriage, but Lavoie married off these two characters before they’d even had a deep-and-meaningful conversation, and it felt forced. And, I suspected, doomed to fail.

The marriage was crucial to the progression of the book, and even though it annoyed me a little, I can see it’s usefulness as a plot tool. So, putting that aside, and focusing on what happened before and after the speedy nuptials, I can honestly say that I liked everything else much better!

I found Zoe’s friends to be believable, and I liked the incorporation of Zoe’s coffee shop business and her poet employee. The side stories involving her family and friends were interesting, but didn’t detract too much from the main storyline. Sure, Zoey’s final decision about who she wanted to be with seemed quick and slightly unsubstantiated, but it was what I was rooting for, so I was happy with it!

All in all, as far as chick lit goes, I think this is a great book, with an awesome cover (which, I’m sure you understand, always makes a book even better). Sure, there were a few things in the plot that bugged me a little, but overall the likeability of Zoey and her friends, and the fun twists and turns that they faced kept me intrigued. In fact, I’d like to read more about her antics and how she settles into her new relationship. How about a sequel, Cat? It would make an excellent beach read. And really, what more could you want on a sunny December day?!

Keen to read about Zoey’s relationship disasters? You can buy Lavoie’s book on Amazon here.

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  • Catenabi

    Thank you so much for the review, Annabel! 🙂

    • Annabel Krantz

      You’re welcome 🙂 Thanks for writing!!