Welcome to another edition of Teaser Tuesdays, hosted by Should Be Reading. 

Here’s how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

The book I’ve grabbed today is Just Breathe, by Susan Wiggs, and it’s an exploration of life and love.

Chicago cartoonist Sarah Moon tackles life’s real issues with a healthy dose of sharp wit in her syndicated comic strip Just Breathe. As Sarah’s cartoon alter ego, Shirl, undergoes artificial insemination, her situation begins to mirror Sarah’s own difficult attempts to conceive. However, Sarah’s dreams of the future did not include her husband’s infidelity: snag number two in Sarah’s so-called perfect life.

With Chicago and her marriage in the rearview mirror, she flees to the small Northern California coastal town where she grew up, a place she couldn’t wait to leave. Now she finds herself revisiting the past, an emotionally distant father and the unanswered questions left by her mother’s death. As she comes to terms with her lost marriage, Sarah encounters a man she never expected to meet again: Will Bonner, the high school heartthrob she’d skewered mercilessly in her old comics. Now a local firefighter, he’s been through some changes himself. But just as her heart is about to reawaken, Sarah discovers she is pregnant. With her ex’s twins.

It’s hardly the most traditional of new beginnings, but who says life and love are predictable or perfect? The winds of change have led Sarah here. Now all she can do is just close her eyes and breathe.


Teaser:  The door to the master suite was ajar, and the friendly glow of the fire glimmered across the freshly carpeted floors.  She hesitated, sensing…something.  p. 27


I think we could say that this was a pivotal moment.  What happens next will have me turning those pages quickly.  What about you?  What tempting excerpts are you sharing today?


  1. That’s intriguing! But Susan needs some new initials — Susan, Sarah, Shirl — I got lost trying to figure out who was real and who was fictional!

    Thanks for stopping by my teaser!


  2. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    This sounds like a great story, full of emotion and self-discovery.

    The teaser lines are intriguing in themselves, have me wondering if she is about to find out about hubbies infidelity …?

    It sounds as though a couple of your previous commenters have read and enjoyed this one, so it definitely makes it to my reading list.

    Thanks for sharing


  3. Enjoyed your synopsis and teaser particularly since this title is on my TBR list! Yes, a pivotal moment indeed. We usually identify them in retrospect when its too late to take another path.

    Happy New Year!



  4. Oh, great teaser. This one sounds good. Thanks for visiting mine–if you do decide to read the Kate Collins “Flower Shop Mystery” series, I highly recommend reading them in order, as they do build on each other. Happy New Year!


    1. I can’t recall reading anything by this author, and picked this up on a sales table….but the more I look at it, the more I think I’ll enjoy it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Diane, and enjoy your week.


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