Secrets ruin lives, and lies protect those secrets…
Wanting to escape her life in New York City before starting medical school in the fall, Anna Dillon convinces her best friend Dante to travel with her to Thailand on a medical mission. While volunteering in a coastal village recently ravaged by a tsunami, Anna meets Jude Grayson. They share an instant attraction that leads to a brief, passionate affair. When she has to rush home for a family emergency, he promises to stay in touch.
But Jude never calls, and Anna tries desperately to forget him.
Five years pass, and Anna finally moves on with Dante after giving up hope that Jude will ever return—until they come face to face again in a chance encounter. Reeling, Anna discovers the life-altering secret of why Jude never contacted her—and why they can’t be together. But the passion that ignited between them on an exotic beach years ago never died, making it impossible to stay away from each other.
And Dante? Anna discovers that the friend she grew to love—and trust—has a secret of his own.
Every now and then I read a book that affects me in such a way that it makes it hard to write a review. In This Life just so happens to fall in this category.
This is a story where I had a love/hate relationship with the heroine throughout the book, but yet, I understood her. We can all sit around and say what we would do if we were in her situation, but the truth is….we truly have no idea until we are there ourselves.
What drew me to this book was the description. I love a juicy love triangle with a dirty little secret. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with these characters like I did though. The last 15% of the book had me in tears. Were parts a bit melodramatic? Eh, you could make the case, but it HAD to happen this way. Christine does a phenomenal job at putting the reader inside of these character’s heads and I loved that we get multiple points of view because for this story to be told any other way would have done a disservice to the story and to the readers. This is a story that will make you feel, that will make you think, and will make you want to grab your significant other and never let them go
Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. That’s what happened with her first book, The Light in the Wound (2013). Christine followed that title with His Wounded Light and then Insipid (2014). In This Life (Vesuvian Books) is her fourth book. The traditionally published title has already been optioned for Film/TV.
When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.