In This Life
by Christine Brae
on January 22, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere,
They’re in each other all along.
It starts out so simply. Anna runs away to Thailand, drags her best friend Dante with her and spends a few weeks away, taking on other people’s problems while getting away from her own. She meets the enigmatic Jude Grayson, and for as long as it’s clear to both of them that it ends when they leave, she thinks she’s got the perfect fling planned out.
Or does she?
Anna returns home to find that her life is no longer the way it once was, and that she can’t stop thinking about him. She learns through tragedy that nothing she’s ever believed in has turned out to be true. The worst part? The people she loved were keeping a secret from her. And that no matter what she does, no matter how hard she fights against it, every path she takes keeps leading her back to Jude.
This is a story about love, found in a faraway place by two very unlikely people. It is also a story about friendship and loyalty and fighting for what you have despite the illogical mystery of fate. With the struggle between morality and guilt, faith and acceptance, there comes a learning that even the best-laid plans are powerless against the alignment of the universe.
From the beaches of Thailand to the streets of New York, three friends, Anna, Dante, and Jude will learn the hard way that once providence steps in, there is nothing in the world that can change what is truly meant to be.
Descriptive and well written story full of wisdom and beautiful quotes
In This Life by Christian Brae is a standalone self-published story. Brae tells us a story about a girl named Anna, that develops between two of the most beautiful and different cities, Ban Nam Khen, a village located on the coast of the Andaman Sea; and New York City.
Since this is the first book written by Christine Brae I have read, I knew that it was for the best that I didn’t have high expectations. But since the lovely Colleen Hoover recommended it. It was obvious I was going to read it.
But then I received this life-changing email which said that I’ve a gifted copy of “In This Life” –the kindle version if you’re wondering –and I just needed to fill a form, and the rest is story. As soon as Amazon told me I’ve a gift from Christine Brae I was reading the book.
I knew little or nothing about the plot and I think –at least for me –it worked.
Anna runs away from New York to Thailand because she can’t deal with the problems that are destroying her family. And because she needs moral support she drags her best friends, Dante, with her on a medical mission to help the less fortunate. In this village she meets Jude, this gorgeous and mysterious guy, and is obvious they are both attracted to each other, but the timing isn’t right. So they decide that whatever is going on between the two of them will end when they leave the village.
The perfect fling, right? Turns out it wasn’t.
Anna is a complex character but it doesn’t mean you don’t feel identified with her and her issues. The 40% of the time I wasn’t ok with her decisions, but humans are fools and make mistakes from time to time. Jude is an enigma from the moment he appears, a heartbreaking mystery, he is the reason why you can’t put the book down because you don’t have any idea what will happen next.
There are hundreds of ways this book could have gone wrong, but Christine Brae develops the story in the right way making of this book one of the best new adult romance stories I’ve read in my entire life.
This is a descriptive and well written story full of wisdom and beautiful quotes. I was overwhelmed during all the reading. I even cried in public transport because, as masochistic as I am, I couldn’t put the book down to take a break.
Do you think I’m overreacting? Well, maybe I am, but remember that books are like art, it can get a different reaction of each one of us.
For fans of Colleen Hoover, Sally Hepworth, Gayle Forman and Reneè Carlino this book is a must read.
He is a force that pulls me towards him, a cliffhanger in a story in need of an ending.
The compassion in his eyes grabbed a hold on me in the middle of my storm and set me safely on solid ground.
They said that love is found in the darkest moments, when you’re lost and alone, in desperate search of answers.
I could have given up my entire life for you, followed you anywhere in the world.
If only you had chosen me.
Faithfulness. Love. Commitment. She gave it all to someone else. Fuck her.
“Tell me who do you worship now?”
“You, only you. I only worship you.”
There was nothing more liberating than knowing you belong.
She was mine and I was hers, not in the next life, nor in the future life, but here and now. In This Life.
About the author:
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. Christine is the author of The Light in the Wound, His Wounded Light and Insipid. Her new book, In This Life, is set to release in January 2016.
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.
Christine is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin Literary Management.