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It started 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. And 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.
Even before I saw him, I knew.
I felt my heart calming down, my stupor beginning to leave me. Slowly, I turned around to face him.
“You found it.” Jude smiled at me. His eyes weren’t dark that night. They were hazel and luminous and light. There was no formal greeting, no, “What are you doing here?” It was as if he’d been waiting for me to find him.
“What took you so long?” he asked, his grin spreading from ear to ear.
“I’ve never walked this far out before,” I said.
His eyes called to me, beckoning me to come closer, but his body language said otherwise. He seemed nervous. He kept his hands at his sides and rocked back and forth on his heels.
I moved closer, one tiny step at a time, until we were only an arm’s length apart. Every step towards him was unintended, every emotion unexplained. I stopped when I was near enough to feel his breath on me, and as I gazed up, he looked down so that our noses were almost touching. The air around us was fraught with tension, the kind that manifested itself through the reactions of the flesh. The heat of his stare seared me, knocked the wind out of me. The compassion in his eyes grabbed hold of me in the middle of my storm and set me safely on solid ground. Just like last night, when he pulled my head out of the water.
And there it was again, that band of light that seemed to radiate just above his head. Slivery, silvery shining light.
I noticed the rise and fall of our chests in unison, and a rapid surge of energy. And as I turned to step away, he grabbed my shoulder with his right hand and spun me around before pressing me tightly against his body. I was in the arms of a stranger, but in the embrace of someone I had known for a hundred years. I couldn’t explain what had just happened. We spoke in the silence, lost in the uncertainty of it all. It was both disturbing and exhilarating and I forgot where I was in the world at this very instant. All that mattered was that he was here and that he’d touched me.
Before I start this book talk. Just let me start with a little history between me and Christine.
I first knew her books through Jem, a friend of ours. He persuaded me to read her book The Light in the Wound. And to be completely honest I didn’t love it. The writing was good, yes, but too much romance for me. So I didn’t read the second book anymore. Then she came to the Philippines for the CTC in PH and I decided to buy her 2nd book for it to be signed by her. And in that brief time that I met her in that signing I felt how kind she is. So when In This Life announced that it will have a blog tour, I didn’t hesitate to join. And I’m glad I did.
PS. The eArc was given in exchange for a review and in no way influences my views about the book because really who can? I’m as hard headed as a rock.
Writing. Christine has always been a good writer. No purple prose. No over the top description of every little thing and just outright direct to the point attack. The lines this book is actually amazing. There are so many highlights in my ereader you cannot even imagine. I also loved that there are POVs of Anna and Jude so I can know what the both pf them think and not just one side. I would have also liked a POV from Dante but maybe that’s asking too much. I’m team Dante by the way. He may have lied but I still love him.
Anna. Anna’s character is strong but also fragile. Her connection with Jude at Thailand is instant and you coukd already tell that they will end up together whatever happened. The way she took bad news are one of my concerns about her. Because everytime she hears a bad news she just lashes out and doesn’t even stop for a second to think of a rational thing to do. Yes I know it’s painful but consider first your actions because someone important to you may get hurt too because of them
Jude. I love him don’t get me wrong. I’m Team Dante for a reason but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love Jude for Anna. It’s just that the first time he felt that he couldn’t live without Anna, he should have already left the church because God doesn’t deserve to be served in a self imposed guilt. He can serve God in other ways and at the same time saving him and Anna and Dante that 5 years of pain.
Dante. Oh Dante. He shouldn’t have lied to Anna. If he just told her the truth then the game will be fair and they will be both given an equal chance. I love him for sacrificing and respecting himself enough to give Anna time though. He wanted her to be happy even if he needs to let her go and find herself. And I also think that he’s actually preparing Anna because with/without the crash, he will die. HE didn’t say to Anna that he will is sick because she’ll just choose him to take care of him and never really follow her heart.
Story. At first it was quite predictable but on the second half I didn’t have a clue on what will happen anymore. I just outright didn’t know who Anna really loves anymore. I aslo love that it showed love isn’t always enough. They needed to make decisions not based entirely to what they feel at the moment but also what it would result in the future. They didn’t think for just now but also for what will be the consequences of their decision and for that I am thankful because if they didn’t took the time to decide and just outright jump to a relationship right away I would have lost it.
4 Royal Stars because this shows that no matter what happens if you truely are for each other, no amount of unhappiness and messed up decisions will keep you apart.
PS. This is actually a 4.5 so keep that in mind, highly recommended! Good job, Christine!
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. Her second book, His Wounded Light was released in December, 2013. Christine’s third book, Insipid, is a standalone that was released in June, 2014, and her fourth book, In This Life is scheduled for 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.
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Listen to the songs that inspired the story of Anna, Dante and Jude.
That’s all guys! Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. 😉