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.
*** Three Star Review ***
This story was destined to be an emotional roller coaster. The synopsis drew me in. I was all set to possibly need tissues.
The story starts out wonderfully. It pulled me in. I was intrigued. Anna and Dante's friendship was borderline crossing over from friends. It just sat there on the edge. Then she meets Jude. She is drawn to him. He intrigues her. There friendship and relationship slowly buds.
Fast-forward five years later... This is where the story fell apart for me. I just don't get the characters. None of them. The decisions they make. Their actions. They all just seemed to fall apart. I couldn't connect with them anymore. They lost their luster. I couldn't respect how they chose to let things play out.
I have mixed feelings on this book. On one hand I liked it but didn't love it. On the other hand I didn't like it but I definitely did not hate it. I am lingering in the middle with this one. I have so many conflicting thoughts about this book.
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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. .