“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.”
In This Life is not your typical romance novel written by a Filipina! I was enveloped in Anna, Dante and Jude’s story that even a few days after reading it, I was still speechless.
Up until this moment, I couldn’t find the words to describe what it was but i’ll try. In This Life is where you can see Christine’s growth in her writing style. It was intricate and poetic. Beautifully written that had all my strings tugged.
It is a book long-savored that is about love, family, making sacrifices and finding one’s self. The wordplay is good and I have been highlighting what seems about 60% of the book. I like how it hooked me by 2% in and how it opens with the main character’s monologue that made me laugh and smile. Way to go on Anna’s humor, Christine!
The storyline is not what you’ve conceived it to be from the beginning. The twists and turns of the events made me feel the feelings i’m not supposed to feel anymore. I lived Anna, Dante and Jude’s story while I was at it. I must agree that this is Christine’s best book. A gripping story you just never forget.
The characters’ development and growth is also evident in the book. For the first part of the story I sometimes find myself shouting at Anna for being so selfish and always putting what she wants first but along the middle part and through the end, the loopholes of the characters’ attitudes was given clear closure. Also, the sacrifices that was made and offered was given justice. This is one of the most melancholic books i’ve read. Depressing but with a light at the end of the tunnel. You’ll cry? Yes. But you’ll be okay. I promise.
Anna, Dante and Jude’s story earned a special place in my bookworm’s heart. It made me look at life at a different perspective and I liked that. I was shaking and crying while and after reading their story. So… I am now bequeathing the story to you my blog readers. Their story needs to be heard.
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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. 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.