Derna’s Review ~ In This Life by @christinebrae




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.

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*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

This was my first book by Christine Brae and it won’t be my last. The synopsis caught my attention and it certainly made me want to read more about Anna Dillon, her best friend Dante, and Jude Grayson, the man she meets while volunteering in Thailand on a medical mission.

In This Life was an emotional read about love, loss, faith, fate, choices, secrets, and forgiveness. I liked Anna, but my feelings about did change a few times as I did questions her choices and didn’t always agree with them. I adored Dante and Jude both patient men when it came to Anna and the choices she was making.

I liked the author’s writing style and the way she made me care about the characters. Christine with her twists and turns, some I guessed some I didn’t absorb me into the story, as I need to know how it was all going to play out.

 “Remember that the mind is a powerful thing. You can convince yourself of anything. But at the end of the day, it’s your heart that you have to contend with. It doesn’t bend as easily as your mind.”

Overall, I enjoyed In This Life a touching story that shows love is not always easy and not always clear-cut.



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author-pictureChristine 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.

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