Anna and Dante, best friends since college, go to Thailand to help people after a tusnami hit the country on December 26th, 2004. Then Anna meets Jude and both fall hopelessly in love with each other. Due to a sudden family emergency, Anna has to go back to the States. She leaves Jude behind in hopes of reuniting with him soon. But what Anna didn’t think of is this thing called life, which catches up to her faster than she expected.
In This Life was my first Christine Brae book and I am so glad I picked it up. Actually, Ashley told me to move it to the top of my TBR. She read it about a week before me and loved it. Ashley pretty much knows my book preferences and can tell me easily what books I would love and what books rather not. I trust her and I am so glad she made me read it.
In This Life was such a great book! I don’t want to get into too much detail, but this book literally wrecked me! It made me cry so hard. And not a few tears here and there. No! The ugly cry! Gosh, I was so devasted during some parts, I had to stop reading. I just couldn’t take it anymore, it was too much for my poor little sensitive heart. :’/
At first I had a hard time getting into the book but it got easier after a while.
I LOVED Dante, enough said! ❤ Anna on the other hand not so much. She was great in the beginning but I couldn’t take her and her decisions after a while. She turned out to be selfish and it made me so upset. Jude seemed to be nice, too but I am Team-Dante all the way, sorry Jude!
The plot twist of the book was something else, I didn’t see that one coming!
The book has a Catholic theme and although it doesn’t take over the entire book, it was a little too much for my taste. But this is just my own personal opinion on this matter. But looking back, this book wouldn’t make much sense without it.
I’m excited to re-read the revised version of this book soon.
I still think about the book and the characters from time to time. 🙂 So go ahead and read it – the book and the characters might stay with you, too. 🙂
“You are my madness, my sanity, my darkness, and my light. I will never know one without the other. I don’t want to live a life if it isn’t a life with you.”
I was lucky enough to discover Christine Brae’s In This Life through Tarryn Fisher’s Facebook group at the beginning of this year. Without Tarryn’s suggestion, I never would have known about Christine, which would have been a tragedy. Christine is one of the sweetest, most selfless human beings, and I’m happy to be able to call her a friend because of this book! In This Life remains one of my favorite books of 2016 because only a few books have made me feel as deeply as this one. I was invested in these characters- they were developed, human, and flawed. I didn’t feel as if this was a typical predictable, happy love story. Instead, it was filled with angst, heartbreak, lies, and love.
Prior to reading this story, I had never encountered a book that made me literally sob. Here is what I wrote on Goodreads immediately following the end of In This Life: “I’m not a big crier when it comes to books, but this book had me big time ugly crying. Christine Brae needs more love and recognition for this amazing work of art. Her words have touched my soul and will stay with me. My heart is still beating funny. Read this book. And Hollywood, make it a movie…a good one. ❤️”
Though some, like Sabrina, won’t find the Catholic aspect of the story to be their favorite. To me, it seemed very minor and added an extra element that was essential to the storyline. Without it, the story simply would not have been as good, in my humble opinion. I loved how Divine fate was woven so perfectly into the book without feeling overwhelming or preachy.
I cannot wait to do a re-read of Christine’s updated version and finally meet Christine face-to-face at The Bookworm Box on December 10th. Be on the look out for lots of pictures on our Instagram!
I cannot give this book a higher recommendation. The writing is beautiful, deep and emotional, which can help us evaluate our own morals and values as human beings. You will not want to put this one down.
By the way– TEAM JUDE! 😉
In This Life was initially released as an indie book in January 2016. The green cover you see at the beginning of our shared review is said indie book. In This Life was recently picked up by Vesuvian Media Group, and has been re-released with a new cover.