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In This Life by Christine Brae Review & GIVEAWAY



Title: IN THIS LIFE

 

Author: Christine Brae

 

Release Date: January 22, 2016

 

 



Synopsis

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.

Book Trailer


Guest Post

 

What inspired you to write this story?
People, places, things, me. I wanted to write a book about the lessons I learned last year.

How and why did you pick the settings for your story?
These are two places that are near and dear to my heart. Thailand is a beautiful place, an amazing place to fall in love. New York is my 2nd home next to Paris. I spent so much time there, I know it like I know the back of my hand. I had such wonderful times in NY, I wanted to write about them.

What was the most surprising thing you learned in writing this book?
I learned that I am as driven about making this book the best that it can be as I am with everything else in my life. It may not always be a good thing, but I learned so much about patience and humility with this book.

Fast Talk:
Last book you read? F*Love by Tarryn Fisher. You know, that’s all talk, right? She loves love.

Biggest pet peeve? Stop touching your nose and your ears and then me.

3 Favorite places you have visited? Boracay, Paris, New York

The craziest thing you have done for love? Can’t tell you because I’m still doing it.

Finish the sentence: In this life… there are different kinds of love.

 
Excerpt

“Blue,” he sighed, “I wish things were different.” The luster in his eyes was gone.

I rested my head on his chest as he clasped his hands together behind my back. There was nothing else for me to say. I too wished that everything was different, and yet I hoped that things would stay the same. I needed my mother at that very moment. I wanted to tell her that I understood. I wanted to ask her about these feelings. I wanted her to confirm whether this was love.

I lifted my head up to catch his lips slightly parted. “I have to call my mom,” I said.

He acknowledged the loss of the moment. “Sure. Let’s get back inside and you can use my phone,” he replied, continuing to hold me close while smoothing his hands over my hair.

“Gray?”

“Hmm?” he answered dreamily.

“I’m a little freaked out. There’s something rubbing against my leg.”

He lifted me up gently, turning the flashlight back on and handing it over to me. I settled my feet lightly in the sand, afraid to step on something I couldn’t see. He guided my hand and held the light a few inches above the water.

“Look,” he said excitedly. “They’re seahorses.” He reached his hands down just below the surface, enclosing them in the palms of his hands.

“Cool! Why are they tangled up with each other like that?”

“It’s their defense mechanism. Do you see how the male with the pouch is hanging on to her tail? He’s protecting her.”

I brought my face closer to the water.

“Hey, do you know what they say about seahorses?” Jude asked.

“No, but I know you’re about to tell me,” I teased.

“That they mate for life. One mate. One partner. For life.” He emphasized this fact.

“That’s just a myth. Nothing, no one, mates for life.”


Review

I love the seahorse. On the book’s cover and in the ocean. I’m supposed to write a review but really, I’m just crying as I write this.

My heart’s just so speechless. And I can’t think nor type as the keyboard’s all kinds of blurred.

I feel loved and hurt at the same time. Author Christine have that ability and I have a love-hate issue with that.

I think I’m not yet done being emotional. Hold a sec. *insert ugly cry*

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I think I can handle it now. Thank you.

Love can be deadly. It can enter your life only to destroy you. But God didn’t create that emotion to hurt his children. I don’t know what it’s exactly for. God haven’t talked to me directly.

I think…

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My favorite passage.

You see angels, I think everything has a price to pay. And for love, you have to get hurt and sacrifice some things just to have it because love is a full time job.

Yes. Author Christine taught me that love is a full time job.

She created a story full of life lessons and FEELS that I almost highlighted everything. And the twist? Oh my gee! The twist had my heart twisted in all angles.

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The characters were just all amazing. I love that Anna was made to be head-over-heart so I can learn that sometimes, it’s okay to be heart-over-head. To let go and be free and just love.

About the Jude and Dante, what do I say about them? They’re all kinds of hot and sexy as af but for me what stood out the most is their heart. Their passion and disposition in life. Every girl needs a Jude or a Dante. Or both.

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The hurt, the love, and the friendship will surely get your heart longing for Kleenex.

I hope the other characters in the story will have their own book. Especially Mikey. I love who he is and I sure as hell want to know what’s gonna be of him. Or Katie. She’s me, you know.

Rate: 6/5

—Angel Natalie


 

 Author Bio

 

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.

 

Giveaway

Giveaway: (1) – US Residents Only

*****
 Giveaway: (2) – Philippine Residents Only
*****
 Giveaway: (3) – Signed Copies
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