Monday, November 18, 2019

Book Review: 'In This Life' by Christine Brae

Chicago, Illinois author Christine Brae is a full time career woman who has successfully entered the literary realm with her four books. Her books are introspective, poignant and worthy of full attention to those who watch for fresh exciting talent in the romance genre.

The reader becomes immediately involved with Christine’s main character n the first paragraphs of her novel – ‘“One for me, please, Miss.” The smiling boy reached out his bony arms before me. I resisted the urge to squeeze liquid sanitizer into his hands before dipping the ladle into the steaming cauldron to fill his filthy cup. It had been a long day, doling out watered down chicken noodle soup in the makeshift shelter supported by flimsy poles set into the sand. One of three white tents for food, medicine, and emergency medical care. “They need their daily dose of grace,” I muttered, convinced of my purpose for being there. It was a typical day in Thailand, five days since I arrived on this medical mission.”
The synopsis manages to distill the story well, though in no way replacing the pleasure of discovering all of these facts in a good evening’s read – ‘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.’

The lady knows her way around character development and manages to ensnare our committed attention throughout this fine book. A perfect read for a winter evening. Grady Harp, December 16
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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