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The Next Breath: A Robin Bricker Novel by [Osterkamp, Laurel]
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Length: 316 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews


Honorable Mention!  - 2015 RONE AWARDS (Women's Fiction)
"A thought-provoking tale that evokes many emotions!" - InD'Tale Magazine (5 Stars!)
 "Brought me to tears and had me contemplating how nothing is really permanent. I enjoyed traveling with Robin through her journey of letting go and holding on. -Reader's Favorite Reviews (5 Stars!)
"I haven't read a book that made me cry, like really cry, since The Fault in Our Stars. The Next Breath has now taken over that title!" -Kristen @ Shelf Life (4.5 Stars!)
"I can't praise The Next Breath and Laurel Osterkamp enough. I was starting to think I was numb. That somehow I really did break and wouldn't be able to cry myself into oblivion again. I was wrong...This is definitely going on the top 5 fugly cry books." - Autumn @ Paperrdolls (5 Stars!)
"Osterkamp's novel is not your typical (chick-flick) romance. Her approach runs much deeper... For readers looking for a plot that has thought provoking parallels to everyday life, The Next Breath is the next favorite read." - San Francisco Book Review (5 Stars!)
Praise for The Holdout:
"Compelling entertainment, like an episode of reality TV." - Kirkus Reviews
"Well-written and smart!" - San Francisco Book Review
"A fun, hard-to-put-down read, and fans of chick lit will definitely enjoy it!" - Indie Reader

From the Author

Thank you for considering The Next Breath. I loved writing this book, and I learned a lot about what people who struggle with cystic fibrosis go through, and what their loved ones go through as well. I read a lot of personal stories and was deeply moved by them. I tried to put that truth and beauty into The Next Breath.

Product Details

  • File Size: 953 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PMI Books (September 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is an exquisite tale of love and the heart and soul it takes to not only endure, but to move on where so many would fall- and that is true on many levels of this story. There are so many elements within, and they all come together to create an emotional roller coaster you'll have to ride again.

Prior fans of Osterkamp may already think themselves well acquainted with some of the characters (these people need to brace themselves), while newcomers will be introduced to the spectacular web of her works. The interwoven storylines and recurring characters allow readers to really get to know these unique and original 3-dimensional human beings. They are all so well written, it is easy to forget they are characters at all.

This is a whole new realm within the world Osterkamp has been adding to, with both a current and back story for one of my favorite literary women, Robin Bricker. I thought I knew her, but as the chapters flew by I was thrown by all I didn't know- so whatever your experience with Osterkamp's style, or her characters, for this time around I recommend an industrial box of tissues. Make that 3. Get ready to use "cry breaks" for sad, funny, happy, and mixtures of emotion I don't have the words for. That aspect was a first for me, as were the breathless moments that left me gasping.

"I don't think I'll ever have the words to describe all the ways I've died."

Haunting, isn't it? Read the book!
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This is going to be an extremely hard review to write. My head hurts my eyes are bothering me because my contacts hate when I cry also I think a part of my soul just died. So here is to hoping I can somehow put words into a sentence and make actual sense.

I went into The Next Breath completely misinformed.
I thought this was a series book and I was somehow jumping in. This is NOT the case people not by a long shot. While Osterkamp has several books out involving these characters they are in no way a series. You can read any of her novels and not feel like you are missing something huge ( so im told. Though I have to say that was my experience with The Next Breath. ANOTHER thing I got wrong was I thought this was a book about a girl dating a guy with CF and then meets another guy. Love triangle you know how it is. Yep thats not what this is about at all.

What its really about is Robin dealing/healing with the loss of her first love. Her college sweetheart and best friend. 10Ish years after they met. I don’t think i’m spoiling anything by pointing that out. Shes now in her 30s dating an incredible guy only shes kept Jed (College boyfriend) kind of a secret. Clearly this wont be a secret for long because just before Jed died he wrote a play. She promised to read it after he passed and if it was good she would find someone to bring it to life and even star in it. So now is the time. The play drew from their life together and then it morphed into something else. It was beautiful.

The story alternated between the past and present. But always in Robins point of view we are there when she meets Jed, when they fall in love, and when he dies. We are there when she loves Nick, changes, heals and is heartbroken. Her joys were my joys her heartbreak was my heartbreak.
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Laurel Osterkamp has crafted a wonderful story. I love her writing and it touched me in so many ways. Robin’s story is heart-breaking and I cried reading it. The memory of Jed – that always comes and goes – is something that gives the book a very nostalgic tone and you have to turn the pages to find out what happens next. The next breath is one of the best books I’ve ever read, full of love, sadness and sweetness from the very first words. Don’t miss it!
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I first met Robin, the protagonist of this book, in Holdout, in which she quit her day job to participate in a highly competitive Survivor-like TV reality show, performed well, and became a minor celebrity among the viewing audience. She proved herself strong-willed, able, willing to take her lumps, no shrinking violet. This book presents another side of Robin, and its subject is completely different, namely, love; more specifically, sorting out two different relationships at two different times in her life.

The narrative is set primarily in the present, but alternates from present (self-employed, amateur actor) to past (drama student college years, a decade ago), telling parallel stories involving love interests. Nick is her current beau, Jed was while in college. She fell for Jed back then, cannot quite get him out of her heart and let go. The memory of him burdens her today, as if he were still in her life, which is no longer possible.

Back then, Jed wrote a play, and now Robin is rehearsing and eventually performs the play. The play echoes the Jed-Robin romance, adding a layer. Dream sequences add another.

Osterkamp tells this story in first-person, present tense, from Robin's point of view. Robin is a bright, articulate young woman, self-absorbed, acutely tuned in to her emotions and reactions to others and the external world (gestures, movements, items of clothing, etc.). This should appeal to readers who like a close, intimate narrative.

In addition to the clever plot architecture, Osterkamp writes well and creates a likable character in Robin.
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