- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: Vesuvian Books (November 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1944109382
- ISBN-13: 978-1944109387
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 145 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,010,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In This Life Paperback – November 15, 2016
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About the Author
Christine Brae was born and raised in the city of Makati, Philippines before she met and married her best friend who whisked her away to Chicago over twenty years ago. Since then, Christine has established herself as a full time career woman, holding a senior executive position in one of the largest global advertising agencies in the world. She is the author of four novels, has an established fan base and a dedicated following. Her titles have consistently ranked in the Top 100 months following their release.
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In This Life was a beautifully crafted, raw, and emotionally stunning story by Christine Brae. It's all about fate and faith, sacrifices, letting go, overcoming tragedies in life, and finding one's self. This is my first Brae book, and I was captivated by her poetic writing style. I personally had a love-hate and bitter-sweet moments with this book and the characters. I get so emotionally affected that I sometimes forget that I was just reading a story and not inside of it.
The characters were too real to the point of getting pissed, agitated, hurt (and all other kinds of emotions) on their behalf. I came to the point of hating Anna for doing drastic and sudden decisions, for hurting people around her, and for not thinking clear, BUT I GET IT. I understand her. Dante and Jude, the other two main characters of the story, played their roles in the best way possible.
Dante, the best-friend, the underdog, the person you will surely fall for and the one who will get your sympathy until the end. I cried with him, I joined him on his sadness and griefs, I fell in love with his personality and undying love. I reveled in his passionate affection towards Anna until the end and it was just beautiful.
Jude, the lover, the confused and self-discovering man, and the person who will play with your feelings. After the first part of the book, I became loyal to Dante and was determined for Anna and his ship to sail that I forgot about the existence of Jude. BUT when he's in the picture, he was screaming "I'll ruin your ship!" and everything went chaos. He has something about him that even if he's too confusing, you'll still love him at the same time.
I don't know how in the world did Christine Brae made it work for these characters to be likable and hateful at the same time, but it worked! The plot twists also made me pause for few minutes, let the information fully sink into my brain processor, and think, before I recovered and went back to reading again.
There was the most hurtful part where I literally dropped my phone (thank goodness not on the floor), and cried. And there were the saddest (and hurtful at the same time) parts where I cried, ached, got shattered into million pieces of shards, became wounded and broken --- too afraid to never be whole again.
But in the end, I was granted with a great satisfaction, and I was left with a piercing and remarkable story to tell.
In This Life is a highly recommended new adult contemporary romance that I will surely reread in the future. I wish to tell so much more, but a single blog post is not enough. Congratulations Christine Brae for writing such a masterpiece!
Anna. She’s a great character and somehow I can understand where her anger is coming from. She was young and she can’t understand complicated things in life that can brought smiles and happiness to someone. At the other side of her character, she is irritating too but she knows what and who to prioritize. I love how Anna realize the she was loved by her mother, how everyone, surrounding her, loves her so deeply.
Jude. I like his personality, you can feel it by reading that he has a soothing side, that you wanted to be around him but I hate him — Not really to the point of ‘hate’, somewhere along ‘dislike’ . Why doesn’t he try to contact Anna earlier? What could happen if they met earlier? It really breaks my heart for Anna. I wanted to hug her and comfort her. But what could have done, right? A lot of my friends liked Jude but I never like him through and through. One of the good thing about Jude is that he is compassionate and he is determined but sometimes, things don’t go well in your life because the brain tells you what you want to pursue but your heart meddles because it beats for what you really desire.
Dante. Don’t start me with him. Dante is one of the characters that you will love till the end. No matter what happened or no matter what will the ending be. Dante is a best and forever will be a best friend of Anna and the secret lover at the same time. What I don’t understand is that Christine loves to make her readers in pain. No, you just don’t do that Christine. You just don’t break your reader’s heart into pieces and make it whole again and crushed it again. Do you know what is confusing on your characters? I don’t know who to choose to comfort or to give love or to understand. They are all have choices and those choices are so difficult. For Anna, for her love to Dante or for choosing what her heart beats for and what her brain tells her? For Jude, for choosing the path that he pursued for so long or to abandon it and choose the love that was already in front of him. For Dante, to be selfish and love Anna unconditionally or to let go of people because that’s how big his love.
It was an explosion of emotion, a steel made of tears and life. This book made me think how people accept things that could happen on their life. How they fight for the thing they wanted the most or how they continue on hoping that there will be light upon them. It was fantastical and divine. This book exceeded my expectations and this is one of those book that you can’t define nor describe if the ending is a happy ending or not. Maybe, it will be depending on the reader. And this book is the best among your books, Christine! No Doubt! Some, may hate or love this book but one thing is for sure. In this Life is a book that will teach you a lot about love, life and yourself. I am rating this book 5 freaking stars! This is not an ordinary book. It was, it is and it will ever be a masterpiece.
There was romance, angst, heartbreak and sadness, lots of surprises and an ending that was absolutely perfect them getting a HEA with a surprise!!!! I loved that Jude was able to stay in a profession that he would love and be happy but still be able to be with the love of his life!!
I loved all of the characters including all of their friends. The story line was easy to follow.
There was 2 guys one girl no cheating just right time wrong place and fate. She settled with the wrong one in the beginning for several reasons and eventually she found true love with her soul mate.
This book to me is more like a 6 or above I love it. I thought I loved the authors others books but omg this...I so loved, was so good!