Review: In This Life by Christine Brae

Title: In This Life
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Published: January 22, 2016
Paperback, 314 pages
ISBN: 9781944109387
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher


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.

My Thoughts: 

In This Life starts off with Anna Dillon and her best friend, Dante, working a medical mission in Thailand. There she meets Jude, a man of mystery, and immediately falls head over heels for him. When an emergency calls her home, Jude and Anna make promises to see each again. Five years later and Anna hasn't heard a peep from Jude. She's moved on with her life and with Dante. Then one fateful day, Jude and Anna's paths cross once again, throwing both their worlds into turmoil.

Christine Brae is a new author to me, though she's written many books. After reading the summary I was ecstatic to give this book a go. The author's writing is good and the story line was intriguing. The one thing I did have a problem with was connecting with Anna. Her reactions seemed over the top at times. She was unapologetic about her decisions and while that can be empowering, it made her seem cruel and uncaring about who she hurt. 

For the most part I did enjoy reading this book. While the story did hold some problems for me, I would like to read some of Brae's other books because I did like her writing style. I'm glad I gave this book a chance even though I had mixed feelings about it.