#BlogTour #Review ~~ The Year I Left by @ChristineBrae
The Year I Left
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: August 20th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction
“A thousand half loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.”
Carin Frost doesn’t understand what’s happening to her. A confident businesswoman, wife, and mother, she begins to resent everything about her life. Nothing makes sense. Nothing makes her feel. Maybe it’s the recent loss of her mother in a tragic accident. Or maybe she’s just losing her mind.
Enter Matias Torres. As their new business partnership thrives, so does their friendship—and his interest in her. Carin is determined to keep her distance, until a work assignment sends them to Southeast Asia where a storm is brewing on the island. In the midst of the chaos, Matias asks her to do something unimaginable, exhilarating, BOLD. Carin knows the consequences could be dire, but it may be the only way to save herself.
An honest look at love and marriage and the frailties of the human heart, this is a story of a woman’s loss of self and purpose and the journey she takes to find her way back.
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TERA’S 3 BLUSH REVIEW
Christine Brae is a fabulous writer. Eight Goodbyes was a top read of 2018 for me. Naturally, when the blurb for The Year I Left was released, I was so excited to pick it up.
The Year I Left opens with Carin, a very successful businesswoman with one son and her husband. However, despite having everything she could want, she wasn’t happy. It wasn’t easily explainable. She felt guilty about it. But she became indifferent. And I felt that. I felt Carin to her core. I was in love with this book. But then the plot twist came and part two happened. And the love I had for the story was quickly lost. I couldn’t be convinced that the love between Carin and Matias would ever make Carin be as okay with things as she was.
Matias did very little for me as a character. And the plot just fell flat. I just felt the plot twist was so unnecessary and maybe a little over the top for the situation Matias and Carin were in. I did feel the ending had a touch of redemption. Especially for Carin.
Where I didn’t so much love this particular story, I definitely feel many other people would. Without giving anything away, I would still suggest someone read it, and we could happily discuss this book. Christine Brae is a super talented author. You really can’t go wrong with her books. I think this book would be enjoyable for so many people. It just missed the mark for me.
Christine Brae is a senior executive with a full time career, 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. Christine has written six books since her first release in 2013. She is the author of The Light in the Wound and His Wounded Light (2013), Insipid (2014), In This Life (2016) and Eight Goodbyes (2018).
Her latest book, The Year I Left is scheduled for release in August, 2019.
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.
Christine is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management.
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