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“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.
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.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Xpresso Tours, Vesuvian Books, and Christine Brae for this free copy.
Content Warnings: Thoughts of Suicide, Depression, Adultery
This is definitely not a typical book that I would read, but I am glad that I ended up taking a chance on it. The style of this book was almost written as a love letter to the man that brought her passion again, during a time where she was at her complete lowest. There were times where she was angry at him for making her fall for him despite her being married with a son, and him with a fiance. She assumed that he was hitting on her before he revealed that he was engaged, and she just has a lot of thoughts going on in her head. She’s been having a hard time since her mother passed away, and her depression is really showing. Her 10 year old son can even see that something’s wrong with his mom, but he doesn’t know how to help.
I think this would be a good book for women that are looking for a way to find passion in their lives again, and maybe they can see which path to take that would help them. I know I have had some times where I thought about going away, leaving everything behind, and some of this book spoke to me on a few levels.a Rafflecopter giveaway https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js
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