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January 30, 2017

Review: In This Life by Christine Brae #MondayBlogs

by MK French

November 2016; Vesuvian Books; 9781944109387;
ebook & print (334 pages); romance
a free book was provided for this review
In Christine Brae's In This Life, Anna Dillon and her best friend Dante go on a medical mission trip to Thailand before she enters medical school. While there, she meets Jude Grayson and they have a brief but passionate affair. Though he promises to keep in touch, he never does. Anna can't quite get over him, and tries to move on with Dante. This almost works, but then she encounters Jude again by chance and her old feelings are reawakened.

The emotions conveyed in this book are so raw and almost uncomfortable to read at times. There's no "hero" in the book; they are all flawed and approachable in different ways, recognizably human even as they try to improve.

"It wasn't a love triangle; she wasn't confused, nor was she apologetic. She set out to prove to the world there are different kinds of love that can only be experienced once in a lifetime."

Anna is confused, though. There is love for two different men, in different ways, and she can't reconcile her own feelings with what she believes she should do.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever. 

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