“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.
The Year I Left is a poignant and heartfelt novel by Christine Brae.
This is the first book of the author that I’ve read where it snatched me up and threw me in a rabbit hole to feel different kinds of emotions. I am saying that Christine Brae writes a touching story where you can relate as a woman. The narration is not slow and fast for me. It is flowing normally while letting you go with it thinking all the decisions and reasons of the character. The author has a way with words that makes you feel the story in every possible way, and I loved it.
I also loved the message on this book that was delivered through the experiences of Carin. She is courageous to take something for herself. She might look selfish, but we should not judge those people who do have the same situation as her. No one deserves to stay in a place where you are not happy just to let the people around you don’t judge you. In this world, everyone wants to feel complete and to find the missing pieces on our life, but in order to do so, some of us will undergo a different and sometimes, difficult situation just like with Carin. That is the problem of the story’s main character. Carin Frost is someone who has everything in her life – money, family, and career. But she feels incomplete even though she already has the things many women dreams to have. She has this urge to run away and leave everything she has just to look for something that will make her feel and give sense to her life. But when she met someone who takes her to a journey where she finds what she has been looking for, she contemplates because she knows the consequences of it. But, she also knows that it might be the answer to her questions about why she felt like that even though she has been living a perfect life.
The story is an excellent representation of how a woman felt loss but finds a way to save and bring herself back again. Her journey will surely make some readers relate to her. (SPOILER) This book moved me and inspired me. It broke me, yet it also fixed me. It touches me and makes me weep, so I’m telling you that no matter how you prepare yourself, you will still get yourself consumed by the story.
Though, I’d like to let you know that others might not like the story because of the characters and how they decide to do things. They are selfish, especially Carin, as she is still a wife and a mother. So, if you are avoiding this kind of character, I don’t suggest that you read this book. But, if you are willing to give this a chance and see it to the end, despite how irritated you might be with Carin and Matias, then you’ll see the reasons for their behaviors.
Overall, I liked this book! I don’t know how to describe and tell more about this novel because I felt like spoiling you. But, this story will surely make you cry and feel hundreds of emotion, and I recommend this book. I also recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an adult contemporary romance and women’s fiction.
Disclaimer: I received a reader’s copy via Xpresso Book Tours.
Depression, loss of a parent, having a relationship while married
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication Date: August 20, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction
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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