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Book Review – The Year I Left by Christine Brae @XpressoReads #BookReview #BlogTour #contemporary

Many thanks to Giselle and Xpresso Reads for my spot on this Blog Tour.

This was a difficulty book to review as I went through various emotions as I read through it. It made me think back on my own life. Intense grief and severe clinical depression can make a human take decisions which they normally wouldn’t have.

Caris Frost was not happy. Her mother had died, and her marriage was not working. Her life spiralled down. She was barely hanging on, only her son Charlie gave her pleasure. In such darkness that her life had become, Matias entered and she began to live. They went to Asia for a work project, and in the debris of the storm, something new was decided by both of them.

My first book by Christine Brae pulled me in different directions. The author’s writing was smooth, she told me the story of a woman, in grief, who had lost herself trying to do it all. I could feel the envelop of sadness around her, I could feel her soul literally soffocating. Her bold move did give her happiness, and she began to emerge out of her shell.

This book made me think. So many times I too have thought to do what the main character did. But I would never to do that. Because of the varied decisions Carin and I would take in life, I couldn’t begin to connect to her. Initially, I identified with her, but then I moved away. But to each, his or her own. I want to say I liked Matias, but I felt he was just a catalyst in the book for me.

For me, love between them happened in the last line of the last chapter. That was the exact time when I saw hope and happiness sending its tiny tendril between the two. I could feel both the characters had matured, and as Matias said

It was a promise of a new beginning.

I received a free ARC from Giselle and the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

All my reviews can be read here

Christine Brae was born and raised in the city of Makati, Philippines before she met and married her best friend who whisked her away to Chicago over twenty years ago. Since then, Christine has established herself as a full time career woman, holding a senior executive position in one of the largest global advertising agencies in the world. She is the author of six novels, has an established fan base and a dedicated following. Her titles have consistently ranked in the Top 100 months following their release.


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.

Publication Date: 3rd September 2019

Publisher: Vesuvian Books

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