The perfect life.
The perfect marriage.
The jilted lover.
Their worlds collide.
Fate intervenes twelve years later and their paths intersect once again. All three will question whether the heart is truly capable of dividing and being divided; each will decide whether it matters who you loved first or who you love last.
Together they will learn that in the end, there can always only be one.
Whew… and that really means, I have absolutely no where to start with this review and I still have tears streaming down my face. Now before you start thinking it doesn’t have a good ending, just know, I love a good emotional release with a book. This one just kept them coming and here I am wondering how I am going to put the pieces of my heart back together. Dramatic of me, probably but once you read it you will know why. If you read The Light In The Wound by Christine Brae, you definatley don’t want to miss this follow up book! If you haven’t, you don’t want to miss it. If you haven’t read it, grab it now and devour it and while you are at it, one-click this one too!
Isabelle is living her happily ever after. She has been married for several years now and they have the best marriage, two amazing children and a love that cannot be broken. Spending their anniversary looking over a river and attaching their very own padlock to the bridge shows us the true emotion behind their love for one another. It seems to know no end. They have everything, but sometimes there is just one passion that can change everything in the blink of an eye.
Alex and Isabelle have found their forever in each other. They are the perfect match and it is so easy to see why. They just seem made for one another in every way possible. They are amazing together, with their children and in the bedroom, close that door–it is really steamy in there!
But everything that is so perfect doesn’t make for a very good read does it? Of course, because I want everything to be so perfect I was going into this book thinking, light, easy… and was hit upside the head the moment the world came crashing down around these two. Will the love they have for one another be enough to survive anything or will the dreams and the past be too much for them? Will a crazy twist of fate bring their world crashing down forever?
At one point in this book my heart was just so completely broken. I wanted Alex and Isabelle, Eddie and Maddy to have their happily ever after. I did not like where this was going because I wasn’t sure if I could take a broken heart. I was so engrossed in this book and I was so in love with the characters. I was a little sad when Jesse came back into the picture. Knowing all this time has passed and he was still carrying a torch for Isabelle… GAH!
This book truly brought the story full circle. First love, letting go, finding love, letting go, forgiving and finding your place in the world. It was emotionally gripping and moving, but there was so much passion in the pages of this book that it was undeniable and even after taking a break to regroup, I was immediately sucked back in. I couldn’t stop reading it until I knew what was going to happen.
One thing I truly appreciated from this book was the changing perspectives. You see everything in the beginning from Alex’s view, then Jesse’s and then Isabelle’s. Becuase of the multiple sides of the story, I couldn’t help but root for each of the characters for very different reasons. There is so much detail in this story and it just completly captured my heart and though my heart hurt for a time, it also found a way to mend it.
The struggles, the emotion, the love and the passion are all things that brought this book to a new level of appreciation in my eyes and I hated to see it end. The characters stole my heart and the writing just put me through the wringer and each and every moment of it was so worth it!
“Baby, remember that project that I’m working on with my dad? In Hong Kong? I have to be there for about two months. I plan to fly back on weekends.”
She tries to remain impassive but her tone doesn’t hide the concern in her voice. “Okay. Hold on. I’ll work with Penny on the events—I’m not worried, I can wear one or two of the gowns I just picked up this week and Penny will let me know whether it’s local or international. Let’s talk about that more when we get home.” She sighs and reaches for my hand as she continues, “Flying home every weekend is not only too risky to me, but more importantly, I might not make it being that far away from you for that long.” She puts on a pout and leans over to kiss me.
My wife has become quite an expert at representing the right image on these occasions. International means she wears clothes made by a local designer. Local means she can wear whatever she fancies from the fashion houses in Europe.
“Too risky? As in accident risky? Contracting a contagious disease risky? What?” I ask lightly.
“Too hard to explain. Please just let me plan this out.”
“I love this new you. The ‘I can’t live without Alex’ you.” I nibble on her ear as I lower her down on the seat against the wall of the booth. She moans and opens up her legs as I snake my hand up her dress. “Oh God. Here we go again. Isa, seriously? Why do you even bother to wear one?” My fingers skim across her barely-there thong underwear that give me complete access to her smooth, silky skin. And everything else inside it.
“I thought I’d make it easy for you all night,” she says, her voice low and sensual.
I’m told public loving isn’t such a big deal here.”
“I’m starting now. Then I’m finishing up inside of you sometime in the next hour or so.”
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Affected by her parents’ highly publicized divorce, Isabel grows up isolated and alone, with a resolve to never fall in love and repeat their mistakes.
When Jesse Cain enters her life, she falls hopelessly in love with him, and every sadness she’s ever felt is washed away by his intensity and passion. But people change as they grow up. Things can never stay the same forever.
Jesse and Isabel fight to stay together, determined to hold on to what they once had. Isabel wonders if a second love can ever be enough to make her forget her first.
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Christine Brae is a full time career woman 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. This is her second and final book in the Light in the Wound series. Her third book is scheduled to come out in late 2014.
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.