Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel



After her husband's sudden death over ten years ago, Kate Waithman never expected to be lucky enough to find another love of her life. But now she's planning her second walk down the aisle to a perfectly nice man. So why isn't she more excited?

At first, Kate blames her lack of sleep on stress. But when she starts seeing Patrick, her late husband, in her dreams, she begins to wonder if she's really ready to move on. Is Patrick trying to tell her something? Attempting to navigate between dreams and reality, Kate must uncover her husband's hidden message. Her quest leads her to a sign language class and into the New York City foster system, where she finds rewards greater than she could have imagined.

MrsNorthman's Review

“Loss colors everything.” 

Kate lost her husband twelve years ago in a tragic accident and it’s been really hard for her to let him go. She’s convinced herself the best way to move on is to accept her boyfriend Dan's proposal. But she has some doubts that are only made worse by the vivid dreams she starts having of her dead husband and a deaf girl that could be her daughter. Making the decision to take sign language classes to be able to communicate with the girl in her dreams really opens her eyes and leads her to a place she didn’t expect.

I love a sad, sappy story any day but this one was a little much at times. It was riddled with clichés and the dreams were weird to me. I realize Kate didn’t want to let Patrick go, that they had a rare love, but to be where she was twelve years later felt unrealistic. Then she accepts Dan's proposal and it feels like they know nothing about one another. How do you date someone and never talk about your past or the fact that you might want children, especially when it’s a deal breaker? What I really liked was Andrew. The story was better the moment he entered Kate's life.

3/5 Fangs

*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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