In this richly told story where Sliding Doors meets P.S. I Love You, Kristin Harmel weaves a heart-wrenching tale that asks: what does it take to move forward in life without forgetting the past? 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. (from Netgalley.com)
Sissy: Have you ever had one of those dreams where you’re back in high school, with an old boyfriend, or you’ve ended up with someone other than the one you’re with now? Usually I wake up from those dreams feeling relieved that it’s not true. But what if I lost the life I had now? Would I dream of it and wake up heartbroken? Probably.
Bubby: What was it that you told me the other day? About how your life would be if I didn’t exist? I believe that it had something to do with your life being likened unto a large pile of –
Sissy: Do you really want me to say it? Do you really want people to know what I say under duress?
Bubby: Nope. This is a G-rated (mostly) blog. You keep your potty mouth to yourself! Anyway, my point was that I , just like you, can’t imagine losing the people who mean the most to me. I can’t imagine losing my husband or any member of my family and trying to piece together a life alone.
Sissy: The cool thing about The Life Intended is that protagonist Kate’s dreams of her deceased husband Patrick are for a reason – a message from the beyond, if you will. She just has to figure out what he’s trying to tell her. I just love how you never guess as you’re reading it how it’s all going to come together.
Bubby: I guessed. I knew the whole plot right away.
Sissy: You did not!
Bubby: You’re right. I figured out a few things but Kristin Harmel writes so beautifully that I was sucked into the story and was content to let things unfold as I read. Kate’s new man, the one she’s planning on marrying, reminds me a bit of Gaston from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He’s so perfect on the outside – he’s handsome and wealthy and accomplished. But he’s not so perfect on the inside – and he’s not necessarily what Kate needs in her life. My husband, on the other hand, is perfect inside and out. (He brought me 2 dozen roses last week for no reason. Top that!)
Sissy: For no reason? Or was it that you threw your quarterly fit?
Bubby: I think you are confusing me with yourself, dearest. I do not throw fits. Say something useful about the book now, would you?
Sissy: The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel is an emotional journey that leads you to a wonderful place, although you might fret a little before you get there. I highly recommend this book.
Bubby: A little sorrow, a lot of twists and turns, and a perfectly lovely, although quite surprising, happy ending.
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