Book Review: The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel

The Life IntendedTitle: The Life Intended
Author: Kristin Harmel
Publication Date: December 30, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher
Format: E-ARC
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary romance/a little paranormal

From the author of the international bestseller The Sweetness of Forgetting, named one of the Best Books of Summer 2012 by Marie Claire magazine, comes a captivating novel about the struggle to overcome the past when our memories refuse to be forgotten.
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.

What an inspirational story The Life Intended is!  I've seen P.S. I Love You and loved it!  So when I heard that The Life Intended is similar to it, I knew I had to read it.  I cried a few times because I really connected with Kate.  Her struggles were real and heartbreaking.  I defiantly learned that sometimes we don't always get what we want when we want it.  But if we continue looking and believe in ourselves, we will eventually find our happily ever after.

Kate Waithman hasn't gotten over the death of her husband, Patrick.  It's been 10 years since he died, and Kate has never been the same.  She has a boyfriend who she has been with for a while.  But when he proposes to her, Kate starts having doubt about their relationship and some really weird vivid dreams of Patrick start coming to her while she sleeps at night.  They are pretty real and vivid and they start to really mess with poor Kate's head.  In her dreams, Patrick is still alive and they have a daughter together.  Like I said, Kate starts questioning everything about her relationship including her career path.  She is a music therapist and in her dreams, her daughter is hard of hearing.  The funny thing is that in the dreams she communicates with her daughter via sign language, which she has no idea how to do in real life.  She takes this as a sign and signs up for a class on how to use sign language.  This is where things really start to change for Kate.

The Life Intended was an unexpected great read.  I went in thinking that it was going to be just an "OK" story, but to my surprise, it was fantastic!  I love it when a book does that to me.  And that twist in the end? LOVED IT! I definitely didn't see that one coming.  This was such a wonderful book and I can not wait for you to start it and tell me what you think!


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