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.
Author: Christine Brae
Part of a Series: Yes. The Light in the Wound #2
Release Date: December 8, 2013
No. of Pages: 344 pages
Price: Free (copy provided by author)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Chick Lit
The Cover: Featuring the Eiffel Tower, and the red lock from the bridge area, etched with Alex + Isa (Read the book if you can’t relate), the cover was very significant, and luckily, very related to the story. I love covers like these which may be simple, but turns out to be connected with the story. It’s like a peak into what’s in store for the readers. I love it! (5 out of 5 stars)
The Story: Just like The Light in the Wound, this sequel was also fast-paced, and very detailed. I’m having a hard time believing that ALL my questions from The Light in the Wound and this sequel were all well answered within 344 pages. Questions like “What happened to Jesse after his apparent break-up with Isabel?”, “Was Jesse able to get over Isa? What aided him to forget or move on from her?”, “What’s in store for the married couple? What awaits their life as time goes on?”. These are just three of the many questions that ran through my mind. Luckily, all of them were answered as my reading of this book progressed. I was able to finish this book in two to three sittings, which is actually a good thing because I usually finish a good book within a week. If someone was to ask me how to describe this book in one word, I would say it’s FLAWLESS. (5 out of 5 stars)
The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* Hooray for the legit happy endings! I am so, so happy and contented with the ending. Although, there were times when I doubted Isabel’s judgement and all, I actually truly am happy for her Alex, and the whole family. Including Jesse, who turned out to have found his great love. Everything was so fulfilling and seeing them (or imagining them, hehe) all happy and very satisfied with their lives just made me tear up. I love books like this, with impressive character developments, fast-pacing stories, and a complete set of characters as the story concludes (I mean, come on. It’s okay for death to find some characters, but I would love the book better if in the end, all the characters are still alive and well. Right?). Thank you, Christine Brae for giving Isabel, Alex, Jesse, and everyone else a fantastic life after this sequel. I will love you eternally for doing this book justice. 🙂 (5 out of 5 stars)
Additional Insight: The standards were set high for this sequel. The Light in the Wound was a great start for this duology. And to be honest, I was kinda scared as I was reading the pages of this book. I felt like the ending might not be up to par with what I expected. And indeed, I was wrong, Christine Brae really did the story justice. There were no longer questions in my mind as I finished reading Alex, Isabel, and Jesse’s story. There might have been some small queries, but nothing major. Nothing that changed my opinion for the book as a whole. And to add, let me just tell everyone how fast I finished this book. I started one December night, and I immediately finished it after 22 hours. Which is very unusual for me, unless I have the “reading slump” syndrome. But, with this book, I was completely immune to it. I felt absolutely curious with the story that I literally can’t put it down, thus, the fast reading pace. It was just that good. (++)
The Verdict: I already miss Isa and Alex’ story. I’ve finished reading this book last December, and I am still feeling a hole in my heart. It feels like something’s missing. I feel incomplete. I don’t know why, but that’s usually what happens to me after reading an impressive book. I will surely read this again, and I NEED TO FIND PHYSICAL COPIES OF THIS BOOK!!! Oh my god!! And, I seriously can’t wait to meet the wonderful author, Christine Brae, on September for MIBF 2015. ♥ (5 out 5 stars)
“Despite all the love and support that I have from my family, I feel deserted. I’m abandoned. Their consoling words, their heartfelt touch, their bereaved tears. They don’t do a thing for me; they do nothing to stop me from breaking.” – Isabel Amarra
“No, Issy. I’ve spent twenty years of my life loving you. You were always enough. I took you for granted and lost sight of what we had. When I lost you, I lost my focus. My sole purpose was to get you back and I lost so much time. I should have realized that you chose him because you wanted to. Because you belong to him.” – Jesse Cain
“As long as you don’t turn go all Christian Grey and handcuff me to the cockpit, I’m good,” – Isabel Amarra
Excerpt From The Book:
“I don’t want him to regret. I want him to get better so he can move on and be happy. It hurts to accept that I wasn’t enough for him. Just like I wasn’t enough for you.”
“No, Issy. I’ve spent twenty years of my life loving you. You were always enough. I took you for granted and lost sight of what we had. When I lost you, I lost my focus. My sole purpose was to get you back and I lost so much time. I should have realized that you chose him because you wanted to. Because you belong to him.”
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About the Author:
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. She is currently working on her third book which she hopes to release in June 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. You may reach her through the links below.