Review: The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel *Giveaway*

Posted December 30, 2014 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review, Giveaway / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel *Giveaway*The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel
Published by Gallery Books on 12/30/2014
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author: How to Save a Life

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.


The Life Intended is a book that I had a feeling would bring out all the emotions, and it did.  This book is above and beyond what I expected.

Kate is a character that wants to move forward but is terrified of forgetting her late husband.  She feels guilty trying to be happy in life when her husband’s life was taken at such a young age.  She pretty much goes through the motions, and lets other people kind of make her decisions for her.  I’m not a big fan of her fiance.  He has some really douchey moments.  But I love that throughout this book Kate grows.  She makes mistakes, and seems a little crazy sometimes when she starts having dreams about her late husband, Patrick, and the life they could have had together.  She obsesses over it, but I think it’s vital in her learning to live again.

There were so many moments when my heart broke for Kate.  There are moments when those that are supposed to support her most give her the most grief over her choices.  She learns so much about herself through the dreams she has, and I applaud her for sticking to her own happiness.  There are so many people in the journey she takes that help her become the woman she is meant to be.

Harmel’s writing is beautiful.  You get swept away in her words, and find it hard to come back to reality while reading.  I will definitely be reading more from this author, and this book is definitely among my top reads of the year.


Favorite Quotes

“That’s one of my favorite things about music – that the same words, the same notes, can mean completely different things to different people.”
“‘But I also think goodness is something you choose. And not everyone makes the right choice, do they? Sometimes, just coasting along is easier than doing the hard work.'”



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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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