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Review: The Life Intended

The Life Intended - Kristin Harmel

Have you ever had a dream so vivid you wake up believing that dream world exists? Or feeling the same emotions you felt in the dream? The Life Intended is a dream I didn't want to wake from. I was invested in Kate and her story and just wanted to know more. 


After losing her husband, Kate has a hard time moving on despite the encouragement from her sister, best friend and mother. When she finds herself engaged almost twelve years after her husband's death, it becomes clear that she is not quite ready to move on. Cue the dreams. 


This book is about following your dreams, and your instincts. I really enjoyed Kate as a character, she is flawed, hopeful, and just a little bit crazy. Without giving too much away, I really enjoyed Kate and how she grows into her own. Even at 40 she realizes that life can be unexpected and sometimes you end up where you never knew you were supposed to be. 


It was very clear that the author had done her research regarding the foster system and has a basic understanding of therapy (music or otherwise) and that really helped bring the story to life for me. While I can usually forgive situations that aren't quite "realistic" (like people becoming foster parents overnight), it is really nice to read a story where I don't have to stop and fill in the blanks. Harmel does a wonderful job with balancing pertinent information with good story telling so it doesn't feel like I'm going to have to take a test when I'm done. 


I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever suffered a loss and come out the other side. It is heart wrenching, heart warming and all around heart filled. 


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.*