TITLE: The Next Breath
AUTHOR: Laurel Osterkamp
PUBLICATION: Published August 11th 2014 by PMI Books
GENRE: A > Contemporary | Realistic Fiction
PAGES: 313pages (kindle edition)
SOURCE: review copy via tour host
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I kiss him, choosing love over honesty, which is a choice nobody should ever have to make…”
Robin loves sweet, responsible Nick, with his penchant for Beethoven and Ben Folds Five. But she also still loves her college boyfriend Jed, an irreverent playwright plagued with cystic fibrosis. Now Robin is struggling to reveal her secrets and confront her past, as she finally performs in the play that Jed wrote for her, eleven years ago. Will Robin have the strength to keep her promise and stay true to her heart?
Alternating between present-day scenes, college flashbacks, and segments from Jed’s play, this tear-jerking yet uplifting tale illustrates how life is finite but love is infinite, and the road to recovery begins with the next breath.
I was not ready for all that tears.
Ever since I’ve read The Holdout by Laurel Osterkamp, I’ve been her fan. The Holdout brought me some laughs and a lot of life lessons, The Next Breath isn’t that different. Though, in here, there’s tears. Lots of them.
Osterkamp’s writing always gets to me. Her characters are authentic and incredibly real. Robin is someone I can identify with, which surprises me since she’s a lot older than me. Nick and Jed are both well written characters as well and both wonderful. I can feel and see Robin’s love for them. I’m glad that I feel like I experienced it too because of Osterkamp’s writing. I was with Robin all throughout the novel.
The story is… wow. Its deep and absolutely heartbreaking. Heartbreaking in some way but moving in a lot of ways. Robin’s story is something you read slowly so that you can feel everything she’s saying. Its engaging and I can’t help but devour it all.
The Next Breath is about loss and moving on. About choosing between holding back.. or moving forward. Laurel Osterkamp weaved a novel about love and family and she done it wonderfully! I’m blown away. Nothing but praise from me!!
Laurel Osterkamp becomes very attached to her characters, and it’s hard for her to stop writing about them. The Holdout, November Surprise, Blue State, Campaign Promises, American Angst and The Next Breath all feature the Bricker family, as their stories continue. (But you can read any of these books in any order.) You can find Laurel on Twitter but she needs to work on sending clever Tweets. A better idea is to follow her blog at www.laurelosterkamp.blogspot.com. Laurel teaches in Minneapolis, MN, where she tries to stay warm, spend time with her two nearly perfect children and husband, and find the time to write. Her other novels are Following My Toes and Starring in the Movie of My Life. Visit her at www.laurelosterkamp.com.
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