Friday, June 12, 2015

The What Ifs

The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel
: December 30, 2014 by Gallery Books
I normally try to write my reviews as soon as I finish a book so its fresh in my mind. Except that didn't happen here. In fact I've already finished reading the book I started once this was finished. Thankfully this is a book I can't imagine forgetting, although exactly what I wanted to write here is a little foggier. I did love this book though, and already am regretful I may not be able to do it justice here.

Within the first few pages of this book Kate looses her first husband becoming a window. The next chapter is 12 years later and Kate just accepted her fiance's proposal when she starts to have visions of what her life could have been like. Except neither we, as the reader, nor Kate are sure if what we're seeing is merely a dream or some type of alternate reality.

I absolutely loved the chapters where Kate was able to see her potential life, and any time I saw that was the next chapter I knew I couldn't put the book down. I do wish the book explained a little better what was happening with them though. It does still wrap the story up, but while they may not have been that necessary, I was still left with a few questions.

I think after loosing my own mom several years ago, I've started to really enjoy reading about death because it helps me process my feelings a little better. This was definitely the case here. While I haven't been in Kate's exact situation, I was able to relate and understand a lot of her thought process.

Overall I loved my time with this book and thought it was a great escape. Yes, it does deal with somewhat of a heavy topic, but I still found it light and fluffy enough to qualify as "chick lit".


Disclosure: I was provided this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. that would be most interesting seeing visions. Though I am not sure if I would like not knowing if it was a dream or an alternate reality! Sounds like a good book!

  2. This sounds like a really good book and I will make a note to pick it up.