*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Going into this book, I was expecting an emotional read and a second chance at love. In essence that’s what I did get, just not in the form I was expecting.
Wrynn lost her husband when he was deployed with the army, left alone with their three daughters, she had to pick up the pieces and move on, which is easier said than done. It also didn’t help when Wrynn had the mother-in-law from hell breathing down her neck.
The story was told in Wrynn’s point of view and split into chapters between the past and present. The present being Wrynn trying to live her life for the girls without having Tripp in it and the past chapters were of her life with Tripp from the moment they met, fell in love, married and had their daughters. I must say as I was reading the book, I assumed the story was going to be about Wrynn finding love again, so as I was reading, I was forever waiting for a new character to be introduced, I was waiting for the romance to start. Obviously, that's on me for going into the story with a pre-conceived idea.
When I was reading the past chapters, they were told in summary almost, a fleeting glance through the years of the love between Wrynn and Tripp, obviously by this point I was expecting something else, so perhaps that’s what stopped me making a connection between the characters and caring for their love story. I didn’t understand the point the author was getting at by going over the past and that wouldn’t become clear until the very end but unfortunately for me, I had lost the connection by then.
When the main event occurred, it was almost a little anti-climatic for me. I understood the need for the back-story and to live through Wrynn and Tripp’s history but I think because it took me that long to get there, some of the surprise had worn off. With that being said, if I had fallen for the characters then it is easy to see it as the sweet love story it is and it was an even sweet twist the author added to the end.
“Life would change for both of us soon, and we would have to make sure that we were prepared to face whatever tomorrow lay at our feet.”
Searching For Tomorrow, it a good debut offering from Kathryn Crane, there were many layers to the story and plenty of sweet moments along the way. I did find myself skimming when the details got to be too much and were slowing the story down but it was a heart-warming story with an even sweeter message.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love.”
Kathryn is a simple country girl who likes to spend time with her family. She was born and raised in North Carolina, and while she loves to travel, she can't imagine ever leaving the mountains that she has come to call home. She holds Jeremiah 29:11 very close to her heart and believes it with every fiber of her being. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Kathryn loves flip flops, chocolate, sweet tea and dirt between her toes. As far back as she can remember, she's had a book in her hand. Reading has carried her to places she will never go. It has introduced her to people that she will never meet. When life is great and when it is rough, she's always been able to find a book to carry her through. She finally decided to write down some of the stories in her head and heart after dawdling around and wasting years dreaming. She hopes you enjoy reading those stories as much as she loves writing them!
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