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The Next Breath

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  23 reviews
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 per
Kindle Edition, 313 pages
Published August 11th 2014 by PMI Books
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
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
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! The writing alone drew me in right away. I loved the author's use of fun, unique analogies. I enjoyed the various characters with their different personalities and meaningful conversations. I especially enjoyed reading Robin's dreams; the way they were all jumbled, like dreams usually are, and how she was struggling to make sense of her life through them. I loved the play sequences within this story and how emotionally jarring and profo ...more
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, requested
I was really excited when I got invited to read The Next Breath. This book is technically a sequel to another book by Laurel Osterkamp that I really enjoyed, The Holdout, but it can be read as a standalone. It provides enough refreshers of what happened for readers to get the gist. (That being said, you should still totally read it. You can check out my review here but I digress). I'm happy to say that makes this book the third by this author that I've thoroughly enjoyed.

Osterkamp has a great wa
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Next Breath is a wonderful story about love, loss, struggling with the past, acceptance, and learning to move forward.

Author Laurel Osterkamp weaves an engaging tale set in West Des Moines, Iowa, and told in the first person narrative by Robin Bricker, who takes the reader on an emotional journey that alternates from the past to the present, as she struggles with the memories of a traumatic past relationship that prevents her from moving forward with her current relationship.

The reader was f
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’ve read The Holdout by Laurel Osterkamp but that’s the only one of her books I had read so far. The Next Breath has the same characters as The Holdout but stands completely on it’s own. I was excited to get back to these characters I’ve gotten to know a little and see some things from Robin’s past that I hadn’t known about before.

In this book Robin is dealing with a lost love from when she was in college. She’s starring in the play he wrote and she’s dealing with a lot of emotions that she had
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t really know what I could expect about ‘The Next Breath’. After reading the description I really couldn’t imagine what this book would be really about. I expected to read about a girl struggling with her feelings for two different guys, I expected hurt feelings and tears but what I didn’t expect was to be completely blown away by this story. From the moment I started reading this book I was completely compelled. This story is told from Robin’s point of view and alternates from the presen ...more
Susan Anderson
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-story
Once again I’m coming down from the high of reading a book by Laurel Osterkamp. This novel, THE NEXT BREATH, is the story of Robin Bricker, her loves, her losses. She loves Nick Davies. But—and it's a central but—she cannot help thinking about Jed, her college sweetheart and the playwright of “The Next Breath” which Robin is rehearsing and starring in.

The book is aptly titled. It left me breathless with wonder at the story and the structure, the themes of love and loss inextricably bound in an a
InD'tale Magazine
This story draws the reader in with the mystique of Robin’s relationship with Jed.

Read full review in the 2015 February issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Kathy Cunningham
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Technically, THE NEXT BREATH is a sequel to Laurel Osterkamp’s THE HOLDOUT – both books feature the same protagonist, thirty-something Robin Bricker, a campy fashion designer with relationship issues. In “The Holdout,” Robin juggles an embarrassing appearance on a Survivor-themed reality show with a stint on jury duty; both experiences teach her a lot about fairness and justice. “The Next Breath” takes place a few months later – she’s dating Nick Davies, the real estate agent (and wannabe musici ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review first appeared at Fantasy is More Fun.

My Initial Reaction...
I was both excited and nervous picking up The Next Breath, after how much I loved The Holdout - I didn't want anything to spoil that memory. Well, The Next Breath didn't disappoint. It was different from The Holdout, but in really fantastic ways!

The Characters...
I love Robin, the main character from whose point of view The Next Breath is told. She has a really unique personality and lots of little quirks that make her a
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is going to be an extremely hard review to write. My head hurts my eyes are bothering me because my contacts hate when I cry also I think a part of my soul just died. So here is to hoping I can somehow put words into a sentence and make actual sense.

I went into The Next Breath completely misinformed.
I thought this was a series book and I was somehow jumping in. This is NOT the case people not by a long shot. While Osterkamp has several books out involving these characters they are in no way
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
I don't think I've ever read anything quite like The Next Breath. It was a truly inventive and unique story, and one that I'll never forget. I have been a fan of Laurel Osterkamp for a while now, and The Next Breath just reinforces why I like her books so much.

The Next Breath is Robin's story of finding love in college, the kind of love that changes your life. Osterkamp alternates between past and present day---I love that style of storytelling because it's like reading two stories in one book.
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
another of Laurel Osterkamp’s books, The Holdout. I flew through The Holdout because it was engaging and enjoyable to read, and I hoped that I’d be similarly sucked in to this book, especially since it’s a sort of companion piece (though you don’t need to read one to enjoy the other). When I like a book by an author, I’m always a little nervous about starting another of their books because I don’t want to set my hopes too high. I needn’t have worried in this case, though, because The Next Breath ...more
Daphne Bois
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having enjoyed the first book in the series, The Holdout, I was very pleased to see that another had been released. This story follows on from the first, only now Robin and Nick are in a relationship that’s getting quite serious, and Robin may be getting cold feet as memories of a tragic earlier love resurface with an old play.

To make things worse, she can’t quite share this past with Nick.
This story is about the lasting power of love, and it’s beautifully written. The prose is elegant and the e
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Robin knows she loves Nick, but she also knows that he doesn’t know everything about her. He doesn’t know her past pain and why this play is so important to her. The love she still feels for her college boyfriend, Jed, plagues her dreams. Unfortunately, she doesn’t feel she can tell Nick about Jed or that she will probably always love him. Her dreams and memories continue to come back to her all they while she is trying to deal with her relationship with Nick. Can Robin reconcile her feelings an ...more
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Before reading this book, I read the earlier book, so I was prepared for this story. However, though I enjoyed it, I found it moved along slowly and I felt very little connection to the characters. I still do not understand how Robin could spend so much time with Nick and never tell him about her relationship with Jed, especially since he had such an impact on her life and was still constantly in her thoughts. I understood how Nick felt and empathized with him after Robin finally told him about ...more
Henry Simpson
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I first met Robin, the protagonist of this book, in Holdout, in which she quit her day job to participate in a highly competitive Survivor-like TV reality show, performed well, and became a minor celebrity among the viewing audience. She proved herself strong-willed, able, willing to take her lumps, no shrinking violet. This book presents another side of Robin, and its subject is completely different, namely, love; more specifically, sorting out two different relationships at two different times ...more
Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
"We're sharing this blandly remarkable moment, and I'm already feeling nostalgic, because life, unlike love, is finite."

There are some books, that you just don't think you will fall in love with, but sometimes you do. There are others that you blatantly dislike, but the Next Breath was neither. From the very first words on, I knew (and I was right) that this would be a book that would haunt me for some time to come.

There was SO much about it- the honesty and simplicity that each character had- H
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This continues the story of Robin Bricker and Nick, the man she met while serving on jury duty in The Holdout, but it is a much different story. In this one she is starring in a play written for her by a lost love from her college days, which brings up many memories of her life with Jed, who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis. She is having a hard time telling Nick about her relationship with Jed, and the fact that she is still missing him. The book goes back and forth between the present day, her co ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was something new for me. I usually stick with thrillers, westerns, sf, or mysteries. I'm glad, though, that I accepted this one.

Robin is a young woman wrestling with her own demons. She loves Nick, but also the boy froiend from her college days. Jed, a young man plagued with Cystic Fibrosis, writes a play, finishing it just before he passes away.

Robin has the play and promised to star in it some day. The tale alternates present with her college days and bits from the play. She struggl
Julie Powell
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was sent this book for review and although I don't usually read romances, this story engaged me from the start, not least due to the excellent writing.

This author brings alive her characters and it was good to read the second book about Robin.

Themes of love and loss mingle with acceptance and varying relationships, all of which ring true and touch the heart.

A very well written story, filled with realism and humour.
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Laurel Osterkamp has crafted a wonderful story. I love her writing and it touched me in so many ways. Robin’s story is heart-breaking and I cried reading it. The memory of Jed – that always comes and goes – is something that gives the book a very nostalgic tone and you have to turn the pages to find out what happens next. The next breath is one of the best books I’ve ever read, full of love, sadness and sweetness from the very first words. Don’t miss it!
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-tour, arc-read
Flawless and realistic characterisation, a heart-breaking plot and clever use of different timelines, The Next Breath is a joy to read.

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