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Carin Frost doesn’t understand what’s happening to her. A confident businesswoman, wife, and mother, she begins to resent everything about her life. Nothing makes sense. Nothing makes her feel. Maybe it’s the recent loss of her mother in a tragic accident. Or maybe she’s just losing her mind.

Enter Matias Torres. As their new business partnership thrives, so does their fri
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Paperback, 284 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Vesuvian Books
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Ashley
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2019, loves
Absolutely loved every word. ❤️
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Christine Brae's lyrical writing spoke to my heart three years ago for the first time and continues to evoke soul-stirring emotions with her upcoming release, The Year I Left, today. Christine is leaving us with the legacy of six beautiful books to her name as she moves forward in life - this stunning story will be the final chapter in published books from Brae. Don't fret, friends, she's going out with a
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DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

That kiss destroyed me, gave me life, made me hopeful and sad at the same time.

I got lost somehow. I don’t know when. I don’t know where… I need to find myself… And then I’ll look for you.

I want you to know that my life only began when I met you, that I’d been waiting all my life for you and that finding you, loving you, has given me purpose, made me whole.

My Review:

This was not an easy read. It was, however, remarkably realistic in how frustrating and exasperating it can be for
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Debbie Oliphant
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author did a great job depicting a character who is untethered and feeling lost. Her affliction unfolds throughout the story with a vulnerability that keeps you engaged until the very end.
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
The Year I Left is a story for anyone who's ever felt lost and adrift in a life that no longer gives them what they need to thrive and grow and feel alive. A story for anyone who's ever felt the need for something more out of life. A story for anyone who's ever yearned for something they can't define or grasp but know they need like their next breath. It would be easy to say this is a story for women . . . and I suppose it is. But truthfully, I think it applies to both men and women. It's a stor ...more
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I was not so sure about this book for a while but it ended up being a good one. I read it really fast, I was so worried about the outcome. I had to know if Brae was going to tie up the loose ends with a bow are leave a mess.
I want you to grab a copy of this and you can thank me later.
Jennifer
The Year I Left is my first book by this author. I would categorize it as a combination between Women's Fiction and romance.

The book is divided into three parts. The main narrator is 35 year old Carin (1st person POV). She is married to Jack and has a 10 year old son Charlie.

Carin is a workaholic. But she is extremely unhappy. She can't stand being at home. She doesn't feel anything anymore.

I really was not sure where this book was headed. I got that Carin was depressed and unable to handle her
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Michele
The Year I Left was not an easy read. It was emotional in ways I wasn't quite prepared for. The heroine, Carin, was in a state of depression. I was shocked that her husband just went on status quo around her as if nothing was different. It never seemed like he tried to lighten her load. I guess maybe he did but not in the ways that she truly needed. Although, in fairness to Jack, I don't think she communicated her needs very well either.

I do think that for many women, some portion of this novel
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KFForever
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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5 Stars +++ ~ Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KindleFriendsForever

If I had to describe Christine Brae’s writing in one word, it would have to be magnificent. The flawless second-person singular narrative in past tense is a powerful one, taking the reader on a crushing journey from the protagonist’s perspective. In my opinion, using this inner thoughts method was brave as it could easily have isolated the other characters. This was by no means the case. And then came another delightful
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Patty Smith
Many thanks to NetGalley, Vesuvian Books and Christine Brae for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of The Year I Left. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy.

Carin is a successful business woman who is married to a good guy with a great kid. But, lately, a feeling of ennui has set over her whole life. She doesn’t know what has come over her until Matias walks into her life. As they begin to work together, Carin can’t concentrate on her job
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Amanda Jones
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Going into this book knowing it will be Christine’s last novel I have been slowing reading it to try and savor every word she’s written. She weaves an intricate tale of loss, love, family, regret and hope. This book is one that will stay with me long after the last page is read. A fitting final novel to an incredibly talented author.
Carlene Inspired
Find this review and others at Carlene Inspired. Giveaway to be posted 8/23.

Sometimes you finish a book and it stays with you in an uncomfortable way. It leaves you with heavy thoughts and feelings, it stirs you up a bit inside, it might even wake up a part of you that you were not aware was sleeping. The Year I Left is Christine Brae's final novel, a bit of a love story to the career-oriented business women who shine outwardly, but have ever dimming insides. It's a story of love, loss, depressi
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Bookphenomena (Micky)
1.5 stars.

I found the synopsis for THE YEAR I LEFT appealing. I like books with married couples, mid life troubles and the worries and stresses that evolve in a relationship; it’s real. That said, this book was way out of what I thought when I read that blurb and I’m going to try to pinpoint why it didn’t work for me. There might be some mild spoilers.

The protagonist, Carin is a workaholic, driven and hugely successful business person with a husband and son. They’re financially loaded as a fami
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Courtney
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
The Year I Left is the first book I have ever read by Christine Brae. This book came on my radar when I saw she was going to be a signing author at an event that I was attending the blurb hooked me immediately. I was one of the lucky readers attending that signing that won an advance copy of the book.

Without life and its fierce protection, death always seeps in.

This book alone makes me want to go back and read the other books that Christine has written. However, her other books have quite a
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Amy
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever read a book and inherently understand everything the main character is going through? I sure did as I read this wonderful, emotional, heartfelt, and passionate book by Christine Brae.

On the surface, it appears as if I have nothing in common with Carin Frost. She is a high-powered businesswoman, lives in a swanky home, and never has to worry about her checking account or her weight. Digging deeper, however, I connect with her. I understand her discomfort, her sense that her life–so pe
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Laura
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever read a book that just speaks to your soul? That you read so fast because you can’t slow down? That is The Year I Left, for me.

I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher. I must precede this with the fact that I’ve been with Ms. Brae from the beginning. I’ve read every one of her books. Most before publication. I haven’t loved every book I’ve read. I’ve got to be honest. But, to watch the way that Ms. Brae has grown as an author is...amazing. I realize that’s not a great descri
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Where do I begin for this review..... I laughed, I cried, and I yelled at my kindle because I had so many emotions going through me. Christine never ceases to amaze me by her writing. She draws you in and keeps you there and long after you have read the book you are still thinking about the main characters.

The way this story was written is amazing it starts with Carin and her struggles with life and her family when she meets Matias. When she meets him all things start to change for her and she
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Layne
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautifully written & Christine’s style is incredibly unique. At times wistful & at times heartbreaking, Carin’s story is relatable on many levels. There were times when her despair resonated so strongly with me. While I could never see myself making the choices she made, I completely understand her desire to feel whole again. She lived her life in a broken state for so long; she didn’t know how else to reclaim herself. This is a story about love and heartbreak, but it’s also a stor ...more
Lisa Aiello
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: womens-fiction
This was definitely not the book for me. I didn't like the h, Carin. I found her selfish and felt no sympathy for her. I didn't understand how she fell into a relationship with Matias. There just wasn't much there to allow me to connect to them. All tell, no show. 40% in and I was ready to call it quits. I skimmed to the end to see how it all ended. And I must have missed something big, because the ending was so cryptic. I am wondering what I missed, so I will probably hunt for spoilers to see i ...more
Becca
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing story. I think any so many people will connect with this story and see a piece of themselves in Carin.

Such an emotional read.

Full review to come.
Jody Joy
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Christine Brae is a first-time author for me. I must say her writing grabs you on an emotional level in this book. My problem was not with Ms. Brae's writing but with her main characters Carin & Matias. Their self-absorbed attitudes are enough to make anyone angry and resentful. I understand Carin was depressed, stressed, and feeling unloved by her husband, but I just could not understand why she just did not file for a divorce like anyone else. In addition, Matias, what a jerk, he reminded me o ...more
Suzanne
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh this book... It's so beautiful and so raw. We live our lives as mothers and as wives and often forget that we are a person outside of those two roles. We forget who we are, and the weight of that can come crashing down.

This book is about Carin and her life and how lost she began to feel. The weight of the loss of herself became to much to bare, yet she couldn't even understand it herself. That is, until she met Matias. Even then, she wasn't sure of where to go or what to do.

It's a tale of try
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bookishashleigh
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christine writes a beautiful novel that most of us can relate too. My favorite thing about all of CBs novels are all the tiny details she puts in describing things. I can always smell, see, and hear her words. Carin and Matias will have you rooting for them from the moment they meet to the end of the book. This book is ROMATIC AF.
January Gray
May 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book bored me to death, and I skimmed a lot. I could not connect with the characters, and the story lacked flow.
Even at the beginning of the book, I found it odd that he mentions he has been meaning to see her in Chicago for business, and then moments later asks her if she lives in California?
I seriously did not see the point of this book.
Shalini
This was a difficulty book to review as I went through various emotions as I read through it. It made me think back on my own life. Intense grief and severe clinical depression can make a human take decisions which they normally wouldn't have.

Caris Frost was not happy. Her mother had died, and her marriage was not working. Her life spiralled down. She was barely hanging on, only her son Charlie gave her pleasure. In such darkness that her life had become, Matias entered and she began to live. Th
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Malene
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marriage, cheating, arc
Sadly this book didn’t work for me and it wasn’t because of the subject matter. I was well aware what the premise of the story was. My main issue and struggle was the characters Mathias and Carin. I especially had my problems with Carin. I didn’t like her and her reasons for making certain choices in her life. I could’ve maybe cut her some slack if she’d put up a fight and not just surrender to her feelings or had been honest from the beginning.
My expectations might I have played a part too. Her
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Tammy  Zautner
6 Holy F***! Holy F***! Holy F***! Stars
Favorite read of 2019.


Have you ever read a book and just knew it was going to be a favorite of yours for years to come? An automatic reread? A must have for your signed shelf? That's The Year I Left, for me. This book and its characters impacted my being. Carin and Matias are forever cemented in my heart and soul. I won't soon be forgetting them and the affecting, self-reflecting exploration they took me on.

"They say it takes just one thing to push you ov
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Anna Green
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carin is a successfully independent career woman, a wife and a mother of a ten-year-old boy frantically juggling chores and duties. The recent death of her mother plus the growing distance between her and her husband adds up to her feeling of despondency and resentment, emptiness and overwhelming emotions. Reading through all these and how she reacted to family situations you don’t need to be a rocket scientist or a psychologist to know that she is clinically depressed; although her husband’s la ...more
Carol
May 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't find this book believable in almost any way.. A highly successful business woman who is suffering from the loss of her mom, doesn't pay the bills, ruins the family credit, misses everything going on with her family, allows her hubby to spend beyond their means without comment.... need I go on?
Carin, the wife, mother, lover was depressed as I had mentioned, but on top of that she seemed too selfish to me. She neglected her son for her lover, but why run away from it all instead of
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Rachel Schneider
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh I do not know where to start. This book evokes just about every emotion you could imagine while reading. My heart was broken and healed. I cried and I loved and I laughed. And when it was over I wanted MORE! Brae knocked this one out of the park!
Cyndi Becker
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: august-2019
The Year I Left left me feeling perplexed. There are things about Carin I just couldn't understand and things I wholly understood. It's a bit confusing to feel like you didn't really like a character but I was interested to see what happened to her; what choices she'd make, live with, regret, and to see how things might or might not work out for her.

Carin Frost is a woman perplexed by her life. She loves her son madly but has been genuinely unhappy in her marriage, in her life itself for a long
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