In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson


***I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review***


SYNOPSIS: Eighteen months after her husbands death, Lia returns to the one place she truly thought of as home only to uncover a conspiracy that spans eight hundred years and involves three seemingly unrelated men.


I really wanted to like this book, but I was let down by the execution. The one good thing about this book is that it is well written, but it is absolutely disappointing to read. I loved the concept and found it absolutely intriguing and compelling, but it gets bogged down in a lot of nothingness and strange romance that isn’t quite romance. The book felt like it didn’t know what kind of story it was trying to tell. There were some moments that really drew me in, but the pay off wasn’t that great once it passed. The moment that really turned me off was when Lia meets her dopple-ganger. It was absolutely cheesy, out of place, and really pulled me out of this past/present collision that was going on. Now you would think an additional person from the past wouldn’t be out of place, but because this character was so often talked about and seen in only flashback I felt like it cheapened her character and what she meant to the others to have her show up in person. The only interesting character was Lucas, but he was hardly in the book. He was the only character that I found intriguing enough to keep reading the book for and he was kind of/sort of the villain, but not really (it was all very confusing) and shouldn’t the main characters be the reason I want to continue? In fact all the “important” characters, beside Lia, were hardly prominent in the present day and I felt like they should’ve been because the whole plot revolved around them. Lia didn’t really feel like much of a character and more of a plot device. There were moments where her vulnerability felt real and her actions made sense and showed what kind of person she had the potential to be, but for the most part her, Raoul, and Jordi felt so flat and I got bored reading about them. I really thought this would be like Outlander where the past and future are woven in a compelling story that really brings the history alive, but everything felt half-baked like the interesting components were there but under utilized in favor of a weird romance that wasn’t really a romance.

Thanks Sourcebooks Landmark for allowing me to read this book!


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