by Claire Thake
My rating: 4 stars
Series: The Revival Series - Book 1
Publication Date: January 30, 2015
Publisher: Claire Thake
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 156 pages
Available from: Amazon
Carrie had a wonderful life, a loving husband and her future all planned
out, until a terrible accident changed her life. To hide away from all
her pain and loss she pushed everyone away and threw herself into her
career. That was until she received some news that would change her life
Can Carrie accept the past and change her future for the better?
Revive by Claire Thake
When Carrie’s happiness was snuffed out in a split second, she retreated from everyone who loved her, believing that no one could understand her pain and loss. Consumed by her own feelings of survivor’s guilt and a twisted sense of loyalty to her late husband, Carrie was not there to help others who grieved, instead she re-made herself, her world and became a shell of the vibrant woman she once was. Not until she hears the news that her mother is dying, does she return home, on a tight schedule, still failing to see the suffering going on around her, leaving her brother to carry the burden of her mother’s care and the emotional onslaught it brings.
When she meets Daniel, a wonderful and caring man, who she finds she could have deep feelings for, she runs from a chance at happiness and rejoining the living. Has she made another self-serving mistake? Why would she risk a second chance at life, love and happiness when she knows her deceased husband would want that? Can Daniel break through her stony façade and find the lonely woman inside? Life has a unique and often painful way of opening one’s eyes and actually feeling the emotions of others around oneself, will it come too late for Carrie?
Claire Thake’s Revive is as emotionally raw and dark as a tale can get. The devastation of losing one’s true love, the guilt of surviving and selfishness of not sharing her secrets to those who are hurting just as much are all a part of the turmoil in Carrie’s heart and soul. Ms. Thake has portrayed a damaged family that did not deserve what they got from Carrie and clearly through their own pain, has only hoped for her return to their fold, although only another devastating loss has brought her home. These characters felt so real, I could imagine them being someone I might meet on the street or in a shop. The love of family, whether by blood or marriage can be healing if one allows it. Did I like every character, honestly no, but Ms. Thake is not asking us to agree with everything that has happened, or to be besties with anyone. She has taken a slice of reality and run it through the creative blender in her mind and presented a dark tale that left room for hope for the future and a second chance at happiness if one can learn to let go of the past, the guilt and learn the give and take of sharing and trusting.
I received this copy from Claire Thake in exchange for my honest review.