About the Book:
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 performs in the play that Jed wrote for her, eleven years ago. Will Robin have the strength to keep her promise and stay true to her heart?
Alternating between present-day scenes, college flashbacks, and segments from Jed’s play, this tear-jerking yet uplifting tale illustrates how life is finite but love is infinite, and the road to recovery begins with the next breath.
After I read the description of ‘The Next Breath’ I wasn’t completely sure this was going to be a book for me. A girl who loves two guys.. But still something made me interested in reading it. So I signed up to participate in the blog tour and as soon as I could I started reading.
In ‘The Next Breath’ we meet Robin. Robin is a struggling self-employed, amateur actor and fashion designer. Robin is in love with Nick, a nice and handsome real estate agent. At first everything seems to be perfect about Robin and Nick. But Robin has a secret and she hasn’t been able to tell Nick about it. Lately, Robin has been thinking more and more about her college boyfriend Jed. Jed is into play writing and he has Cystic Fibrosis. Now Robin is torn between her love for Nick and Jed and she is struggling with keeping an old promise and letting go of her past.
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 present Robin, to past, college girl, Robin and I loved reading it like this. I haven’t read any previous book by Laurel Osterkamp so Robin was new to me and I loved learning about the girl she was before.
The thing about ‘The Next Breath’ was that it’s a book filled with a lot of emotions. And Laurel Osterkamp was completely able to make me feel the emotions Robin was going through. I even cried at some of the moments in this book. This book made me feel so many different things and I really loved every part of it. Being a Nurse, and having worked on a Pulmonary Care Unit for a little while made me able to almost hear Jed’s breathing when he was struggling. I could totally imagine the Mayo Clinic and the way Robin would be watching Jed sleep. And I could totally understand the nurses frustration when Jed accidently ripped his new stitches (LOL!!).
But the thing I loved most about this book was Robin’s relationship with Nick. I loved the way they found each other. And I was totally rooting for Nick. He just seemed like the perfect guy for Robin. Especially since his life hadn’t been perfect either and the way he seemed to care so much for Robin.
This book is going to stay with me for a long while. I loved Laurel’s writing and I hope to read more of her books. This book is definitely a must- read if you ask me. I promise you, you will be completely blown away by this one ;)
About the Author:
Laurel Osterkamp becomes very attached to her characters, and it’s hard for her to stop writing about them. ‘The Holdout’, ‘November Surprise’, ‘Blue State’, ‘Campaign Promises’, ‘American Angst’ and ‘The Next Breath’ all feature the Bricker family, as their stories continue. (But you can read any of www.laurelosterkamp.blogspot.com. Laurel teaches in Minneapolis, MN, where she tries to stay warm, spend time with her two nearly perfect children and husband, and find the time to write. Her other novels are ‘Following My Toes’ and ‘Starring in the Movie of My Life’.these books in any order.) You can find Laurel on Twitter but she needs to work on sending clever Tweets. A better idea is to follow her blog at
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