Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Searching For Tomorrow Review

Some people are blessed to find that one certain person who completes them.

Wrynn’s yesterdays were what others only dream of having. She and Tripp were the best of friends before they even thought about love. They had the fairy tale life where ‘like’ turns into ‘love’, and ‘love’ becomes ‘happily ever after’.

What happens when life conspires against you, and snatches your soul mate from your arms?

…only her forever love ended much too soon.

Broken beyond her own ability to repair, Wrynn boxes up her grief and attempts to raise her three girls the best she can on her own. As time slowly passes, Wrynn relives her life with Tripp while struggling most days to get out of bed. She is reminded of him at every turn.

How do you set your grief and anguish aside? How do you pick up the shattered pieces, put those pieces back together again, and try to move on?

Wrynn tries to find the joy in life every single day through her daughters, family, and friends. Her twin brother Liam has dedicated himself to helping Wrynn put her life back together after losing his own love. On the other hand, her mother-in-law lives to torment her at every turn. Wrynn can't even find a chance to breathe, much less a desire to somehow search for her tomorrow.

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The amount of love that I have for Searching for Tomorrow by Kathryn Crane cannot be measured. I immediately feel in love with Wrynn. Her personality is one that I look for in my closest friends. Kathryn created a character that was real.

The first chapter starts with Wrynn rolling over in bed on a silly kid meal toy and isn’t pleased with how it feels. Haven’t we all been there? Then we witness her rushing to get her three munchkins out the door for school and needing that cup of coffee to feel normal. It is the sorry of my life, I am right there with her, except I didn’t sleep in. I couldn’t put this book down.

In walks Mother Tidwell, her mother-in-law. Oh, what a dreadful little shrew she was. I wanted to beat her with a stick for the way she snubbed Wrynn and treated everyone she came into contact with. She was a great character to hate.

Then we have Wrynn’s twin, Liam. He truly is such a great brother and uncle and it was really easy to fall in love with him. He stood by his sister, helped her with the girls, and loved her through all her hard times.

This book is a tragic love story. The love starts when Wrynn meets her other half, Tripp, at a young age on the playground. They start as best friends and over time became a couple, and then lovers. Kathryn Crane shows us both Wrynn’s present, where she has to live without Tripp after he’s taken in a horrible military accident, and Wrynn’s past, as she and Tripp fall in love. Holy Cow, I wish all men were built like Tripp. The love he had for Wrynn was just so amazing. It makes you wish that your husband, as much as you love him, was suddenly Tripp.

When Tripp died, Wrynn was destroyed. I was destroyed. How does one carry on with her life when the other half of you dies? I just have no idea. Wrynn did it, though. She keeps searching for better days. I think the love that she has for her daughters was what did it.

This was the debut novel for Kathryn Crane, and I can’t wait for more by her. I loved her sense of humor and her real characters and emotions. Bravo, Kathryn! 

If you are reading this, I think you should know that "About me" sounds so very pretentious to me. I guess that is what I am supposed to write about, so here it goes!

Kathryn is a simple country girl who likes to spend time with her hubba, hunka hubby, her three kids and her friends. She loves to cook and really loves to eat! During the spring and summer, you will more than likely find her outside puttering around in her garden. When the veggies start coming in, she will probably be sweating over a hot canner in the kitchen, canning all the goodies she is blessed with. Kathryn likes to hike and go camping, and as a Girl Scout leader, she gets to do this pretty often! On cold winter nights, you will probably find her wrapped in a warm blanket, lost in a good book, while sitting in her rocking chair on the front porch!

Kathryn was born and raised in North Carolina, and while she loves to travel, she can't imagine ever leaving the mountains that she has come to call home. Not a day goes by that Kathryn doesn't thank God for abundantly blessing her. He has been so good to her, and she is very grateful. She holds Jeremiah 29:11 very close to her heart and believes it with every fiber of her being. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Kathryn loves flip flops, chocolate, sweet tea and dirt between her toes. As far back as she can remember, she's had a book in her hand. Reading has carried her to places she will never go. It has introduced her to people that she will never meet. When life is great and when it is rough, she's always been able to find a book to carry her through. She finally decided to write down some of the stories in her head (yes, be scared) and heart after dawdling around and wasting years dreaming. She hopes you enjoy reading those stories as much as she loves writing them!

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