The Year I Left – Christine Brae – A Review

It amazes me, how when we leave relationships to find ourselves, even for a few weeks, how much action is spurred as a result. Plans get made, right or wrong. We realize that the relationship we’re in is a zero sum game. Yet we’re bound and tied to these lives, and committed, through our own faults, and try to escape them without hurting the ones who love us.

This was a rather difficult read. Even though Carin was a grieving, depressed character, I found myself not cheering for her, although I could relate to her situation. She had help from a friend and those around her somewhat, but I think that only caused more depression and detachment from her husband.

The detachment from her child is what ripped me apart the most. I just couldn’t imagine leaving my kid. I didn’t really care for Matias, and like many other reviewers I didn’t find him too appealing or beneficial for Carin’s mental health.

But I do believe the story to be true and reminiscent of reality. Sometimes people are so disenfranchised with their own lives that they first seek out comfort in a new relationship without first digging into what is wrong in their own lives. It’s completely backwards, and one that I think is reflective of what happens in many relationships.

The writing itself is well-done, and the author does write a compelling story. But I had to give this one three stars because the author didn’t give me enough reason to really like the characters.


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 friendship—and his interest in her. Carin is determined to keep her distance, until a work assignment sends them to Southeast Asia where a storm is brewing on the island. In the midst of the chaos, Matias asks her to do something unimaginable, exhilarating, BOLD. Carin knows the consequences could be dire, but it may be the only way to save herself.

An honest look at love and marriage and the frailties of the human heart, this is a story of a woman’s loss of self and purpose and the journey she takes to find her way back.

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