Book Review: ‘The Life Intended’ by Kristin Harmel

Posted March 12, 2015 by thischickreads in review / 2 Comments


After her husband’s sudden death over ten years ago, Kate Westhoven never expected to be lucky enough to find another love of her life. But now she’s planning her second walk down the aisle to a perfectly nice man. So why isn’t she more excited?

At first, Kate blames her pre-wedding jitters on stress. But when she starts seeing Patrick, her late husband, in her dreams, she begins to wonder if she’s really ready to move on. Is Patrick trying to tell her something about his death and is there a chance his nighttime visits could be more than just wishful thinking?


*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*


What a brilliant, poignant yet uplifting, thought-provoking story!

I was thrilled to see a copy of ‘The Life Intended’ in my post and it was one of the best surprises ever. This book was out in the US at the end of last year, so I’ve heard many of my US blogging friends say it’s a book not to be missed! I actually have read one of Ms Harmel’s books before, ‘After’ back in 2012 and boy, I remember I cried buckets while reading.

In my opinion, ‘The Life Intended’ is simply perfect. It’s one great package of brilliant writing, characters who feel so real, detailed scenes, lots of research, beautiful cover and a great title which suits the whole story.

Ever imagined what your life would turn out to be if that THING never happened? If you didn’t meet your husband, picked a different college, bought the house next door? Choices, life is all about choices. Each thing we do leads our life on a certain path, even the teeny tiny choices as choosing our favorite coffee shop.

Kate Waithman is happily married to Patrick, sweetest, kindest man. They are deeply in love and so supportive of each other. But one car accident, one single moment of the driver not paying attention to the road, changes it all. Patrick is found dead at the scene and Kate is left to morn the loss. It takes her a lot of effort, and even years (actually decade) to move on and try to let someone in her life again. Of course, she still thinks of Patrick and often wonders what her life would have been like if he didn’t die.

Especially when she starts having these dreams seeing Patrick and what appears to be her daughter, the child they didn’t have in this life. Is she going insane? Is Patrick trying to tell her something? What about the sweet girl, the daughter who’s bringing out all these motherly feelings out of her?

That is the life she was intended to have, she was supposed to be with Patrick and her daughter. Bit by bit, with every dream of her family she was supposed to have, Kate starts reevaluating her life and where it’s headed. As a music therapists she searches for a new way to help hard of hearing children, thinking she owes at least that much to her own daughter who’s hard of hearing.

Oh boy, this is one beautiful and heart breaking book. It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read and one that stays with you long after you close its pages. The writing is so rich, so detailed, and everything simply flows. It’s thought-provoking and even life changing. Each of us could be Kate, what is the life we were intended to have? Beautiful and emotional, prepare to be swept off your feet from page one. Just incredible!


My rating: 10/10


2 responses to “Book Review: ‘The Life Intended’ by Kristin Harmel

    • thischickreads

      & it is brilliant! Hope you get to read it soon, such wonderful, emotional, though-provoking story. Thanks for stopping by, Laura. XX

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