*Searching for Tomorrow by Kathryn McNeill Crane


3 stars***

I'm not sure why but this book did not have the emotional impact for me that it seemed to have with other reviewers. I think this was due partly to me having read some other books in this particular genre lately that are similar in nature to this one. This felt like a story I had read before. I don't know... that's my theory and I'm sticking with it!
This book is very well written. The story switches back and forth from past to present. Wrynn is a widow in the present and the flashbacks to the past are how we learn the love story that develops between her and her childhood friend Tripp. I was much more interested in the past stories and how they met etc... The present was a little dull at times with all of the day to day goings on with her raising her girls and dealing with the awful step-mother.
This is another book where the hero is a senior and decides to join the Army in the aftermath of 9/11... and this contributed to my disconnect I think because this is like the 3rd book I've read in which this particular scenario occurred and then tragedy happens as a result. So, based on the books you've read prior to this one, that will probably determine how much or how little the story will impact you emotionally.
Overall, this is a well written and emotional story about coming back to life in the wake of a tragic loss. The love story is sweet not steamy... and it is a heartwarming and beautiful relationship for those who are fans of romances that take us from friends to lovers. Even though this didn't really work for me, I would still recommend it to fans of books that will probably make you grab for your Kleenex!

ARC provided by netgalley!!

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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