Where Life Takes You by Claudia Burgoa

where life takes you

Synopsis

Becca is caught between sanity and nightmares. Between therapy, work, and her constantly looming past she can’t seem to find room to breathe. The memories of her late step-sister, Lisa, are her closest company. But with the help of her best friend and longtime confidant, Dan, she might just learn how to live for herself.

Additional Information about the Book

Becca Trent lived her childhood next to a cruel woman—her mom—who lived to torment and neglect her. During her high school years, her mother married; bringing home not only a new husband, but a step sister her same age.
The latter took over her Mom’s role—making Becca’s life miserable. Including stealing Ian—Becca’s best friend and boyfriend—Lisa treated her worse than her mother had for the previous fifteen years. A couple of years later, things ended up in tragedy.

Becca buried that part of her life in the deep corners of her psyche, but that only work during the days when the nightmares didn’t come back to haunt her. Her best friend, Dan gives her that family love she always lacked. Everything was close to perfect, until everything and everyone from her past came back. Now, she’s trying to figure out how to survive and keep that bond which seems now to be held together by a thread.

Note: This is the first part of a two book novel

Review by Venture

Becca has had a horrible life.  She is broken.  She lives in her past and even with therapy.  She stays in the past.  Her friend, Dan, is her rock and he helps her with everything.  He even makes some decisions for her so she can be more comfortable.  He does what ever it takes to make her handle life.

When her mom comes back into her life and her stepbrother.  She has to start facing the past.  She has to remember and learn to deal with it all.  Even the things that she doesn’t even want to remember.  She has to accept it and move forward.  If she doesn’t put the past in the past.  She can have no future.

I enjoyed the story.  It was heartfelt and the emotional trauma was deep.  I can understand Becca and her need to stand on her own two feet.  I absolutely hated the way the book ended.  I don’t think it ended.  There was no epilogue to explain how things were down the road.  It just left it with two people now upset versus just one.  It made me dislike Becca.  I hate stories with no ending or where your suppose to guess if they all lived happily ever…..It frustrated me and made me annoyed with the whole book. I admit I am a sucker for happy ending.  I give the book 3.5 books.

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