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The Life We Dream Of

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Summary

“Numb. That’s what I had been. That’s what I had always been. Impassively navigating through my life like a habit I could not define. A deep dreamless sleep I stumbled through. And I suddenly wanted to wake up." Diagnosed with an incurable cancer, Julia is forced to come to terms with a life largely unlived. Haunted by past trauma and regrets she cannot amend, she has built a wall around herself, insulating her from the world. But when a chance meeting breaks down her barriers, Julia begins the process of letting life back in, taking her on a journey toward love, self-discovery, and a daughter she never knew. Will she be able to fully make peace with her tangled past and confront all the pain buried beneath the rubble? The Life We Dream Of is a love story about second chances, overcoming fear, and the boldness one must summon to find healing within.

Genre:
Romance / Other
Author:
Jenni Pezzano
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
5
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
18+

Prologue

How long have I been sitting here, watching shadows play on the walls?

Life tosses you around, and sometimes all there is left to cling to are the fragments of reality.

The stability of the upholstered chair beneath me.

The faint smell of the marine wind as it drifted through the window.

The honking of traffic and the rushing of people below.

The gentle murmur of the city, its constant pulse a heartbeat you can never slow down. Unlike mine. My heartbeat will eventually fade to a climactic finish long before my body is ready.

Mortality is a smirking companion, impervious to the ego’s desperate plea.

I gripped my phone. The urge to reach out and spill my sordid fate to another was a frantic bird pounding against the splintered bars of its cage. But who would I call? There was no one to console me. I was alone in a world of my own making.

With a broken sigh, I threw my phone across the living room; it bounced once, hit the wall, and landed on the polished grain of the hardwood floor. My anger was not even strong enough to break something. And I wanted to break something. I wanted to scream, to cry, to claw through the walls I had erected and release the entrails of myself.

But something had shut down inside of me so long ago, and all I was able to muster was a fury, blanketing the emptiness that engulfed me.

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Ingrid: Slight twist to the usual rejection plot which is good. However, linear in the 'world building' with too little to flesh out the narrative. Author has a great sense of humour with the characters. Would benefit having a proof reader going over the script.'

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