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Insipid by [Brae, Christine]
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Banal. Lifeless and Colorless. These are the words that describe my life. I’ve made the right choices, done all the right things. I’m strong, intelligent and highly successful.

I’ve lived scrupulously, loved greatly, and shared my blessings equitably.

But life hasn’t been fair with me.

Now I’m drowning in the middle of the ocean, desperately searching for the shore, surrendering to the fact that I will never be happy.

Then he came along.

Life is unpredictable. You can play it safe and resist change for fear of the unknown. Or you can close your eyes and take the leap with the knowledge that your life will change forever.

Which one will I choose?

My name is Jade Richmond and this is my story.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa816d780) out of 5 stars 49 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6e63ad4) out of 5 stars Beautiful! Christine Brae poured her heart into this story! June 15 2014
By Robin Segnitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What would you do if you realized you were living a lie? Imagine that everything is white, bland. Imagine you just exist; you're barely going through the motions. What would you be willing to do to bring color back to your world? Could you handle the resulting torrent of emotions? Would you be able to accept this new reality? Or would you deny it? Would you be able to make changes to your life? Author Christine Brae explores these questions and more in her new novel titled Insipid.

At forty-two years old, Jade Richmond has been promoted to a member of the executive team for a Fortune 500 company located in Chicago, Illinois. She has worked extremely hard to achieve success in her career, while also striving to remain ethical in her business practices. To those on the outside, Jade seems to have everything she could ever hope for out of life. But if you could look closely into her expressive green eyes, you would realize Jade is hiding the truth of her reality deep inside.

As a reviewer, I have chosen not to reveal much of the plot due to the way the layers of the story unfold. Instead, I choose to share my thoughts and feelings about Insipid. Christine Brae immediately pulled me into the story. In many ways, I was able to make a connection to the protagonist. I am around the same age as Jade Richmond and have had a successful career at the same company for nearly 25 years. I have been married for over 20 years, and my children are now adults. There have been moments during my life where I have felt I was just going through the motions. I think everyone experiences these types of feelings on occasions, so it was easy for me to step into the pages of the novel and place myself into Jade's situation.

It is hard to explain the overwhelming feelings that came over me while reading Insipid. I experienced so many different emotions, crying tears of sadness and joy on occasions. There were moments that I felt anger and shock. I was delighted at times, confused at times. But with the confusion came clarity. Although the circumstances surrounding my life helped me connect with the story and protagonist, I also believe this author has strength in the ability to tell a story. Insipid truly has one of the most beautiful endings that I have ever read. I was so impressed with the way that Christine Brae brought closure to Jade Richmond's story.

Insipid seems to be a combination of the contemporary romance and women's fiction genres. It does not follow what I consider to be the typical pattern for a romance novel, so you will want to keep this in mind if you choose to read this novel. It is a very unique story, full of wisdom and takeaways. It is also very apparent to me that Christine Brae poured her heart into this novel. Because this story is so different, I realize that it may not be for everyone, but I want people to know that I absolutely enjoyed it! I am giving Christine Brae's Insipid 5 stars!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa73696fc) out of 5 stars Love is a form of divine madness, a fire that renews us even as it consumes June 15 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It was Plato, I'm pretty sure, who first described love as a form of "divine madness," and Insipid does an awesome job of putting flesh on the bones of that abstract concept. It's a beautiful story, beautifully told, that unfolds gradually, just as MC Jade's world is crumbling around her. But that process of destruction is also a process of creation, as each seemingly crushing blow contains within in the seeds of the next stage of Jade's journey. What I really loved most about this book was the way it describes that astonishing, reason-overwhelming experience of being consumed by the irrational emotional experience of falling in love, inappropriately, wildly and inexplicably, even to the person undergoing it. That crazy feeling of "I know this is a bad idea, why is it so compelling?"

There are several other elements of this book that really stand out for me as well. First, the portrayal of Jade's world of finance and deal-making. Many writers attempt to depict this world - there's no shortage of sexy CEO's, bad-ass billionaires, and make-believe moguls in the realm of romance and women's fiction. But few, if any, have the verisimilitude and believability of Christine's portrayal of Jade's world. From the boardroom encounters to the painstaking process of document review, her familiarity with the setting, and her ease at recreating it bring the background to life.

Another element I loved is the way Christine uses the seasons and elements of the natural world as metaphors. Okay, that's maybe not the most original thing in the world, but that's a fault more of my description, because her use of it is fresh and always apropos. Allusions to the natural world enhance the emotional impact of the story, as well as move the narrative along.

Finally, I want to just touch briefly on Christine's eloquent style - she has a lovely gift for a memorable insightful phrase that lights up the story like brief flashes of lightning. You'll find your highlighting finger working overtime as you discover them. Here's an early on example that draws in the seasons, too:

I found love in the summer and then lost it in the spring. I cried myself to sleep in the winter and froze my heart with the soft tumble of the snow.
Lovely, really. And although at this point in the book it's just foreshadowing, it serves a narrative as well as poetic purpose.

Christine's skill as a storyteller and writer has matured with each of her novels, and here in Insipid she has really hit her stridee. I urge you to enjoy the sometimes bittersweet, but always artful pleasure that Insipid affords.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa70abd68) out of 5 stars Jade's journey was one hell of a roller coaster ride... June 15 2014
By T. Zautner - Published on Amazon.com
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“Living a lie can kill you. It erases the very essence of who you are. Pretending to feel, masking your thoughts, faking your words day in and day out—these actions leave you with an excruciating pain in your chest, a heaviness in your heart, a loathing for the person that you are. It’s a slow and agonizing death. And I don’t know how long I can fight to stay alive.”

Insipid focuses on the hard reality of how going through life without truly living and simply existing can change us into that person we no longer recognize.

Welcome to Jade Richmond’s reality.

I am just going to put it out there that Jade is not going to be everyone's cup of tea and quite frankly, another time, another place, she wouldn't be mine either. At points, it was hard to empathize with her choices. To say Jade is an enigma is an understatement. Our heroine is not all sunshine and bright smiles, nowhere even close. She is real. She is raw. She is flawed.

Jade has learned in the most damaging of ways that life is not filled with peaches and cream. And while her actions and responses to the aftermath are not always going to be easily acceptable or understandable to us as a reader, that is OK, it doesn't have to be. All we have to understand is that even the hardest, most uncomfortable stories need to be told too.

There will be many readers who will not understand her, who will hate her character with a passion, and then there will be those who will see past the superficial façade she uses as a shield and completely get her. I am one of those who totally got her. Why…because Jade in a sense is me. Her story is my story. Jade's drowning reflected parts of my own personal drowning. It was easy to connect to her emptiness, indecision, and lack of self-worth while placing myself in her shoes to walk a mile in them. That is not to say that I did not feel absolute frustration with Jade or lack of understanding for the choices she made because believe me there were many times I wanted to throw my tablet. The bottom line though is at the end of the day, I loved Jade’s character.

So yeah, as I stated above, Jade Richmond without a doubt will not be everyone's cup of tea, but that is the beauty of this story—she is not meant to be. As a reader, you will either love her or you will hate her; either way, I promise you will walk away passionately feeling something towards her.

Jade’s journey towards peace and redemption was one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride. At around 53% in, Christine knocked me for a loop blind-siding me. I found myself having to walk away to collect my bearings. My heart ached so badly; it literally hurt to breathe. From this point on these characters completely wrecked me. The reality and morality behind Insipid had me taking a close look in the mirror. Upon this revelation the story became so much more to me. Each and every word left me feeling something.

Christine Brae, in my opinion, has done it again. The only thing stopping me from giving Insipid a well-deserved five star review was a few writing technicalities.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7369a2c) out of 5 stars 4.5 Emotional & Mind Blowing Stars! June 19 2014
By VbLeret - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 EMOTIONAL & MIND BLOWING STARS!!!

Touching, realistic, emotional and so romantic. Oh, and I LOVE Lucas Martinez..just thought I would throw that in there before I get started. There are just not enough HOT LATIN men in books today!!!!

We’ve all felt lost. At some point or another, we’ve probably all felt like that we were just going through the motions. This is a story about a woman going through this time. She’s given up on pretty much any semblance of a real life and is just existing; not living.

Jade’s journey towards peace and redemption was one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride. At around 53% in, Christine knocked me on my ass, completely blind-siding me! I found myself having to walk away to collect my bearings. My heart ached so badly. I did not see that coming. From this point on these characters completely wrecked me. From that point on, the story became so much more to me. Each and every word left me feeling something.

Christine Brae, in my opinion, has done it again. She immediately pulled me into the story.Her writing was still as beautiful as ever, but even stronger in this book, in my opinion.

I think this story made me experience every emotion that there is to experienced! There were moments that I felt anger and shock. I was delighted at times, confused, and happy at times. But with the confusion came clarity. Those of you that know me know that the ending of a book is everything to me and Insipid truly has one of the most beautiful endings that I have ever read. I was so impressed with the way that Brae brought closure to Jade Richmond’s story.

Insipid seemed to be a combination of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. It’s not 100% typical romance, so you will want to keep this in mind if you choose to read this novel. Jade will also not be everyone’s cup of tea. Another time, another place and she easily could’ve been a heroine that I would’ve hated. She is very privileged and I think it would be easy for her to be misunderstood. However, my heart broke for her and I was able to relate to her easily. This is a very unique story, full of wisdom and profound meaning. It is also very apparent to me that the author poured her heart into this novel. Because this story is so different, I realize that it may not be for everyone, but, I for one, absolutely enjoyed it!

I'm not here to die. I'm here to live.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa87f5174) out of 5 stars Jade is a rockstar June 16 2014
By emmasmommy0728 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began reading Insipid. Here’s this woman who was SO different from anything I have ever been….I wondered how I would relate to anything she was going through. Little did I know how much I would love this story.
(It’s the)Same story, same words, read at a different time. Interpreted in a way that reflected our respective life situations.
That little quote from Insipid, totally sums up my feelings for this book. Sure. Not everyone is going to feel a “connection” to Jade Richmond, but let’s be honest, do you feel a connection with every person you meet in life? I know I don’t. I guess what I’m trying to say is, even though Jade isn’t someone I would typically connect with, her story IS something that I connected with. Face it. We’ve all felt lost. We’ve all felt like that we were just going through the motions….so, Jade had a little help in figuring out how to bring that color back, but honestly…I feel as if ANY grown woman can relate to that.
Life is a crazy combination of phases. We all go through different stages in life, and all handle them in many ways. Some people can handle the bulls*!t, and some emerge from it wounded and scarred. But we keep fighting to survive. And we all do, in one way or another.”
I’m not going to go much into what exactly happens in Jade’s story, but I do know that Christine has hit it out of the park with this one. The transformation that Jade goes through, the hurdles that she overcomes, the way she faces her demons, there’s something to be admired there. While I may not be able to “relate” to Jade, I can definitely appreciate what she went through and how she got to the final point she is at.
There’s no longer any need to hide my scars. I wear them with pride, knowing that I survived through the darkest of days.