The Next Breath: An Angsty and Uplifting Love Story


Author:Laurel Osterkamp

  • Publication Date: May 28, 2024
  • Number of Pages: 270

In The Next Breath by Laurel Osterkamp, Robin struggles to let go and anchor her heart in a new love adventure. It is a captivating tale of love, loss, and self-discovery. Haunted by the memory of her late boyfriend, Jed, Robin grapples with the arrival of Nick, a potential new love interest. As she confronts past wounds and buried emotions while starring in a play written by her late boyfriend, Robin must choose between the comfort of familiar ghosts and the promise of a new beginning. With heartfelt moments and gripping revelations, this story examines a heart pulled in all directions: love, grief, and the courage it takes to embrace the future. Can Robin find the strength to let go of the past and take the next breath towards a brighter tomorrow?

Laurel Osterkamp’s novel is set against Robin's emotional turmoil; the story intricately weaves scenes of introspection, vulnerability, and profound connection. It will be intriguing for readers to follow her as she drifts between the memories of her past and the allure of the present. Osterkamp's ability to craft emotionally charged scenes that resonate deeply with readers is remarkable. From the prologue's playful banter between Robin and Nick to the heart-wrenching confrontation of past wounds during a college rehearsal, each moment is imbued with raw authenticity and genuine emotion. The complexity of Robin's relationships is skillfully portrayed, particularly in her interactions with Nick and the lingering presence of Jed. The tension between past and present, love and loss, is palpable throughout the story. Robin's internal struggle as she focuses on her feelings for Nick and Jed creates the emotional conflict that drives the narrative forward. The story beautifully captures the turmoil of her heart as she navigates the delicate balance between honoring her past and embracing a future filled with hope and love. The evocative descriptions transport readers into Robin's world, from the bustling energy of a college campus to the quiet moments of reflection in a theater dressing room. Through vivid imagery and rich sensory details, the story immerses readers in Robin's emotional journey, experiencing every triumph and setback. The Next Breath is the story of a broken heart healing and re-discovering itself. 

Reviewed By: Franklin Bauer

Reviewed Date: May 3, 2024