About the Book
Jacob Murphy always felt like the invisible brother, until he fell in love with and married the woman who’d dated his younger brother. Then he became the despised brother. Driven to prove himself worthy of respect, he gambled everything on becoming the successful brother, but with his property speculation business falling apart, he’s ready to admit defeat. He’s lost nearly every worldly good, and after years of disappointments and heartache, it looks like his marriage is about to go the same way.
Kate Murphy lied her way out of life in a trailer park—a life she felt both trapped in and ashamed of. Only Jacob knows the truth about her background. But keeping up appearances has strangled her life and relationships, and even her marriage is troubled. In desperation, she makes a plan to escape from it all—ironically, in a skoolie. But there’s still a tender place in her heart for the man she married, and in a moment of compassion, she offers to take Jacob with her.
Stripped of pride and pretension and struggling to adjust to their new 160-square-foot mobile lifestyle, Jacob and Kate are forced to confront the deception, hurt, and loneliness that have plagued them both. Will their strained circumstances be the death knell for their marriage, or will they allow humility to usher in the healing they need to rebuild?
This Life is a tender love story of second chances in marriage, of romance, and of redemption.
Other Books in the Series
In My Opinion
I have not met a book written by Jennifer Rodewald that I have not liked, but if there was going to be one, This Life is that book. Yet, that was not at all the case with the fourth book in the Murphy Brothers series.
Readers have met Jacob and Kate through the family’s eyes in the previous books, but we haven’t gotten to know them at all until now. There is definitely more than meets the eye here.
As Jacob and Kate trade their luxury condo for a skoolie and meet just the right people, their history is revealed, and I just could not help but root for these two broken and hurting people who felt so alone in their pain and brokenness.
With deep and complex characters, you cannot help but be drawn to, this is a moving and emotional story about how being stripped of everything we hold important in life opens our eyes to what really matters, to the truest blessings in our lives. It’s about finding ourselves and leaning on God when all hope seems lost. About healing.
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