Where There is Life begins in a moment of shattering loss. Newlywed Autumn, just arrived in London for a honeymoon with her new husband Matt, wakes in a hospital room alone. Instead of living her dream come true, Autumn has lost the man she loves and can’t imagine how to move forward from this moment. She returns home to a concerned family and well-meaning friends, but finds herself unable to pick up the threads of the life she lived before Matt. Her grief drives her away from home again, hoping that travel will provide her with a way to forget.
Autumn’s home is in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and the story moves from there back and forth to Italy and England as Autumn searches for a place where she can start a new life free from the searing pain of loss. The novel is a realistic portrayal of a young woman struggling with grief, and Autumn’s anguish will ring true to many readers. This is the second book in a series but can be read as a stand-alone novel, since minor characters from one book become main characters in another. Charlene Carr delivers a compelling story with a believable heroine, and readers will be rooting for Autumn as she tries to put the pieces of her life back together.