Laurel Osterkamp
The Next Breath:
A new Robin Bricker novel from
acclaimed writer, Laurel Osterkamp
"I kiss him, choosing love over honesty, which is a choice nobody should ever have to make…"

Robin loves sweet, responsible Nick, with his penchant for Beethoven and Ben Folds Five. But
she also still loves her college boyfriend Jed, an irreverent playwright plagued with cystic
fibrosis. Now Robin is struggling to reveal her secrets and confront her past, as she finally
performs in the play that Jed wrote for her, eleven years ago. Will Robin have the strength to
keep her promise and stay true to her heart?

Alternating between present-day scenes, college flashbacks, and segments from Jed’s play,
this tear-jerking yet uplifting tale illustrates how life is finite but love is infinite, and the road to
recovery begins with the next breath.
The Next Breath is a follow-up
to rave-reviewed
The Holdout,
but they can be read in either
5 Stars! "This book was so good I put my life on hold for a day and a half to
read it!"  
                   ---Amazon customer review
5 Stars! "This is an exquisite tale of love and the heart and soul it takes to not
only endure, but to move on where so many would fall- and that is true on many
levels of this story."  
---Amazon customer review
5 Stars! "I liken Laurel's writing along the lines of a fine, gourmet chocolate
bar. You take a small bite and it bursts on the tongue with so many elements
that it leaves you humming in pleasure."  
                ---Amazon customer review
5 Stars! "I am a fan of Laurel Osterkamp's writing. She has the ability to allow
the reader to see deep within the mind of her main character and experience
life, for a time, through that character's perspective. That to my way of thinking
is skilled writing."
                 ---Amazon customer review
5 Stars! "Wow. I really loved this book. I begun reading it yesterday and
finished it this morning a few minutes ago."
                 ---Amazon customer review
5 Stars! "This book presents another side of Robin, and its subject is
completely different, namely, love; more specifically, sorting out two different
relationships at two different times in her life."
              ---Amazon customer review
Laurel Osterkamp's award-winning novels
have been hailed as funny, intelligent,
snarky and poignant. She is the author of
seven novels and two novellas, including
November Surprise series, which, like
The Holdout, features the Bricker family.
Read all Laurel's Bricker family stories: