Sunday, June 25, 2023

With Every Memory




 About the Book

Is the Life She Can't Remember One She'd Rather Forget?

One year after her family was in a tragic car accident that killed her teenage son, Lori Mendenhall returns home with a traumatic brain injury that has stolen the last eight years of memories from her. She is shocked to find that the life she was leading before the accident is unrecognizable. Her once-loving husband, Michael, is a distant workaholic she isn't sure she can trust and her once-bubbly daughter, Avery, has spent the last year hidden away in her room.

For Avery, life stopped when she lost her twin. Now, if she wants to graduate high school, she'll have to accept help from Xander Dixon, her brother's best friend and the boy who relentlessly teased her for years. And if Lori wants to reconnect with her husband, she'll have to grapple with information her brain is trying to keep secret. With every memory that returns, she can't help but wonder if the life she can't remember is one she'd rather forget. (Baker Book House)



My Thoughts

Oh my GOODNESS. This story. To be honest I wasn't sure what to expect so I didn't have the best expectations when I started to read this book. Much to my complete delight, I had to read this story in one sitting. I couldn't put it down and I love all the hard nitty gritty and beautiful things that fill the pages. I adore the characters because they are broken and struggling and real. The story flips from Lori's point of view to her daughter Avery and her point of view. I thought this was well written and unique as I really appreciated both plot lines. There are difficult topics dealt with throughout the book but it really shouldn't be a reason not to read this story. There isn't anything descriptive and it is really more of a story on forgiveness and trust and love. There were many chapters that spoke to my heart because I could see myself in Avery so many times. I also know the setting quite well and that is always a fun bonus. There comes a point in life when you are slogging through all of the muck that you have to make a choice. You can continue down the destructive and/or the seemingly enjoyable path or you can do the hard work and trust again. Love again. Have real hope again. I saw this in all of the characters in this story. The ending will surprise you in many ways. I loved this book and it is one of my favorites of the year. 


Five stars! 


" I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."


1 comment:

Janine Rosche said...

Thank you so very much for reading and reviewing! I identify a lot with Avery myself!