MORE THAN WE REMEMBER
One night changes everything...
When Addison Kilbourn's husband is involved in a car accident that leaves a woman dead, her perfectly constructed life crumbles apart. With her husband's memory of that night gone and the revelation of a potentially life-altering secret, Addison has to reevaluate all she thought she knew.
Emilia Cruz is a deputy bearing a heavy burden far beyond the weight of her job. After a traumatic brain injury, her husband is no longer the man she married, and Emilia's determined to prevent others from facing the same hardship. When she's called to the scene of an accident pointing to everything she's fighting against, she's determined to see justice for those wronged.
Brianne Demanno is hiding from reality. She once thrived as a counselor, but when tragedy struck a beloved client, she lost faith in herself and her purpose. When her neighbors, the Kilbourns, are thrown into crisis, Brianne's solitary life is disrupted and she finds herself needed in a way she hasn't been for too long.
As the lives of these women intersect, they can no longer dwell in the memory of who they've been. Can they rise from the wreck of the worst moments of their lives to become who they were meant to be?
More Than We Remember is an artfully written novel that's easy to read -- and by that I mean the pacing is smooth, the words just flow, seeping under a reader's skin and making her a part of the story. Riddled with profound thoughts that made me pause and think. Hard. Like this:
"But it's a dangerous thing to make decisions out of fear. Fear can stop us from seeing the wonderful adventures and people who are waiting for us to show up." (p 75)
And these three women -- Emilia, Brianne and Addison -- are all battling fears. It manifests itself in different ways in each of them, but it's there, dictating their thoughts and actions. And so the tale unfolds, linking these three women and their broken lives to bring about healing and peace.
"This was where the healing could begin. Not in the secrets and regrets, but in the moving forward, trusting, and truth." (p 337)
The story is told in three voices, each perspective seamlessly twinning with the others to create a gripping tale of despair...and of hope. It's real and gritty and a tough go in places. Definitely not a lighthearted read, though there are humourous moments. With a bit of romance thrown in, because that's definitely part of life too.
A memorable read that has earned its place on my keeper shelf.
"She says we're too big for our britches when we take responsibility for things that are ultimately out of our control. If we trust God, we trust that He can work through even the most upside-down situation." (p 290)
Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graph-Martin Communications Inc.
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