MORE THAN WE REMEMBER, by Christine Suzann Nelson, Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group


One night changes everything for three women. . . .

When Addison Killbourn’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. 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 was thriving as a counselor, but when tragedy struck a beloved client, she lost faith in herself and her purpose. When her neighbors, the Killbourns, are thrown into crisis, Brianne’s solitary life is disrupted and she finds herself needed in a way she hasn’t been in a while.

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? 

Out February 2020

352 Pages

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

It’s taken me a long time to figure out the review for this book. It’s full of many topics close to me. Among them are dementia, drug dependency, suicide and death. I personally experienced dealing with family and very good friends who went through some of the above. It’s no easy road.

So here is a book that has so much of this plus other very difficult subjects to deal with and not much else, in my opinion. My first thought was depressing–how much this book is so down and depressing. The book is full of despair and goes places we all fear to go. There are moments of hope and humor and the author even throws in romance but leaves out the kitchen sink. In other words, so what. You’re focusing on just how lousy their lives are that the rest is just glitter.

The only part that kept me reading was the writing itself. The author’s voice was smooth and caressing, taking you further into the nightmare lives of three women who must face their fears. If it weren’t for the author’s incredible story-telling ability, even if the story itself is just too damned difficult to enjoy, I’d DNF the book and pitch it.

The POV is often messed up and jumping all over the place and the setting at times vague. The characters do develop but their development reminded me of how something feeds off something else and grows because of it. Why I went there, was mainly because of the mood the story festers. I get that characters, really good characters, must first experience tragedy before they can know rebirth, but seriously… Life is just too damned hard to have to read about this depth of struggle in a fiction.

I’ll leave the religious aspects of the book alone.

In all, the stars are for the author’s writing ability and that alone.

I gave this book:

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