Thursday, March 19, 2020
MORE THAN WE REMEMBER by Christina Suzann Nelson, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas and Trixi Oberembt
More Than We Remember is a moving, haunting, and heart-wrenching story of three women whose lives become intertwined and altered through the events of one fateful night. It’s the story of how many lives can be affected by mistakes and misjudgments of others. It’s not an easy book to read because of the subject matter, but Nelson has done an excellent job of weaving the different story lines together to make a cohesive and haunting tale. The result is a compelling, gripping story of family, community, friendship, and fragile relationships. It’s told from the points of view of several of the characters, which made it interesting, but it also made it a bit hard for me to follow sometimes. All in all, I felt like it was an enjoyable, touching read. I’m interested in reading more of Nelson’s stories in the future.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
“One night changes everything...can they rise from the wreck of the worst moments of their lives to become who they were meant to be?”
One fatal night intersects three families’ lives and has them questioning everything they thought they knew. Innocence hides behind suspicion, and guilt taints a once happy reality. Three women bond over tragedy and find hope in the deep places.
This is not a shallow or a quick read, it has a depth that can steal your breath away as events unfold. It deals with modern day problems that can touch a family without warning, and has the potential to tear them apart or bring them closer together. As Addison, Brianne and Emilia deal with the aftermath of an accident that kills one woman, it will shred everything and crumble the foundation of their safe life. I ached for them, for all the things they went through and all the things they were facing. These women and their families get under your skin in a very real way and make you want to reach through the pages of the book to comfort, hug and take away what hurts. Sometimes you have to go through the dark valleys in order for truth to prevail. Even in those dark times, hope shines bright if we but look for it. This brings to life the truth that we must cling to and rely completely on the Lord when hard trials come, when things seem to want to overwhelm us and crush us under its weight.
“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. You are not God." ~pg 290
“It's easy to see what we want to see, or even what we expect to see. It's much harder to stand back and see the truth."~ pg 322
This story will stick with you for a long time afterwards and make you ponder its deep truths. Quite a few resonated with me and that's why it became much more than fiction in my mind. It touched me profoundly in a way I won't soon forget. If you’re looking for a “fluffy” read, you won't find it here. If you're looking for one with a lot of depth and emotion, characters who you come to really care about, and an even more meaningful relationship with God, then look no further than “More Than We Remember”! This is easily one of my top reads for 2020 and highly recommended.
*I received a complimentary copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
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Back Cover Blurb:
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?
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