Title: More Than We Remember
Author: Christina Suzann Nelson
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publishing Date: Feb 18, 2020
Publisher: Bethany House
Length: 352 Pages
About the Book:
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?
Life is messy, and full of mistakes, heartaches, and all kinds of unexpected joys and struggles. But contrary to what we would often like to think, we are not the only ones that deal with chaos. Life is often a tumbled mess of what happens when our chaos intersects with that of others. It’s also said that there are two sides to every story. In More Than We Remember, you see how one single tragedy can rock a community in diverse ways as experienced through the eyes of three separate women. Christina Suzann Nelson did a masterful job of developing a story so rich in emotion that you can’t help but find empathy for each angle and what that means for the bigger picture.
I’m not sure how much I could share here without giving away any spoilers, as I feel that each intricate detail was placed at just the right time to get the desired reaction from the reader. You see three women all with good intentions, wrestling over the right decisions in life amidst seemingly impossible situations. Fueled by experienced mixed with some of their own self awareness, their hearts and minds are at war. One line that stuck out to me was “where were grace and mercy in the face of justice?” It’s an interesting concept to ponder over in reflection after finishing.
The characters and their individual stories had depth, and the collision when those stories collided was palpable. This piece is nothing short of a masterpiece. Your heart is tugged in multiple directions and it causes you to consider how you would react to their situations either positively or negatively. It forces you to think outside of yourself to recognize the struggles of others as well.
I honestly don’t think I could say enough amazing things about this novel. This wasn’t the first time I’ve read this author, and I most certainly hope it’s not my last. She does a fabulous job creating thought-provoking, emotional dramas that are sure to stay with you long after you’ve closed the back cover of the book. HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend!
*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.