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WITH EVERY MEMORY BY JANINE ROSCHE
After a tragic accident robs her of the last nine years of memories, Lori Mendenhall comes home to a family completely different than she remembers. As her memory returns and past secrets resurface, it will take all of them to repair what's been broken and find a new future together.
A great emotional journey to rediscover what was once lost. The topics in the book are sensitive so some readers may have triggers from it. The author tackles losing a child, divorce, trauma and memory loss in a way that is graceful yet powerful. The opening pages set the tone as we follow a family through a traumatic loss. Lori has many hurdles to overcome as she is finally released from the hospital. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have your memory erased and go home with strangers. The doctors assure her that her memory will come back but she faces each day struggling to understand what has happened.
I liked the dynamics of the family and how each one dealt with the tragedy in different ways. For Avery losing her brother is painful and at times seems to go to extremes to deal with her grief. The one constant in her life is Xander who also happens to be her brother’s best friend. I think Xander with his patience and unconditional love helped Avery maneuver through her struggles and helped her cope.
Lori realizes that her marriage is not as happy as she thought it was. She is convinced that Michael is hiding something and her fear starts to take over. It’s funny how our mind plays tricks on us. We become convinced that a situation happened and start to mistrust and place blame. Michael surprised me with his support of Lori even though I thought he was guilty. The way the author slowly unveils their life is good and allows us to see how the enemy can slither in and take over when we are not at our best. Lori’s recovery is slow but I liked how she never gave up. The chaos in the house at times was sad because three people all have one thing in common. They are each searching for healing.
This is a great story that shows us how tragedy can turn into healing and learning to trust. The story is light on faith but does give good illustrations of letting go of the past, forgiveness and cherishing memories.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blogger Program. The review is my own opinion.