Reminders of Him
By: Colleen Hoover
Just when I thought that Colleen Hoover might not be an author for me, she captured my heart with Reminders of Him. This story was a tear-jerker for me.
Kenna is a young mother who’s struggling to get back on her feet after a tragic accident. Five years in prison, the loss of her baby daughter, and without much support—she’s practically broken. She’s barely forgiven herself and can only hope that the people from her past will forgive her for the wrongs she’s committed. Kenna finds it nearly impossible to move on and wonders if she can ever love again. What happened that night of the accident? Why did she have such a lack of regard for the others involved? Was it a mistake?
Ledger is a man who owns and works at a local bar. He recently broke up with his girlfriend. He mourns one of his best friends who died years ago, and now he helps raise a little child he loves like his own. They have a strong bond, and there isn’t anything he isn’t willing to do for her. When Ledger meets Kenna in the bar one night, he practically falls for her at first sight. She’s interesting, but he can tell something is troubling her. He wants to learn more about her. Can he break through to her? Will he be capable of accepting her past mistakes?
Wow, what an incredibly emotional story. I was devoted to these characters from the very beginning. Throughout the book, Kenna writes letters to someone that was once in her life, and this is how we come to know her and her story. For all that she’s been through, she’s still a kind and considerate person who wants to do the right thing. To say that Kenna is selfless is an understatement. She’s a character to love, and she’s written beautifully. Ledger is another one who’s considerate of others and wants to help people. He’s respectful and compassionate. He sees the good in people, and he’s a person who’s willing to give second chances. All of the characters had good attributes, and I loved seeing their development in this book. I invested myself in these characters from start to finish.
As far as the writing, I loved the way the author wrote the different perspectives. The book is perfectly paced for my taste too. It was hard to take a breather. Not once did I think to skip pages or rush to finish. I was anxious to see this story unfold but didn’t want it to end. The slower parts in the middle of the book didn’t last long.
Reminders of Him is a romance, and honestly, I could’ve done without the sex scenes. It’s just not my favorite genre, but most of the scenes were in the second half of the book, and they weren’t overly bothersome because I liked the characters. Also, it didn’t have that insta-love feel like It Ends With Us.
Overall, Reminders of Him was good all-around. The epilogue was perfect and added just the right amount of information to complete the feel-good ending. In the end, this book made me think about forgiveness, second chances, kindness, hope, family, and the power of love. Five-stars.
A troubled young mother yearns for a shot at redemption in this heartbreaking yet hopeful story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.
After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself.
The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.
The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing.
- Publisher : Montlake (January 18, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 335 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542025605
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542025607
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