Title: Reminders of Him
Author: Colleen Hoover
Kenna’s entire life was changed after one terrible mistake that resulted in her spending 5 years in prison. When she is finally free, Kenna wants nothing more than to meet her four year old daughter. However, the people in her daughter’s life will do everything they can to keep her away. Kenna’s only hope is the handsome local bartender, Ledger, who she can only hope finds it in his heart to help her finally connect with her daughter.
“Grudges are heavy, but for the people hurting the most, I suppose forgiveness is even heavier.”
Being a Colleen Hoover book, I knew Reminders of Him was going to be a romance story with a deep message behind it. That message being the strength of forgiveness and love. Reminders of Him is a story that will give you mixed feelings and force you to really think about the justice system and forgiveness. I was glad that Colleen Hoover created a crime that wasn’t black and white. It was easy to see both sides of the story and this made it more believable. A lot of books like to create an ending where the conflicts are completely resolved and everyone is happy, but from the start, you can tell that won’t be the case with Reminders of Him.
“Maybe it doesn’t matter whether something is a coincidence or a sign. Maybe the best way to cope with the loss of the people we love is to find them in as many places and things as we possibly can. And on the off chance that the people we lose are still somehow able to hear us, maybe we should never stop talking to them.”
Kenna’s story is a heartbreaking one that had me in tears throughout the book. I am not usually one to tear up when reading, but this one really tugged at my heart strings. I felt the pain of loss and regret that Kenna and the other characters felt. It was a sad story, but it was also a beautiful one. Some parts were difficult to read through, but again, it made it more realistic because a story like this should have its dark moments.
“A good person who had one bad night. It happens to the best of us. The worst of us. All of us. Some of us are just luckier than others, and our bad moments have fewer casualties.”
If you feel like you are at a good state with your emotions, and looking for something a little deeper, I highly recommend you give Reminders of Him a try.