The novel With Every Memory by Janine Rosche follows Lori Mendenhall after she returns home from the hospital, recovering from a traumatic brain injury from a car accident that also took the life of her teenage son, Austin. The brain injury wiped away her memory of the past eight years. The story is told from the perspectives of Lori and her daughter Avery, Austin’s twin sister. The chapters switch back and forth, sharing each narrative.
As Lori attempts to remember the life she once lived, she must face the stark reality that it wasn’t what she imagined. The happy marriage she thought she had was in turmoil. Lori questioned the outgoing, flirty person she once was and the fidelity of her workaholic husband.
The family must work together to rebuild what was broken and create a new reality. I enjoyed Lori’s narrative the most. I wanted to uncover the mystery of her old life with her. The twist at the end of the book wasn’t what I expected, and I connected with the fact that our minds often fool us, letting us believe what we perceive to be true.
I felt the theme of grace and forgiveness as the characters healed from past hurts.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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