Goodreads Choice Awards – Nominee for Best Romance (2022)

Reminders of Him book
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover is a touching and emotional story that raises difficult questions. At the core of this story are the conflicts of child custody, redemption, and forgiveness.

My Overview

What can I say, other than I loved this story. It’s a thought-provoking story with relatable characters that has stayed with me and made me wonder about so much. Even as I write this review, I’m still thinking about the incredible situation the characters faced.

This is a complicated story that makes one explore the what if in a difficult situation. One where the person you least expect to like, you end up rooting for. One where raw emotions are high and you end up as consumed by the story and conflicted as the characters. This is a story about love, redemption, and forgiveness.

Kenna just finished serving five years in prison, for an accident her boyfriend Scotty died from. Their young daughter, Diem, is being raised by Scotty’s parents. She has never met her mother. Ledger was Scotty’s best friend, and is very much a part of Diem’s life and her grandparents’. All Kenna wants now, is to be a part of her daughter’s life. All Scotty’s parents want is for Kenna to stay away. Who’s right? Who should Ledger side with? What a tough situation for everyone.

I’ve read a few stories by Colleen Hoover, and this one’s now my favorite. I’m impressed with the way she crafted such a beautiful story, based on an extremely complicated and tragic situation. She’s a master at creating truly believable characters in dreadful situations. This story made me feel and think so much. It will stay with me for a long time.

My Recommendation

This poignant and heartbreaking story brings up a lot of questions and topics for discussion. It would make a good book club read. Read as a group, it would be interesting to listen to everyone’s opinions and perspective. I highly recommend Reminders of Him, but expect a heavy story.

As an aside, I like when authors coordinate music with their books. In this case, you can listen to Kenna Rowan’s Playlist (the playlist Ledger made for her), the songs are listed at the end of the book.

This book is part of My Favorite Books of 2022 list.

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