TITLE: Chasing Memories
AUTHOR: Ellie Wade
RELEASED: 7th December, 2015
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
What if you found him, the one who was put on this earth for you? He was your perfect partner, your soul mate. Your life with him was more than you could have ever hoped for. The two of you created an amazing family full of so much love.
I did. And it was everything.
Then, one day, I woke up, and he was gone. They were all gone.
I can’t accept it. I’m stuck in a reality that isn’t mine, aching for the life I lost, one that made up the very fabric of my soul.
How do I find my future when my past won’t stop pulling me under? I’m drowning, struggling to breathe in this existence where nothing makes sense. It might be crazy, and I might be as well.
But if you’d experienced the joy of a once-in-a-lifetime love, you’d be chasing memories, too.
Kindle Friends 5 ★ Review by Donna Elsegood.
I always look forward to reading Ellie Wades books as they are full of angst and ultimately love and romance; however, this was something completely different to what I have ever read before.
Mia Chapman is due to marry her childhood sweetheart Grayson Strong. The day before, she experiences a tragedy which has life changing consequences. What her mind believes and what appears to be reality just doesn’t add up.
Quote: Mia ~ “My husband, Mom!” “Is he coming? Why isn’t he here? He should be here!”
Mia can’t fathom out why she has overwhelming feelings for a man called Aiden. He consumes and confuses her thoughts, but why is he in her head? What is happening to her? Struggling to connect to Grayson, I could feel her frustration, her fears. If my heart went out to her, it despaired for Grayson. What a fantastic character and although there were times I truly felt sorry for him, a part of me couldn’t help wondering if there was more to him. I really thought he’d be able to overcome such a complex situation unscathed; however, little did I realise what the author had in store for me.
I loved how this story skipped from what was her current life and the life she believed she shared with Aiden, the man who she thinks is her soul mate. The emotion I felt for Mia shows how Ellie can write something with so much feeling had me sympathising with the leading lady’s dilemma. Actually, I would go so far as saying that I envisaged myself in the same room as Mia wanting to help her uncover the truth. I couldn’t put this story down for a second as I was desperate to know where it would lead me. I asked myself, “Aiden, who are you?” Him constantly being in Mia’s mind only seemed to add to my distress. This has been a difficult review to write as everything I would like to mention would be a spoiler.
Aiden ~ “Hey, you’re flawless at everything. Don’t be jealous that I can pick apples better than you.”
Mia ~ “Number one, I’m not perfect at everything and you know it. Number two, give me a few tries, and I will pick apples better than you.”
The premise of the story is quite unique. An incomprehensible time-line of carefree fun which the two protagonists had together was for me, more than intriguing. The side characters were incorporated very well indeed and her sister Grace was a fabulous support. She believed what Mia was trying to prove and her two sisters together were nothing less than hilarious; as was her niece. Their mother loved them; nevertheless, she felt that Mia needed some kind of therapy fearing that what had happened to her would make her lose her mind.
Mia ~ “To me, this life feels like a dream. It’s familiar but shallow. The colors here aren’t vibrant, the emotions are dull, and the love is missing. It is a fond dream, containing some pleasant memories and people I love, but I’m dying to wake up. I’m fading…”
I must add my opinion regarding the cover. It is stunningly apt for such an amazing story which should be enough to entice any reader. But rest assured, this read with a difference has a twist or two which will undoubtedly keep you on your toes. Ellie never fails to surprise me. I adored the different angle this offering took. Kudos to the author. Everyone of her books always rivets and captivates me. In a nutshell; I remain a massive avid fan.
Ellie Wade resides in southwest Michigan with her husband, three young children, and two dogs. She has a Master’s degree in education from Eastern Michigan University and is a huge University of Michigan sports fan. She loves the beauty of her home state, especially the lakes and the gorgeous autumn weather. When she is not writing, you will find her reading, snuggled up with her kids, or spending time with family and friends. She loves traveling and exploring new places with her family.
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