Review by Emma-Louise Lewis on behalf of KFF
“A Single moment can change everything – but can love help us survive?”
~ Five Stars ~
This question is asked on the front cover of Remember When. This question not only leads the reader into one of the most emotionally raw books I have ever had the pleasure of reading; but also pulls the reader through a beautifully sweet series of memories that Jess & Todd re-live during their harrowing situation.
Todd & Jessica Kling find themselves in a situation of life or death…their life or death. A fluke accident catapults their truck down a hill and wedges it between two trees. Todd injures his leg, leaving most of the rescue efforts to Jess.
“You come on. If you go out there, you’re going to mess your leg up even worse, so stop. I’ve got this. I’m tougher than you think.”
Parts of Remember When were almost too hard to read. Each time Jess and Todd attempt to free themselves their hopes are dashed.
“Now she realised nothing was guaranteed. Life could be going along at a humdrum pace, promising you forever. And then a single moment could rip everything to shreds. A single movement of your foot on the brake could obliterate everything you thought you had time to do.”
“The cold had finally seeped the entire way through to her core, to her heart. It was black, not with fear but with the feeling of giving up.”
The love between Jess & Todd is a truly beautiful thing to see. Having been together for years and having been through so much together, their love is solid. It made my heart smile.
“It was simple beautiful, the two of them together, no matter what happened. She would die, whether it be today or in one hundred years, thinking they were beautiful together.”
“He needed to hand on, and if he couldn’t, she needed to clutch on to him with everything she had. She could not let him go. They were in this together, just like everything else. Live or die, they were in it together.”
Todd isn’t a tall, dark, sexy man. He’s an average man with a pot belly and a beautiful heart. Through the authors descriptions of Todd Kling, I could see him in those jeans when he met Jess and how truly sexy his beard must have looked. I loved Todd’s awful sense of humour and I adored the way he saw the world and the way he used his optimism and realism to bring Jess back from her darkest moments. These two were so real to me, I just can’t describe how much they mean to me.
Reviewing Remember When hasn’t been an easy thing. The story had so much heartache; I must have spent at least 15-20% of the book, with tears rolling down my cheeks. This was an emotional roller coaster, and to be honest, I loved every minute of it!
A high school English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.
Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.