Saturday, March 14, 2020

Review: "More than We Remember" by Christina Suzann Nelson

While my first instinct is always to pick up a romance, I do enjoy a good women's fiction novel every so often ... and More Than We Remember fits the bill!

One night changes everything for three women. . . .

When Addison Killbourn's husband is involved in a car accident that leaves a woman dead, her perfectly constructed life crumbles apart. With her husband's memory of that night gone and the revelation of a potentially life-altering secret, Addison has to reevaluate all she thought she knew.

Emilia Cruz is a deputy bearing a heavy burden far beyond the weight of her job. Her husband is no longer the man she married, and Emilia's determined to prevent others from facing the same hardship. When she's called to the scene of an accident pointing to everything she's fighting against, she's determined to see justice for those wronged.

Brianne Demanno is hiding from reality. She was thriving as a counselor, but when tragedy struck a beloved client, she lost faith in herself and her purpose. When her neighbors, the Killbourns, are thrown into crisis, Brianne's solitary life is disrupted and she finds herself needed in a way she hasn't been in a while.

As the lives of these women intersect, they can no longer dwell in the memory of who they've been. Can they rise from the wreck of the worst moments of their lives to become who they were meant to be?

This book pulled me in on the first page, and I absolutely flew through it! It's the story of three women navigating tragedy, brought together by proximity and circumstance.

The plot contains an aspect of mystery—Addison's husband Caleb is believed to be responsible for a deadly accident, but he has no memory of the event—but, more than anything, this is a book about friendship. It highlights just how much we need each other as all three women come to find community.

Heavy topics like substance abuse, memory loss, suicide, sexual abuse, and infidelity are discussed, but the book never feels overly dark; in fact, there's an underlying feeling of hope that runs throughout.

The ending, though slightly foreshadowed, surprised me (in a good way!), and I found it to be quite satisfying. I also loved the way some supporting characters came around in the final pages to add to the story.

This book is perfect for those who enjoy books focused on friendship, rather than romance (though there is a bit of that here, too). It's a compelling look at some of those most impacted by a small town tragedy. 4 stars.

Buy the book. 

Christina Suzann Nelson writes stories featuring women who survive circumstances to live lives closer to God's calling. She focuses on changing legacies from dysfunction to hope.

Her first novel, If We Make It Home, released from Kregel Publication September 2017, gleaned the honor of debut of the month from Library Journal. Christina's second novel with Kregel released in the fall of 2018.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. Hello)Now I'm reading the book.For me it's difficult)English is my foreign language.But the book's interesting.I've read chapters 1-4.

    1. I'm glad to hear you're reading it! Come back and let me know what you think after you're finished :-)


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