Friday, January 16, 2015

"More than Memories" by Kristen James

Can she love him if she can't remember him? Molly Anderson returns "home" to a town she doesn't remember, hoping it will spark a memory. She runs into Trent Williams, a Ridge City police detective, and something else definitely sparks.

He wants to know why she left town, with her parents, but without a word to anyone. She doesn't remember that life. She can only tell him she knew her parents briefly before they died . . . or were murdered, she's not sure. She hopes regaining her memory will help answer that question.

Trent has his own secrets, but they have a mystery to solve. As they work together and Molly meets their old friends, she realizes their relationship went deeper than memories. In fact, she grew up in Ridge City, even though her parents had said they lived there just a few years. How could she have forgotten her lifelong friend and love? Can she love him again if she doesn't remember him? There's also the possibility that she did something awful -- and maybe that's why she's afraid to remember her old life.

Molly knows she wants him now, but the truth might destroy their love.

My review:
I was intrigued by the premise of this book - a woman with no past trying to find her past. And she walks right into her past, and back into Trent's life, in Ridge City.

I thought the book started out a bit clumsy. I felt as though the author struggled at the beginning to create the backstory and the depth to the characters. The "mind speak" was a bit stilted at the beginning and made it hard to stick with the book.

But, as you stick with it, the story begins to flow better and the mystery of what had happened to Molly in the past begins to emerge. There are so many characters that have so many pieces of the puzzle and Trent and Molly keep trying to put the pieces together while rediscovering their relationship.

There were a couple of times I felt the story go in an unusual direction and a couple of aspects of the storyline felt contrite and added simply to make the story feel more suspenseful or dramatic than it was (Bev, and the neighbor Justin). Neither of those aspects of the story were really necessary in order to convey the romance developing between Molly and Trent or the suspense of why she had lost her memory in the first place.
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