Read this contemporary novel with with a box of tissues, friends.
Here’s the back cover followed by my review.
Is the life she can’t remember one she’d rather forget?
One year after her family was in a tragic car accident that killed her teenage son, Lori Mendenhall returns home with a traumatic brain injury that has stolen the last eight years of memories from her, leaving the life she has returned to unrecognizable. Her once-loving husband, Michael, is a distant workaholic she isn’t sure she can trust, and her once-bubbly daughter, Avery, has spent the last year hidden away in her room.
If Lori wants to reconnect with her family, she’ll have to uncover the information her brain is trying to keep secret. As her memories return and past secrets resurface, it will take the whole family to repair what’s been broken and find a new future together.
With Every Memory is a moving and tragic story of so much loss and one family’s journey to healing. While it has a heavy theme, I love how Rosche brought in humor, especially through teenage Avery’s inner monologue. I appreciated how Rosche added trigger warnings at the beginning of the book: death of a child, sexual assault, adultery, and divorce. It’s definitely a contemporary novel for a mature audience.
I could sense some outcomes at times, which is a great nod to Rosche’s foreshadowing, I also had some pretty huge shockers. I was so into the story that I am still reeling from some of the things Lori, Avery, and Michael went through in the book. Xander too. These characters came off the page in such real, vulnerable, and memorable way.
With Every Memory is Rosche’s storytelling at its finest. Though I didn’t cry, I did tear up and I do recommend tissues nearby. Broken by life, choices, and tragedy… the journey to healing is sometimes raw and ugly. But, as this fictional story depicts, God can bring beauty from ashes.
About the Author
Janine Rosche is the author of the Madison River Romance and Whisper Canyon series of novels. Prone to wander, she finds as much comfort on the open road as she does at home. This longing to chase adventure, behold splendor, and experience redemption is woven into her stories. When she isn’t traveling or writing novels, she teaches family life education courses, produces The Love Wander Read Journal, and takes too many pictures of her sleeping dogs.