I Read Reminders of Him By Colleen Hoover & Cried The Whole Entire Time

BLURB:

After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself.

The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.

The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing.

MY THOUGHTS (*Spoiler Alert*)

I am currently on a Colleen Hoover binge and I am not entirely sure why I keep doing this to myself. I say this because, each one of her books that I read, has me in a chokehold. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions that leave me with a book hangover. I finished reading “Reminders of Him ” last night and I cried throughout the whole entire book. I am not talking about silent tears, I am talking about “boo hoo” “WTF” tears. 

Reminders of Him tells the story of Kenna and Ledger. The story is told from the perspectives of Kenna and Ledger which I think is absolutely brilliant. This allowed us to better connect with the both of them. Kenna is a young mother, who is trying to build a relationship with her daughter. She served some time after being in a car accident with the love of her life, Scotty. I don’t want to give too much of the story away. She gets out of jail and wants to find her daughter. Scotty’s family has custody of her daughter, and has not forgiven Kenna for the car accident which took the life of their son. They built a beautiful, loving life with Diem. Diem is surrounded by so much love, care and support.

Scotty’s parents and Ledger struggle with the idea of having Kenna be in Diem’s life. 

Ledger even says to Kenna,

It wouldn’t benefit Patrick or Grace having to share custody of diem with you. It would bring a level of stress to their lives that I’m not sure they can emotionally handle. And diem…would it benefit her? Because right now, she has no idea anyone is even missing from her life

Ouch.

I understood where they were coming from. I understood that they did not want Diem to be taken from them as well. On the other hand, as a mother, I felt all of the emotions that Kenna felt.Could you imagine giving birth to your child prematurely, not being able to have two days with your child, going through postpartum recovery knowing that you just brought this beautiful human into this world, who would probably never see their mother again? That is heartbreaking.  How ironic that Scotty’s mothers’ name is Grace, and that is the one thing that Kenna wanted from everyone, grace. She wanted to be in her daughter’s life and have them understand how important it was for Diem to have her mother in her life. Despite Kenna’s circumstances, she wanted to be in Diem’s life.  This book is a beautiful story of healing, forgiveness and grieving. Every character in this book’s grieving process is different. Though it’s beautiful, it’s heavy and it is impossible to not have tears. I am recovering from the trauma of it all.

Isn’t it amazing though? How a book has the ability to tear you to pieces to the point where you feel like you can’t come up for air?

Happy Reading Folks.

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