on April 21st, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Do you ever wish you had the chance to meet someone again for the first time?
When Leo and Molly met and married, they believed they were invincible. Together they could take on the world. But Leo, a war correspondent, lives for life on the edge, and when he takes a step into the unknown, tragedy strikes and he loses his memory. Molly rushes to help him fill in the gaps and soon they start falling in love all over again.
The trouble is, Molly is hiding something. Something big. The devoted wife at LeoÔÇÖs bedside is a sham; Leo and MollyÔÇÖs marriage was on the rocks long before LeoÔÇÖs accident.
The closer Molly gets to her husband the more scared she becomes that he will remember. As LeoÔÇÖs memory begins to trickle back will Molly lose the man she loves for a second time?
An emotional, heartbreaking read that will restore your faith in the power of love.
If you like to lose yourself in Jojo Moyes or Nicholas Sparks then you will love When I Lost You, the deeply moving new novel from Kelly Rimmer.
In a beautiful and heartbreaking way this story took a lot out of me. ItÔÇÖs not unusual that when you love a story you find that yourself absorbed by it and reading quickly, but with When I Lost You I had to slow my reading speed. I absorbed every word and took to highlighting entire passages. ┬áItÔÇÖs just so eloquently written. ┬á
ThereÔÇÖs plenty of stories with a spouse being in an accident and suffering from amnesia and it’s one of my favorite plot devices. But the setup with the marriage between Molly and Leo Stephens, being who they are and how they go there was entirely unique. ┬áIÔÇÖm also big on dual points of view and I love how the story unfolds and we experience LeoÔÇÖs hospitalization and the necessity for Molly to be playing the care-giver. Part 1 is where we learn about the first year or so of their marriage as the hospitalized Leo is slowly retrieving memories of being with and marrying Molly. All ┬áwhile Molly is left confused, to reconcile the here and now with the disintegration of their relationship.
ÔÇ£Reliving these moments with him is so painful for me, and with his memories returning so easily I know that this brief period of renewed closeness will end soon. But suddenly IÔÇÖm grateful for this time with Leo. Every second I can have with him like this, I will greedily take for myself and I will hold these new memories close to my heart long after IÔÇÖve lost him all over again.ÔÇØ ~Molly
By the halfway mark I was beyond anxious for them and starting to grieve the loss of the relationship. I became so invested in their marriage. I fell in love in time with them, with LeoÔÇÖs memories. I feared for the reveal that would likely pull them apart. As with how they fell ┬áin love, the breakdown is slow. ItÔÇÖs a tough read as there’s a complexity to what motivates each of them. Which was another reason why I read this slower than normal. There are many character nuances that show the push and pull of their relationship. Once you get to know Leo, his falling in love is almost miraculous.
ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs a remarkable thing to be a part of a connection that is so satisfying that you feel lucky whenever you consider it. This made me want to try harder and to be better ÔÇô I wanted to bring my A-game to every hour with Molly.ÔÇØ ~Leo
In Part 2, Molly is recalling the two plus years that Leo has essentially checked out of their relationship. His job defines him and he is stubborn and unyielding.
ÔÇ£I had only ever wanted to reach him, but it is so very difficult to catch up with someone who is always pulling away.ÔÇØ ~ Molly
What’s in between them is not only LeoÔÇÖs love for his job, but itÔÇÖs also their vastly different family backgrounds and I thought that maybe the 10 year age difference plays into it. ┬áAt this point, LeoÔÇÖs voice is in current time. His humility helps to soften him and the transformation helps to re-define their relationship. Again, IÔÇÖm waiting for the other shoe to drop as Molly finds the courage to hit Leo with the truth of where things were with them prior to his accident and theyÔÇÖve come full circle.
It really is a heartbreaking and at the same time a heartwarming read. At points it was hard to imagine anything coming between them, and yet things do. But thereÔÇÖs an affirming message of hope that Rimmer weaves into the plot and manages to leave us with:
ThatÔÇÖs the thing about love. You can abuse it, you can dampen it, you can wrap it up in hate, or try with all your might to destroy it ÔÇô but once itÔÇÖs been lit, an ember always remains. ~Molly
5 stars and recommendation!
┬á ┬á~ Review by Cyndi