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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for More Than We Remember

  1. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    While this novel is about dementia, suicide, drug dependency, death and other difficult topics, at the heart it's primarily a story of being involved enough in the lives of others to see beyond the surface. There is fulfillment to be gleaned if we seek it out. I love the way the author book ends with two young teens that are secondary characters. It lets us know that readers were exposed to only three families impacted by tragedy and there are others in pain too. Brianne was my favorite of the thr While this novel is about dementia, suicide, drug dependency, death and other difficult topics, at the heart it's primarily a story of being involved enough in the lives of others to see beyond the surface. There is fulfillment to be gleaned if we seek it out. I love the way the author book ends with two young teens that are secondary characters. It lets us know that readers were exposed to only three families impacted by tragedy and there are others in pain too. Brianne was my favorite of the three featured, but each family intersected and impacted each other. I look forward to reading other works by this author. My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary NetGalley copy. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    All the feels. This book has them all you will cry, you will laugh, you want to reach out and let them know you care and are there for them. As I read this book, I was emotional, at first so much was going on I was not sure how I felt but it was a book I won't soon forget. This was my first time reading this author but I can say it will not be my last book by Nelson. 5 stars in my opinion and I HIGHLY recommend it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review All the feels. This book has them all you will cry, you will laugh, you want to reach out and let them know you care and are there for them. As I read this book, I was emotional, at first so much was going on I was not sure how I felt but it was a book I won't soon forget. This was my first time reading this author but I can say it will not be my last book by Nelson. 5 stars in my opinion and I HIGHLY recommend it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    You know a gorgeous cover is always the first things we talk about . . . And this one is stunning! The actual paperback copy is gorgeously textured as well, which just adds to the uniqueness of this cover! The formatting is also beautiful as well with the blurred effect on the chapter headings. More Than We Remember is Nelson's debut with Bethany House . . . but it doesn't read like a debut! Nelson's writing style is so beautiful and instantly draws you into the emotions of the characters and st You know a gorgeous cover is always the first things we talk about . . . And this one is stunning! The actual paperback copy is gorgeously textured as well, which just adds to the uniqueness of this cover! The formatting is also beautiful as well with the blurred effect on the chapter headings. More Than We Remember is Nelson's debut with Bethany House . . . but it doesn't read like a debut! Nelson's writing style is so beautiful and instantly draws you into the emotions of the characters and story. The intensity of the first chapter captured my interest right away. Each character is so unique and their story so heart-grabbing, you're caught in the struggle of which character you want to have the perfect ending--because it seems like only one can. Nelson doesn't shy away from the deep emotions the characters are experiencing. This isn't a happy or light-hearted read, although there are some moments that lighten the tension. There are just two things that kept this from being a five-star read for me. It seemed to move very slowly, with not a lot happening for several chapters. If some things were cut to tighten up the plot a bit I think I would have found this that much more enjoyable. And the other thing was the amount of points of views there are. Maybe this is just me, but I struggle to keep up with more than two or three characters in a single book. I can't keep everyone straight! Of course, this book would be much changed if you cut one or more of the POV characters out, but that's just something I struggled with. All in all, I highly recommend this book! This author is clearly gifted and I look forward to reading more. FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for promotional purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    I really enjoyed this story. The premise hooked me right away, and I was pleased to see how the author wove in subplots related to memory with several of the characters, exploring the theme from a variety of angles. It was interesting to see how three different women handled their own fears, guilt, and suspicions. There are no discussion questions built into the back of the book, but a book club would still find plenty to talk about with this novel. How much do we take responsibility for our fam I really enjoyed this story. The premise hooked me right away, and I was pleased to see how the author wove in subplots related to memory with several of the characters, exploring the theme from a variety of angles. It was interesting to see how three different women handled their own fears, guilt, and suspicions. There are no discussion questions built into the back of the book, but a book club would still find plenty to talk about with this novel. How much do we take responsibility for our families? At what point does that cross a line? How do we entertain doubts without slipping into paranoia? How much do we trust our own memories? Lots of food for thought here.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Camille Eide

    Charming While Authentically Real What a wealth of practical insight and emotional intelligence in this thought-provoking story. Full of heart-wrenching emotion, human frailty, and gentle wisdom, Nelson has again proven herself highly adept at creating endearing, authentic characters struggling with the stress of heartbreaking situations while stirring her charming wit and inspiring wisdom through it all. I love that the book’s title hints at an important theme that grows in clarity as the story u Charming While Authentically Real What a wealth of practical insight and emotional intelligence in this thought-provoking story. Full of heart-wrenching emotion, human frailty, and gentle wisdom, Nelson has again proven herself highly adept at creating endearing, authentic characters struggling with the stress of heartbreaking situations while stirring her charming wit and inspiring wisdom through it all. I love that the book’s title hints at an important theme that grows in clarity as the story unfolds. The way three women and their loved ones’ lives intersect over the unfolding of difficult questions touches on the way memories are formed, reformed, malformed, and how easily memories, whether clear or distorted, can become an instrument of harm to ourselves and to others if we’re not careful. This story reminds me that while grief, pain, and hopelessness are sadly a real part of life, hope, help, and the goodness of a trustworthy God are also very real.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    More Than We Remember is an artfully written novel that's easy to read -- and by that I mean the pacing is smooth, the words just flow, seeping under a reader's skin and making her a part of the story. Riddled with profound thoughts that made me pause and think. Hard. Like this: "But it's a dangerous thing to make decisions out of fear. Fear can stop us from seeing the wonderful adventures and people who are waiting for us to show up." (p 75) And these three women -- Emilia, Brianne and Addison -- More Than We Remember is an artfully written novel that's easy to read -- and by that I mean the pacing is smooth, the words just flow, seeping under a reader's skin and making her a part of the story. Riddled with profound thoughts that made me pause and think. Hard. Like this: "But it's a dangerous thing to make decisions out of fear. Fear can stop us from seeing the wonderful adventures and people who are waiting for us to show up." (p 75) And these three women -- Emilia, Brianne and Addison -- are all battling fears. It manifests itself in different ways in each of them, but it's there, dictating their thoughts and actions. And so the tale unfolds, linking these three women and their broken lives to bring about healing and peace. "This was where the healing could begin. Not in the secrets and regrets, but in the moving forward, trusting, and truth." (p 337) The story is told in three voices, each perspective seamlessly twinning with the others to create a gripping tale of despair...and of hope. It's real and gritty and a tough go in places. Definitely not a lighthearted read, though there are humourous moments. With a bit of romance thrown in, because that's definitely part of life too. A memorable read that has earned its place on my keeper shelf. "She says we're too big for our britches when we take responsibility for things that are ultimately out of our control. If we trust God, we trust that He can work through even the most upside-down situation." (p 290) Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graph-Martin Communications Inc.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leslie M.

    4.5 stars I enjoy stories told from multiple POVs, and this was no exception. I've never read anything by this author in the past, but she's definitely on my radar now! More Than We Remember is an emotional, suspenseful tale. It pulled me in from the start. Overall, this highly engaging tale is a hope-filled story with friendship and faith as key themes. There are certainly some heart-wrenching scenes, but also scenes of forgiveness and redemption. I love how Nelson ties the lives of the three (se 4.5 stars I enjoy stories told from multiple POVs, and this was no exception. I've never read anything by this author in the past, but she's definitely on my radar now! More Than We Remember is an emotional, suspenseful tale. It pulled me in from the start. Overall, this highly engaging tale is a hope-filled story with friendship and faith as key themes. There are certainly some heart-wrenching scenes, but also scenes of forgiveness and redemption. I love how Nelson ties the lives of the three (seemingly different) women together. Difficult topics are addressed, including drug addiction, abuse, and brain injury. Scenes and characters are realistic and relatable. Nelson holds back nothing, showing the good with the bad. I loved the character growth, particularly in Roger, Addison, Breanne, and Caleb. It was hard not to root for them all. It was challenging, at times, to like Emilia, but that changed as her backstory unfolded. Overall, this is a beautiful book (and one of my favorites so far in 2020) that shows God's light shining through dark circumstances. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Another wonderful offering from Christina Nelson. I really connected with each of the main characters and liked going on their journeys with them. The bits of mystery surrounding the main accident kept me intrigued and guessing. There were times during each character's story that I didn't like them at all, but then there were times that they endeared themselves to me. Some parts of the plot are predictable and I saw them coming, but there are some surprises that I enjoyed. The story is a quick rea Another wonderful offering from Christina Nelson. I really connected with each of the main characters and liked going on their journeys with them. The bits of mystery surrounding the main accident kept me intrigued and guessing. There were times during each character's story that I didn't like them at all, but then there were times that they endeared themselves to me. Some parts of the plot are predictable and I saw them coming, but there are some surprises that I enjoyed. The story is a quick read, but occasionally I would get lost because the points of view move very quickly from one character to the next, sometimes after a couple of paragraphs, and it required some concentration to know whose point of view I was reading. After a little bit I got into the flow, but it did take a while. Solid book, highly recommended, and will definitely read more from this author in the future. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Lynn

    This book was a really enjoyable read! With threads that intersect again and again and a focus on grace and the power of redemption, I found this book to not only be enjoyable, but also heartwarming. The many characters whose lives have been turned upside down by difficult circumstances somehow all intersect and their stories were moving, heart rending, individual but connected, and overall, an amazing reminder of the power of compassion. I found myself most relating to Brianne, with her compass This book was a really enjoyable read! With threads that intersect again and again and a focus on grace and the power of redemption, I found this book to not only be enjoyable, but also heartwarming. The many characters whose lives have been turned upside down by difficult circumstances somehow all intersect and their stories were moving, heart rending, individual but connected, and overall, an amazing reminder of the power of compassion. I found myself most relating to Brianne, with her compassion, heart for children and the guilt and shame that can too easily come from a perceived mistake. The characters had depth, their backstories unraveling as the story, somewhat slowly, unfolded. Unraveling is the best word that I can think of to describe this book. The author did an amazing job of taking her time in discovering the different stories, motivations, pain, drives and complex combinations that made up these characters and their connected stories. If you enjoy books with suspense, stories that tug at every heartstring that you possess and a subtle string of inspiration and scripture, then you will love this book! My only critique is that the story felt a bit slow at times, but I still wanted to finish it and determine the outcome, so a win in my book. Content warning: (view spoiler)[drug use is mentioned, one of the characters has an addiction to prescribed drugs. A car accident, suicide, and the aftermath of both are mentioned many times. Issues such as drug use, vaping, smoking etc are mentioned throughout the book as well. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. These are my honest thoughts. My first impression of Mrs. Nelson’s writing is spectacular. She blew me away with the complexity of this one. I loved how each set of characters overlapped with the others. Isn’t that so much like real life? Our lives intersect with so many other people throughout our daily journeys, and that was exquisitely on display in this book. The characters were broken and hurting, yet the hope strung FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. These are my honest thoughts. My first impression of Mrs. Nelson’s writing is spectacular. She blew me away with the complexity of this one. I loved how each set of characters overlapped with the others. Isn’t that so much like real life? Our lives intersect with so many other people throughout our daily journeys, and that was exquisitely on display in this book. The characters were broken and hurting, yet the hope strung throughout was tangible and kept my spirits lifted even when I felt like crying my eyes out for these poor folks. The achiness of their hearts touched me. I felt great empathy for each of them, even the ones who were tougher for me to enjoy because of some closed-mindedness on their part. Despite that, I could see where they were coming from, why they had that bias and prejudice, so I still found myself rooting for even them. It was my great hope that they would come around and see that there was another way of viewing the scenario they were faced with. Problems in this story included death, injuries, substance abuse, and peer pressure. These were all presented in realistic, believable ways that added depth and richness to the story. Yet, even with these difficult issues, the writing was clean. There was only one crude sexual term, but I was pleasantly surprised that there were absolutely zero expletives and profanities. Yay! This is tough to find in today’s Christian fiction market, so it’s books like this one that give me more hope that Bible-led standards and moral codes are still being showcased in certain works of fiction today. When I find works like this, I treasure them as the gems they are. Hannah was perhaps my favorite character. Like me, she loves reading. Like me, she struggles to find good friends. Like me, she deals with emotional moments that try to overwhelm her. She was really easy to root for and relate to, and I was on pins and needles throughout her scenes because I wanted so much for her to get a happy ending. (Of course, I can’t really tell you what happened. You’ll just have to read the book for yourself to see if I ended up happy or sad at the finale of this book.) The plot was great, and it included many surprises and twists I did not see coming. It’s always wonderful to be surprised like that, because I read a lot of books and, therefore, can predict a lot of plot points in most of the books I read. But when one manages to shock me in several spots? Well, that nearly guarantees the book will receive five stars and make it to my favorites list. Well done, Mrs. Nelson! This book serves as a reminder that our memories are not always reliable. It’s the people around us who love us and support us that are there for us when our memories fail to recall correctly what happened in the past. I like how Mrs. Nelson handled memory with care, delicacy, strength, and truth. This theme was my favorite part of this book, because it was woven throughout every aspect of each character’s individual threads as well as the overall story arc. Oh, to be able to write so immersively! (#writergoals) Content: alcohol, drugs, tattoos, underage vaping, tobacco, one crude sexual term, suicide

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    This book pulled me in right from the beginning. I found the story compelling and page turning. The three women whose lives become intersected by a deadly accident are already dealing with their own set of real life circumstances before the accident even occurs. Ms. Nelson intertwines their lives creating a nice ball of yarn that she untangles throughout the story. The only thing I did not like in this book was the character of Emelia. I found her to be the typical 'bad' officer we hear about on This book pulled me in right from the beginning. I found the story compelling and page turning. The three women whose lives become intersected by a deadly accident are already dealing with their own set of real life circumstances before the accident even occurs. Ms. Nelson intertwines their lives creating a nice ball of yarn that she untangles throughout the story. The only thing I did not like in this book was the character of Emelia. I found her to be the typical 'bad' officer we hear about on the news. The beauty of this book is the hope portrayed in the chaotic, messy, mistakes and heartaches of life. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    This novel was so touching. The writing had me emotionally involved. Emilia, Addison, and Brianne move in different circles. When a horrific car accident happens, their circles intersect like a Venn Diagram. Each woman is haunted by her own demons. Each one has been shaped by her background and circumstances. Each one has faith, sometimes strong, sometimes floundering. Each one is just trying to live her life. Much like the rest of us. Ms. Nelson has posed seemingly impossible situations for eac This novel was so touching. The writing had me emotionally involved. Emilia, Addison, and Brianne move in different circles. When a horrific car accident happens, their circles intersect like a Venn Diagram. Each woman is haunted by her own demons. Each one has been shaped by her background and circumstances. Each one has faith, sometimes strong, sometimes floundering. Each one is just trying to live her life. Much like the rest of us. Ms. Nelson has posed seemingly impossible situations for each woman and through their interaction and through those around them, they are shown to grow in their faith. The everyday things become more than they can deal with. But God is in control and He can change perceptions. As Addison says: “It’s easy to see what we want to see, or even what we expect to see. It’s much harder to stand back and see the truth.” The author has a way of creeping into the thoughts of her characters and giving us profound lessons. There are shocking moments as well as tender ones and the relief of amusing antics of children and a dog. This novel comes across as real life. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Nelson and I will be sure to look up her previous offerings. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    This book was so good! It was my first book by this author, but I don’t think it will be my last. I love how she wrote about the 3 different women and how their lives were connected by a tragedy. I also love the message of hope in here. I would definitely recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Inspirationalfictionreader

    This is the second story that I have read by Christina Suzann Nelson. I really like her writing style as it draws you immediately into the story. In More Than We Remember, there are three points of view. This was well done and really worked for this story because you get to know what each of the main characters is feeling and thinking. I also liked the slight mystery that ran throughout. That being said, for me, this story, including all of the secondary stories, was just too heavy. I wish the ro This is the second story that I have read by Christina Suzann Nelson. I really like her writing style as it draws you immediately into the story. In More Than We Remember, there are three points of view. This was well done and really worked for this story because you get to know what each of the main characters is feeling and thinking. I also liked the slight mystery that ran throughout. That being said, for me, this story, including all of the secondary stories, was just too heavy. I wish the romance thread would have started sooner and been expanded more. I think this would’ve balanced the story out a bit. I did appreciate Lilly, the young daughter of one of the main characters, who added a touch of lightness to the story. I also felt like the ending was too rushed especially since we had more than one story coming to a conclusion. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I like this book because it is written from the viewpoint of 3 separate women. Their lives are changed one night. It shows the struggles and joys of going through tragedy. It takes a lot to bring me to tears while reading. This book did just that. It is a heavy book, dealing with heavy topics. Opioid abuse, DUI, death, suicide, memory loss, yet there is hope within the pages. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All views stated are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    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 ab 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. Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations with a GIVEAWAY Filled with heartache, pain, and hope for the future, Christina Suzann Nelson’s latest novel, More Than We Remember, will have readers reflecting on the story long after the final page. After a fatal car accident, three women find themselves connected in a shocking way that will change their lives forever. A coach’s wife, a deputy, and a counselor…three women carrying burdens of their own, are all searching for answers to overcome the pain Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations with a GIVEAWAY Filled with heartache, pain, and hope for the future, Christina Suzann Nelson’s latest novel, More Than We Remember, will have readers reflecting on the story long after the final page. After a fatal car accident, three women find themselves connected in a shocking way that will change their lives forever. A coach’s wife, a deputy, and a counselor…three women carrying burdens of their own, are all searching for answers to overcome the pain of their pasts. More Than We Remember is the first book I have read by Christina Suzann Nelson. She realistically portrays issues that both adults and teenagers are facing in society, including addiction to pain medication and the popularity of vaping among teens. The women, their husbands, and children all have struggles they are facing, and everything is not always as it seems. The characters were well-developed and the readers could personally feel the pain they were experiencing. I did not care for the personality or character of deputy Emilia Cruz, but I could sympathize with the struggles that she was experiencing in her family life as she tried to find justice for victims in her law enforcement career. More Than We Remember is recommended for readers who are looking for a novel focusing on deeper subject material. I am looking forward to reading Christina Suzann Nelson’s next novel. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abby Breuklander

    Life can be so unfair at times and it's so hard to trust God when things spiral out of control because of something we do or someone else does. Every decision that we make affects other people the same way that their decisions affect us too, both in good and bad ways. We have no control over most of what happens in our lives, but knowing that God is always with and for us sure makes a big difference when things just don't make any sense.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson is exquisite. This is a story that got under my skin, pierced my heart, and left me cheering. This story made me talk; I may have bugged my husband every couple of hours with random thoughts and questions: what is forgiveness? What does grace actually look like? What if…? I absolutely adore when a book gets me thinking and makes stop in my reader tracks to have an immediate conversation. I truly love everything about this book — the superb writing More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson is exquisite. This is a story that got under my skin, pierced my heart, and left me cheering. This story made me talk; I may have bugged my husband every couple of hours with random thoughts and questions: what is forgiveness? What does grace actually look like? What if…? I absolutely adore when a book gets me thinking and makes stop in my reader tracks to have an immediate conversation. I truly love everything about this book — the superb writing style, the endearing, multi-faceted characters, the conflicts, and the thought-provoking themes. I didn’t know who Christina Suzann Nelson was before reading More Than We Remember, but I do now and all I can say is I want MORE stories penned by this fantastic storyteller! I’m not going to tell you one thing about this book because this story MUST be experienced, but I do want to talk about grace. I want to begin by saying Emilia — one of the three protagonists — drove me crazy. She is 100%, laser-focused on finding and meting out justice. Everything is about making bad guys pay. I’m never against bad guys paying for their crimes, but the phrase “bad guys” isn’t always so black and white. Justice without grace is just vengeance and the Bible is very clear that vengeance is God’s alone (Deuteronomy 32:35). One of the many questions I asked my husband while reading this book was, “What is grace?” He replied, “It’s unmerited favor.” I thanked him, and then thought to myself, “I know the definition, but what is grace, really?” Once upon a time, God came down to earth and died for us. He believed, and still believes, that we humans are worth everything. Jesus took the wrath we deserve and defeated Death so we can live with Him in eternity. And He did it for us as a free gift … an unmerited favor so to speak. What Jesus did for us all on that cross was, and is, the ultimate example of grace. If you’re like me, or like Emilia from this novel, you may be asking, “How do I show grace to others especially when others do very bad things that hurt me and/or my loved ones?” Excellent question!!! I will answer that in a minute. But first, the reason why I struggle with Emilia — because she is me! I crave justice too. I hate evil. I hate when bad guys win. It makes my blood boil. And, sometimes I think I verge into actual hate. But, I don’t want to be filled with hate. God wants us all to love. In Colossians 3:12-14 it explains how God dresses us for a life of love. When we accept God as our Lord and Savior He fills us with compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, and discipline. With these qualities, we can be even-tempered and content with whatever God allows our way. And, we can forgive just as Jesus forgave us. This is love. This is grace. We have the power to show others grace when we accept God’s wardrobe, and when we do, we leave the vengeance to God. Does Emilia learn this lesson in More Than We Remember? Well, pre-order a copy of this novel today so you can find out! I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Bethany House Publishers, through NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    As I read this book I had to put it down several times. It wasn't that I was bored, it was because I had to process the deep emotions within the pages. More Than We Remember shares the story of three women who are very different until...one fatal car accident changes their lives forever. These three women are suddenly connected through a common tragedy that plunges them all into darkness and they must each find their own way to climb out of that darkness. Despair, heartache, and grief come to vi As I read this book I had to put it down several times. It wasn't that I was bored, it was because I had to process the deep emotions within the pages. More Than We Remember shares the story of three women who are very different until...one fatal car accident changes their lives forever. These three women are suddenly connected through a common tragedy that plunges them all into darkness and they must each find their own way to climb out of that darkness. Despair, heartache, and grief come to visit each of them, and because they have families, it branches out to touch each and every member. Raising teenage children, addiction to pain meds, and serious medical issues all add to this story plot but a key component is memory...the memories we recall and those that we forget. As dark as it may seem at times, there is always a way to the light and More Than We Remember reminds us that we are never truly alone. It is when Addison, Brianne, and Emilia believe that nothing can get any worse that their lives begin to turn around. "This was where the healing could begin. Not in the secrets and regrets, but in the moving forward, trusting, and truth." Author Christina Suzann Nelson has created some memorable characters and placed them in a powerful story of love, hope, and faith. It is wonderful contemporary Christian fiction and you won't soon forget More Than We Remember. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. There was no obligation for a positive review and I am sharing my honest thoughts.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I really enjoyed this novel with many interesting themes woven though a good plot. The novel is very well written with characters portrayed so that they really grabbed at my emotions. The plot is very realistic regarding the pain we experience. While there are some amazing victories, not every one lives happily ever after. Just like real life. I recommend this insightful and thought provoking novel. You'll be challenged with how characters trust God, struggle with offering forgiveness, battle car I really enjoyed this novel with many interesting themes woven though a good plot. The novel is very well written with characters portrayed so that they really grabbed at my emotions. The plot is very realistic regarding the pain we experience. While there are some amazing victories, not every one lives happily ever after. Just like real life. I recommend this insightful and thought provoking novel. You'll be challenged with how characters trust God, struggle with offering forgiveness, battle career obstacles, face failure and the responsibility of hurting others, and more. You will experience the joy and frustrations of women, so different in their personalities and goals, forming an unusual friendship. For me, the ending was a bit too convenient, although part of it was hinted at earlier. While I did not see any discussion questions in the galley I read, this would make a good choice for a reading group. There would be much to discuss. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    This was very well written woman's fiction. I enjoyed the story line. There is an interesting mystery, and a little mystery. Grief, trauma, and substance abuse are all explored in three different POVs. The author did a good job of making each voice distinct and individual. I recommend this book to readers of contemporary women's fiction. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley for the purpose of review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chelsie

    This novel starts off with a crash, literally! Officer Emilia Cruz in on her way to another non-urgent call when she comes upon the scene of an accident that must have just happened. Two teenage girls are hysterical in one vehicle, and two others are the source of the accident. Emilia finds a deceased driver in one, and a drunk in the other. She right then decides she will do everything in her power to make an example out of this man. How can someone be so careless? So reckless? Have no regard t This novel starts off with a crash, literally! Officer Emilia Cruz in on her way to another non-urgent call when she comes upon the scene of an accident that must have just happened. Two teenage girls are hysterical in one vehicle, and two others are the source of the accident. Emilia finds a deceased driver in one, and a drunk in the other. She right then decides she will do everything in her power to make an example out of this man. How can someone be so careless? So reckless? Have no regard that they could hurt others being under the influence? Addison is trying to hold things together. They have moved in with their mother-in-law while they are building their dream house in the field out back. Her mother-in-law seems to be losing it, but her husband does not see it. She is also trying to keep her three kids entertained and not worried about the fact they are starting in new schools this year. Meanwhile, she has no friends and no one to turn to in this new town, but her husband has been teaching here for years and it was a move that will be worth it in the end. Things can only get better from here, until there is a knock from an officer extremely early in the morning one morning, the same morning her husband has not returned from his night out meeting a friend. Brianne is trying to find herself again. She was once a counselor and loved her job until one of the children she was counseling committed suicide. From that time on, she has felt she is a failure and has introverted into her parents old house trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs. An officer knocks on her door one early morning, except it is not her house- they meant to go to the neighbors house just down from her. Although the officer recognizes her and asks her to come behind him, as this family may need counseling after what he is about to tell them. The lives of all of these people are irrevocably changed from this vehicle accident that has left one dead, with three sons who no longer have a mother, two teenagers who cannot ever get the scene of the accident out of their minds, and a family's father, and known community member be behind bars for one wrong decision. This novel was so good I did not want to put it down! All of these characters lives intertwined at one point or another along the way. Some good, some bad and in the end there are lessons learned and the truth of everything does comes out. Things are not always as they appear. Thank you so much to Bethany House Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this novel, I have found a new author!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennia

    A catastrophic accident one night on the outskirts of small-town West Crow sends a community reeling. Playing with a central theme of the fallibility of memory, the various central characters must sift through their faulty remembrances and perceptions of past events versus the truth. The author uses three POVs to weave the story and different viewpoints together, each of the female characters dealing with her own disappointments and setbacks. Police deputy Emilia comes across as no-nonsense, qui A catastrophic accident one night on the outskirts of small-town West Crow sends a community reeling. Playing with a central theme of the fallibility of memory, the various central characters must sift through their faulty remembrances and perceptions of past events versus the truth. The author uses three POVs to weave the story and different viewpoints together, each of the female characters dealing with her own disappointments and setbacks. Police deputy Emilia comes across as no-nonsense, quick to lay down the low at all costs, and blind to gray areas. Clouded by the tense atmosphere at home, she takes her frustrations out at work, pushing forward at all costs. Meanwhile, housewife and mom Addison, wife to the man charged as the cause of the fatal accident, feels like her entire world is spinning out of control. Problem after problem seems to be piling up and she feels unable to deal with her new reality. With a husband who can’t remember the night in question, an older daughter rebelling over their recent move, and a mother in law slipping further and further into dementia that only she seems to notice, she is in desperate need of a friend. Addison’s neighbor, Brianne, has shut herself away after a tragic incident causes her to doubt her effectiveness as a counselor. Now she spends her days creating art and hanging out with her new dog while rehashing past events over and over in her mind. After the accident pushes new neighbors Addison and Brianne together, they both realize how healing true friendship can be. Not a large issue, but especially near the end, certain fringe characters seemed alarmingly honest, with strangers and friends alike. I would have preferred to see more build up to explain their actions and their need to emotionally unload for this to have felt more true to life. Many of the twists were not surprising, but this did not lessen their emotional impact. I felt bonded to all three of the main characters, wanting each of them to overcome while learning to lean on both their faith and community. Nelson has written a strong, resounding story, teaching us that our first impressions are often wrong. Her story emphasizes the need to always keep an open mind before assuming we know the facts, and to hold off before judging not only others, but ourselves as well. 4.5 stars to this uplifting tale. Thank you to Bethany House for the complimentary copy. This did not impact my review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Barnes

    I would describe this story as a low impact mystery, meaning that it didn’t have a lot of suspense to me, however, there was a lot going on that kept my interest from beginning to end. The story follows Caleb Kilbourn’s case regarding a car accident that ended in a single mother’s death. The mystery stems from Caleb not knowing (or being sure) if he did it, although all evidence points to him. The story is from three points of view, Emilia – the deputy on Caleb’s case, Brianne – child counselor a I would describe this story as a low impact mystery, meaning that it didn’t have a lot of suspense to me, however, there was a lot going on that kept my interest from beginning to end. The story follows Caleb Kilbourn’s case regarding a car accident that ended in a single mother’s death. The mystery stems from Caleb not knowing (or being sure) if he did it, although all evidence points to him. The story is from three points of view, Emilia – the deputy on Caleb’s case, Brianne – child counselor and neighbor of the Kilbourns, and Addison – Caleb’s wife. These women have their own personal issues they’re dealing with, but I like how the author uses Caleb’s case to bring them together to deal with their problems. The strength of the story was the relationship between Brianne and Addison. It felt genuine and serve as a great example of how neighbors should be. I also liked how complex and varied the women’s personal issues were, but how Caleb’s case brought them together for resolution. The weakness was there wasn’t enough suspense for me. I know this is a preference, but I’m use to mysteries where I can’t see what’s coming next or how things will end. I also wasn’t convinced with the love story between Brianne and Seth. It felt a little rushed and forced. Due to how little time was spent on them in the story, it would have been nice if they ended off as friends or contemplating a serious relationship versus marriage. Overall, I would recommend this book to those who like cozy, Hallmark-style, stories. There wasn’t a lot of intrigue, but had that familiar, everyday life feel that many will appreciate and find endearing. ***This book was given to me by Bethany House for an honest review.***

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "Once again, life wasn't playing fair." The lives of three women converge one fate filled night on the Darlington-West Crow Highway. One, being the officer who responded; another, the wife of the driver; and the third, was simply a neighbor. Tragically for all three, there was nothing remotely simple about the head on collision that claimed the life of a single mother, especially when the man responsible maintains no recollection of the accident, or why he had even been on the road that 3.5 stars "Once again, life wasn't playing fair." The lives of three women converge one fate filled night on the Darlington-West Crow Highway. One, being the officer who responded; another, the wife of the driver; and the third, was simply a neighbor. Tragically for all three, there was nothing remotely simple about the head on collision that claimed the life of a single mother, especially when the man responsible maintains no recollection of the accident, or why he had even been on the road that night. Determined that she has the evidence to convict Caleb Kilbourn of drunk driving and vehicular homicide, Deputy Emilia Cruz presses the case forward. Addison Kilbourn has never known her husband to drink alcohol, but she does know that he had not been truthful about his whereabouts on the night in question. Brianne Demmano has been living in virtual solitude after tossing her counseling career aside, until her distressed neighbors, the Kilbourns, desperately need her assistance during their current family upheaval. Memories are a curious thing. Some lead to thoughts of bitterness and revenge, others simply confuse and confound, while others are twisted out of proportion; producing guilt and regret. Others still can be manufactured after repeatedly injecting falsehoods. The author has woven all of these scenarios into a fascinating story with the assurance that " . . it's a dangerous thing to make decisions out of fear. Fear can stop us from seeing the wonderful adventures and people who are waiting for us to show up." I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marylin

    Why is it we remember the lies others say to us or the lies we say to ourselves? These lies can so often distort the truth and cause pain to ourselves and others around us. Is remembering them healthy or harmful? Where do we find the truth? In this very dramatic book that touches so many lives, we see the effects of what can happen if we listen to these lies. The author, Christina Suzann Nelson, is a wonderfully gifted author who brings real-life issues to light. I appreciate the way she wrote ab Why is it we remember the lies others say to us or the lies we say to ourselves? These lies can so often distort the truth and cause pain to ourselves and others around us. Is remembering them healthy or harmful? Where do we find the truth? In this very dramatic book that touches so many lives, we see the effects of what can happen if we listen to these lies. The author, Christina Suzann Nelson, is a wonderfully gifted author who brings real-life issues to light. I appreciate the way she wrote about some pretty tough things and how others deal with them. This author weaves the stories of three women’s lives in such a way, that I was captured and held suspended until I finished the book. I didn’t want to believe I had a judgmental spirit, but this book made me stop and think, am I looking at things through a blurry, distorted lens? Do I truly know what the people around me are dealing with? Can I give them hope and encouragement? I want to personally thank the author for opening my eyes to some of these things about myself. I hope you too will pick up this book and read it. I was given this book by the publisher and in no way did it influences my review, all opinions are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Christina Suzann Nelson's latest novel, More than We Remember is filled with hope and pain, while the reader is filled and longing of the story after it is over. This book is one that gets inside of you and is hard to forget. A fatal car accident has left three women carrying deep burdens, and pain as they search to have these areas filled and explained, to overcome the past. These three women are incredibly developed throughout the novel and Nelson's portrays their issues in a realistic light, g Christina Suzann Nelson's latest novel, More than We Remember is filled with hope and pain, while the reader is filled and longing of the story after it is over. This book is one that gets inside of you and is hard to forget. A fatal car accident has left three women carrying deep burdens, and pain as they search to have these areas filled and explained, to overcome the past. These three women are incredibly developed throughout the novel and Nelson's portrays their issues in a realistic light, giving the reader the opportunity to see different points of view, while experiencing the novel. This is a book where the reader gets to enter into the struggle. The characters are well developed and the reader does experience the heartbreak and even the joys of the characters. The faith element by each of these characters portrays a very real like faith, and the everyday human experience. This is a book you every reader must experience! If you are looking for a deeper fiction novel, this is your book! I am excited to read future books from Christina Suzann Nelson.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    Women’s Fiction isn’t my go-to genre, but when I read the premise of this book, I thought I would give it a try. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. I really liked the threads that wove these three women together. Though they are all very different, with varying backgrounds and goals, they are also undeniably connected. The struggles each one faced, whether it was family, past mistakes, or present pain, all felt very real, and I think any reader would find a place to relate. The lost memories Women’s Fiction isn’t my go-to genre, but when I read the premise of this book, I thought I would give it a try. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. I really liked the threads that wove these three women together. Though they are all very different, with varying backgrounds and goals, they are also undeniably connected. The struggles each one faced, whether it was family, past mistakes, or present pain, all felt very real, and I think any reader would find a place to relate. The lost memories and the mystery that surrounds that helps to keep the plot moving forward. But even without that, the characters in this book were compelling enough to keep me reading. There was a small romance plot throughout the book, that I also liked. I knew by the nature of the book, that it wouldn’t have a neat, all-tied-up-in-a-bow ending, because that’s not how life works. But I really did love how the author resolved things. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julie Rothenfluh

    How reliable is memory? How often do we jump to assumptions based on our often unrecognized prejudices and how many lives can be ruined when we do? How long can we blame ourselves for mistakes that we didn’t even make? These questions, and more! are considered here! Caleb Kilbourn is found at the wheel of a truck responsible for a deadly accident. Deputy Emilia Cruz, who has troubles of her own, smells alcohol on Caleb and finds pills in his vehicle. But Caleb has no memory of what has happened. How reliable is memory? How often do we jump to assumptions based on our often unrecognized prejudices and how many lives can be ruined when we do? How long can we blame ourselves for mistakes that we didn’t even make? These questions, and more! are considered here! Caleb Kilbourn is found at the wheel of a truck responsible for a deadly accident. Deputy Emilia Cruz, who has troubles of her own, smells alcohol on Caleb and finds pills in his vehicle. But Caleb has no memory of what has happened. So fall the first dominoes of disaster for Caleb’s wife, Addison, as she grapples with the accident’s impact on her husband, her children, and her mother in law. Neighbor, Brianne Demanno, struggling with her own demons, is called on to help the family in need. The mystery element was good and the human element reminds us of the importance of having an open mind and an open heart

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