06 January, 2014

#BookReview :: Remember (Redemption #2) by Karen Kingsbury, Gary Smalley

Strong-willed Ashley Baxter is trying to forget. She has locked up her heart, convinced that no one - including God - could love her. Four unlikely people - Alzheimer's patients - find the cracks in Ashley's heart and slowly help her remember. Then comes the nightmare of September 11, which forever changes the lives of the Baxter family, causing them to remember what is important and leading them to make decisions that are both heartbreaking and hope-filled. 

A Special Note: Redemption series is Christian Fiction. I am not Christian and I have not read the Bible. So, I am not in a position to agree or disagree with the religious side of the book and my review will be solely focus on this series as a work of fiction and my point of views on the characters/situations as a third person. I do not mean to criticize or applaud any of the religious views presented through the stories.

Ashley Baxter had always been the free-spirit of her family. She had always stood out amongst the faithful family members that she belonged to. Ashley wanted more from her life than what her ‘safe’ family could provide. So, she travels to Paris in search of adventure and to make her mark in the world of Art. But when she returns from Paris, she is pregnant and tight-lipped about it all and even though she was finally back home – she was as unreachable by her family as if she was still in Paris. Landon Blake, who has been in love with her since their teens, tries to bring her out of that shell with his love and attention. Yet, Ashley remains unresponsive towards his gestures… On the other hand, Luke, the baby of the family returns after the 9/11 incidence questioning everything that the family has always stood for. There’s also a sort of conclusion to Kari’s story from the first installment.

I have to say that I liked this story more than Redemption. Ms.Karen continues with her fascinating style of story-telling that keeps you close to the story and flow with it. She has included the 9/11 tragedy in a manner that makes the incident personal globally. I liked Ashley and couldn’t help but compare her to her elder sister Kari. Ashley comes across as more practical though they are equally soft hearted. I also absolutely loved the ‘extras’ in the novel. Ashley’s Alzheimer’s patients manage to touch a readers’ heart in a way that is impossible to ignore. Luke on the other hand touched the wrong nerves in me and I couldn’t just muster up the patience to deal with his hypocrisy in this novel. The next book in the series is going to focus on Luke’s story and I sure do hope he redeems himself before it is too late. Landon is a sweet guy too.

As with the characters, the plot of this novel matured a bit too over the first installment and I have rather enjoyed reading this one.

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