You don’t expect to be somewhere else where the faces are unfamiliar. Where you are unfamiliar. With one blink I had no family, no home, no name, and no past. I was alone, until I met the Reilly brothers. They gave me purpose again.
A reason to trust. A reason to love. A reason to rebuild a life full of forgotten memories. Together, they would try to rewrite my history.
She awakens from a nightmare that seems so real and familiar, but finds herself in a hospital with no memory of her name or why she tried to kill herself. She meets a volunteer named Grady who rescues her from being sent to a women’s shelter – homeless, alone, and without her identity. Why would he help her?
Then there was Brandt, Grady’s brother, whom she found herself attracted to. Two brothers who were helpful and had experienced a tragic loss. Her name is Freckles because she has dissociative amnesia and doesn’t remember her name. I found this to be intriguing and drew me in to want to know more. She’s 23 with a whole life ahead, but missing her past.
Grady’s loss and his tears were heartbreaking. The brothers were a mystery unto themselves. So kind, yet full of pain. How did they fit in to her story? A friend’s sister remembered meeting her at a party, but couldn’t remember her name. Teasers. Memories returning and teasing her with scenes that were incomplete. Until almost halfway through, she remembers it all. And what she had tried to escape had to be faced and mourned. And that she was dealing with PTSD and depression.
The author did a great job unfolding the story from Freckles’ POV as to how crushing it is for to regain her memory after her suicide attempt and faced what caused her to want to die. I never thought about those tragic events outside of the headlines and social media posts. This book asks who the survivors are, who did they lose, and how could they possibly find the will to survive such losses. Instead of being a downer, the book offers hope in the face of loss and true love never dies.
Note: I had originally read the original version of this, Forgotten Treasures, and I had been enthralled by it. Reading a modified version was interesting and no less absorbing. I received an ARC (advance reader copy) for review purposes. This is my honest review. I also 1-clicked a copy.
been writing ever since.
when I’m not writing I’m enjoying the short time I have with my babies and my husband.