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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    Not Bad

    Posted on Romancing the Book's blog
    Reviewed by~JoAnne

    This was a contemporary novel that delved deep into the psyche of Nell, only one of 2 survivors of a plane crash where 152 others died. Nell’s family and friends along with the other survivor, an actor, and her therapist try to help Nell get her memories back since she suffered amnesia as a result of the crash. Nothing about her life seemed right as they fed her tidbits or tried to immerse her in her old life. Even the home she shared with her husband didn’t feel like hers. She was determined to become a new, better Nell, as she slowly got her memories back and not be so structured and stiff in her beliefs and actions and it takes the entire book to get her there with her making small strides periodically. Along the way more and more truths come out about her life the way she wanted it to be and the memories that began to surface as she tried to leave the past behind showing how different it really was. The anger and angst that each of the characters held inside as well as unleashed on each other was cathartic in its own way. Small memories created larger ones and Nell learned that she could only trust herself and that her life would be what she made of it and not necessarily what her mom or husband wanted for her. It was a feel good story at the end – although not really a happily ever after and it could have continued on for a few more chapters. There were a lot of emotions throughout the book and you rode the highs and lows with Nell and the others although there were a lot more lows than anything. There were vivid descriptions of the house in Virginia and the surrounding property to make you feel you were there. This book was reminiscent to me of Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan, who actually was quoted on the cover. I have not read books before by this author but will definitely give her first book, Time Of My Life, a try.

    Favorite Quote: “Your dreams are your dreams,” she says. “Sometimes you compromise yourself to get there.” She drops her chin just a touch, then gazes out across the landscape. “Show me someone who isn’t guilty of that, and I’ll show you someone who never dreamed in the first place.”

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