When I Lost You, Kelly Rimmer
Genre: Romance, women’s fiction
I’ve enjoyed a few books by Kelly now, she has an easy to read writing style and yet one that’s filled with emotion, and pulls at the heart strings. This book certainly did that!!
The story alternates between past and present, between Leo and Molly’s POV and that gave me an insight into how they were feeling inside.
Its easy to side with Molly and feel Leo is to blame, but then reading his thoughts you see where he sees things as going wrong. It was an awful situation, made worse by the change in circumstances, and his loss of memory. I so felt for Molly, so in love, trying so hard and yet I could see why Leo was so solidly determined to stay with his incredibly dangerous job. He seemed to feel that it defined him, made him Someone, and given his background he needed that to be the man he though Molly wanted. Take away his job and he’d lose all the confidence and personality that she loves – well, that’s how he seems to see it.
Its a tough call, how far can we go in asking someone to give up something they love, and which is a huge part of their life. Will they ultimately grow to resent the other person for forcing the issue? Yet if things don’t change will the other person resent being forced into a passive role accepting something they really don’t like, worrying all the time and maybe deciding the worry and upset isn’t worth the good parts? It’s something faced by many couples.
I loved this book but one thing stopped the magic five for me – I felt the build up was great, played out so well, had me on the edge of tears and yet somehow the ending just didn’t feel totally convincing to me. I had a hard time accepting it, somehow it seemed too much of a convenient compromise, and a solution that could maybe have been thought of before – still, I’d have missed all the angst then 😉
Stars: Four, an excellent and heart wrenching read
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