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More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson {A Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

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?

CBA bestselling author Christina Suzann Nelson writes stories that focus on changing legacies from dysfunction to hope. Her first novel, If We Make It Home, was named a Library Journal Best Book of 2017 and a Foreword INDIES 2017 Book of the Year. Christina is a part of Oregon Christian Writers and a member of ACFW, where she has served as the northwest zone director. She lives in Oregon's gorgeous Willamette Valley with her husband of 26 years and their children. Find her online at www.christinasuzannnelson.com.

Wow, what a beautiful story this was. This was the first book that I had personally read by Christina Suzann Nelson, so I wasn't sure quite what to expect, but I was blown away by the beautifully crafted story she created... a story reminding us how quickly just one moment can change everything for so many people.

More Than We Remember tackles some pretty heavy topics such as abuse, suicide, alcohol and drug use, etc. Wow... like I said a LOT going on here. And yet it talks about these topics in a unique way that I don't feel we hear about all that often, not from those in the midst of those struggles themselves, but by those impacted by them. I hesitate to say too much more as I don't want to give anything away, but it was truly a beautiful story to read. It certainly had me pondering how I might react and feel if I were in these character's shoes. And what a group of characters they were. These three ladies all had their own unique struggles, but all were impacted greatly by this one event. I found myself really drawn to each and every one and wasn't quite ready to say goodbye when the story ended. 

In some ways there was a bit of mystery within the story too. What really happened? Who was to blame? How did it all fit together? It certainly kept me reading to find out all the answers. It wasn't a super fast paced story by any means, but it was certainly engaging.

Overall, this was a really fantastic read and one that I would certainly recommend. I think we can all learn a little something from these characters about forgiveness, grace and compassion.


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