More Than We Remember
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?

More Than We Remember Details

TitleMore Than We Remember
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 18th, 2020
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764235382
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary, Christian

More Than We Remember Review

  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    While this novel is about dementia, suicide, drug dependency, death and other difficult topics, at the heart it's primarily a story of being involved enough in the lives of others to see beyond the surface. There is fulfillment to be gleaned if we seek it out.I love the way the author book ends with two young teens that are secondary characters. It lets us know that readers were exposed to only three families impacted by tragedy and there are others in pain too.Brianne was my favorite of the While this novel is about dementia, suicide, drug dependency, death and other difficult topics, at the heart it's primarily a story of being involved enough in the lives of others to see beyond the surface. There is fulfillment to be gleaned if we seek it out.I love the way the author book ends with two young teens that are secondary characters. It lets us know that readers were exposed to only three families impacted by tragedy and there are others in pain too.Brianne was my favorite of the three featured, but each family intersected and impacted each other.I look forward to reading other works by this author. My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary NetGalley copy. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    All the feels. This book has them all you will cry, you will laugh, you want to reach out and let them know you care and are there for them.As I read this book, I was emotional, at first so much was going on I was not sure how I felt but it was a book I won't soon forget.This was my first time reading this author but I can say it will not be my last book by Nelson.5 stars in my opinion and I HIGHLY recommend it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review All the feels. This book has them all you will cry, you will laugh, you want to reach out and let them know you care and are there for them.As I read this book, I was emotional, at first so much was going on I was not sure how I felt but it was a book I won't soon forget.This was my first time reading this author but I can say it will not be my last book by Nelson.5 stars in my opinion and I HIGHLY recommend it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Another wonderful offering from Christina Nelson. I really connected with each of the main characters and liked going on their journeys with them. The bits of mystery surrounding the main accident kept me intrigued and guessing.There were times during each character's story that I didn't like them at all, but then there were times that they endeared themselves to me. Some parts of the plot are predictable and I saw them coming, but there are some surprises that I enjoyed.The story is a quick Another wonderful offering from Christina Nelson. I really connected with each of the main characters and liked going on their journeys with them. The bits of mystery surrounding the main accident kept me intrigued and guessing.There were times during each character's story that I didn't like them at all, but then there were times that they endeared themselves to me. Some parts of the plot are predictable and I saw them coming, but there are some surprises that I enjoyed.The story is a quick read, but occasionally I would get lost because the points of view move very quickly from one character to the next, sometimes after a couple of paragraphs, and it required some concentration to know whose point of view I was reading. After a little bit I got into the flow, but it did take a while. Solid book, highly recommended, and will definitely read more from this author in the future.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
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  • Camille Eide
    January 1, 1970
    Charming While Authentically RealWhat a wealth of practical insight and emotional intelligence in this thought-provoking story. Full of heart-wrenching emotion, human frailty, and gentle wisdom, Nelson has again proven herself highly adept at creating endearing, authentic characters struggling with the stress of heartbreaking situations while stirring her charming wit and inspiring wisdom through it all.I love that the book’s title hints at an important theme that grows in clarity as the story Charming While Authentically RealWhat a wealth of practical insight and emotional intelligence in this thought-provoking story. Full of heart-wrenching emotion, human frailty, and gentle wisdom, Nelson has again proven herself highly adept at creating endearing, authentic characters struggling with the stress of heartbreaking situations while stirring her charming wit and inspiring wisdom through it all.I love that the book’s title hints at an important theme that grows in clarity as the story unfolds. The way three women and their loved ones’ lives intersect over the unfolding of difficult questions touches on the way memories are formed, reformed, malformed, and how easily memories, whether clear or distorted, can become an instrument of harm to ourselves and to others if we’re not careful.This story reminds me that while grief, pain, and hopelessness are sadly a real part of life, hope, help, and the goodness of a trustworthy God are also very real.
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  • Leslie M.
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI enjoy stories told from multiple POVs, and this was no exception. I've never read anything by this author in the past, but she's definitely on my radar now!More Than We Remember is an emotional, suspenseful tale. It pulled me in from the start. Overall, this highly engaging tale is a hope-filled story with friendship and faith as key themes. There are certainly some heart-wrenching scenes, but also scenes of forgiveness and redemption. I love how Nelson ties the lives of the three 4.5 starsI enjoy stories told from multiple POVs, and this was no exception. I've never read anything by this author in the past, but she's definitely on my radar now!More Than We Remember is an emotional, suspenseful tale. It pulled me in from the start. Overall, this highly engaging tale is a hope-filled story with friendship and faith as key themes. There are certainly some heart-wrenching scenes, but also scenes of forgiveness and redemption. I love how Nelson ties the lives of the three (seemingly different) women together. Difficult topics are addressed, including drug addiction, abuse, and brain injury. Scenes and characters are realistic and relatable. Nelson holds back nothing, showing the good with the bad.I loved the character growth, particularly in Roger, Addison, Breanne, and Caleb. It was hard not to root for them all. It was challenging, at times, to like Emilia, but that changed as her backstory unfolded.Overall, this is a beautiful book (and one of my favorites so far in 2020) that shows God's light shining through dark circumstances.Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    This novel was so touching. The writing had me emotionally involved. Emilia, Addison, and Brianne move in different circles. When a horrific car accident happens, their circles intersect like a Venn Diagram. Each woman is haunted by her own demons. Each one has been shaped by her background and circumstances. Each one has faith, sometimes strong, sometimes floundering. Each one is just trying to live her life. Much like the rest of us. Ms. Nelson has posed seemingly impossible situations for This novel was so touching. The writing had me emotionally involved. Emilia, Addison, and Brianne move in different circles. When a horrific car accident happens, their circles intersect like a Venn Diagram. Each woman is haunted by her own demons. Each one has been shaped by her background and circumstances. Each one has faith, sometimes strong, sometimes floundering. Each one is just trying to live her life. Much like the rest of us. Ms. Nelson has posed seemingly impossible situations for each woman and through their interaction and through those around them, they are shown to grow in their faith. The everyday things become more than they can deal with. But God is in control and He can change perceptions. As Addison says: “It’s easy to see what we want to see, or even what we expect to see. It’s much harder to stand back and see the truth.”The author has a way of creeping into the thoughts of her characters and giving us profound lessons. There are shocking moments as well as tender ones and the relief of amusing antics of children and a dog. This novel comes across as real life. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Nelson and I will be sure to look up her previous offerings. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so good! It was my first book by this author, but I don’t think it will be my last. I love how she wrote about the 3 different women and how their lives were connected by a tragedy. I also love the message of hope in here. I would definitely recommend this book!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Inspirationalfictionreader
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second story that I have read by Christina Suzann Nelson. I really like her writing style as it draws you immediately into the story. In More Than We Remember, there are three points of view. This was well done and really worked for this story because you get to know what each of the main characters is feeling and thinking. I also liked the slight mystery that ran throughout.That being said, for me, this story, including all of the secondary stories, was just too heavy. I wish the This is the second story that I have read by Christina Suzann Nelson. I really like her writing style as it draws you immediately into the story. In More Than We Remember, there are three points of view. This was well done and really worked for this story because you get to know what each of the main characters is feeling and thinking. I also liked the slight mystery that ran throughout.That being said, for me, this story, including all of the secondary stories, was just too heavy. I wish the romance thread would have started sooner and been expanded more. I think this would’ve balanced the story out a bit. I did appreciate Lilly, the young daughter of one of the main characters, who added a touch of lightness to the story. I also felt like the ending was too rushed especially since we had more than one story coming to a conclusion.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations with a GIVEAWAYFilled with heartache, pain, and hope for the future, Christina Suzann Nelson’s latest novel, More Than We Remember, will have readers reflecting on the story long after the final page. After a fatal car accident, three women find themselves connected in a shocking way that will change their lives forever. A coach’s wife, a deputy, and a counselor…three women carrying burdens of their own, are all searching for answers to overcome the pain Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations with a GIVEAWAYFilled with heartache, pain, and hope for the future, Christina Suzann Nelson’s latest novel, More Than We Remember, will have readers reflecting on the story long after the final page. After a fatal car accident, three women find themselves connected in a shocking way that will change their lives forever. A coach’s wife, a deputy, and a counselor…three women carrying burdens of their own, are all searching for answers to overcome the pain of their pasts. More Than We Remember is the first book I have read by Christina Suzann Nelson. She realistically portrays issues that both adults and teenagers are facing in society, including addiction to pain medication and the popularity of vaping among teens. The women, their husbands, and children all have struggles they are facing, and everything is not always as it seems.The characters were well-developed and the readers could personally feel the pain they were experiencing. I did not care for the personality or character of deputy Emilia Cruz, but I could sympathize with the struggles that she was experiencing in her family life as she tried to find justice for victims in her law enforcement career. More Than We Remember is recommended for readers who are looking for a novel focusing on deeper subject material. I am looking forward to reading Christina Suzann Nelson’s next novel. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson is exquisite. This is a story that got under my skin, pierced my heart, and left me cheering. This story made me talk; I may have bugged my husband every couple of hours with random thoughts and questions: what is forgiveness? What does grace actually look like? What if…? I absolutely adore when a book gets me thinking and makes stop in my reader tracks to have an immediate conversation. I truly love everything about this book — the superb writing More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson is exquisite. This is a story that got under my skin, pierced my heart, and left me cheering. This story made me talk; I may have bugged my husband every couple of hours with random thoughts and questions: what is forgiveness? What does grace actually look like? What if…? I absolutely adore when a book gets me thinking and makes stop in my reader tracks to have an immediate conversation. I truly love everything about this book — the superb writing style, the endearing, multi-faceted characters, the conflicts, and the thought-provoking themes. I didn’t know who Christina Suzann Nelson was before reading More Than We Remember, but I do now and all I can say is I want MORE stories penned by this fantastic storyteller!I’m not going to tell you one thing about this book because this story MUST be experienced, but I do want to talk about grace. I want to begin by saying Emilia — one of the three protagonists — drove me crazy. She is 100%, laser-focused on finding and meting out justice. Everything is about making bad guys pay. I’m never against bad guys paying for their crimes, but the phrase “bad guys” isn’t always so black and white. Justice without grace is just vengeance and the Bible is very clear that vengeance is God’s alone (Deuteronomy 32:35). One of the many questions I asked my husband while reading this book was, “What is grace?” He replied, “It’s unmerited favor.” I thanked him, and then thought to myself, “I know the definition, but what is grace, really?”Once upon a time, God came down to earth and died for us. He believed, and still believes, that we humans are worth everything. Jesus took the wrath we deserve and defeated Death so we can live with Him in eternity. And He did it for us as a free gift … an unmerited favor so to speak. What Jesus did for us all on that cross was, and is, the ultimate example of grace. If you’re like me, or like Emilia from this novel, you may be asking, “How do I show grace to others especially when others do very bad things that hurt me and/or my loved ones?” Excellent question!!! I will answer that in a minute. But first, the reason why I struggle with Emilia — because she is me! I crave justice too. I hate evil. I hate when bad guys win. It makes my blood boil. And, sometimes I think I verge into actual hate. But, I don’t want to be filled with hate. God wants us all to love. In Colossians 3:12-14 it explains how God dresses us for a life of love. When we accept God as our Lord and Savior He fills us with compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, and discipline. With these qualities, we can be even-tempered and content with whatever God allows our way. And, we can forgive just as Jesus forgave us. This is love. This is grace. We have the power to show others grace when we accept God’s wardrobe, and when we do, we leave the vengeance to God. Does Emilia learn this lesson in More Than We Remember? Well, pre-order a copy of this novel today so you can find out!I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Bethany House Publishers, through NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this novel with many interesting themes woven though a good plot. The novel is very well written with characters portrayed so that they really grabbed at my emotions. The plot is very realistic regarding the pain we experience. While there are some amazing victories, not every one lives happily ever after. Just like real life.I recommend this insightful and thought provoking novel. You'll be challenged with how characters trust God, struggle with offering forgiveness, battle I really enjoyed this novel with many interesting themes woven though a good plot. The novel is very well written with characters portrayed so that they really grabbed at my emotions. The plot is very realistic regarding the pain we experience. While there are some amazing victories, not every one lives happily ever after. Just like real life.I recommend this insightful and thought provoking novel. You'll be challenged with how characters trust God, struggle with offering forgiveness, battle career obstacles, face failure and the responsibility of hurting others, and more. You will experience the joy and frustrations of women, so different in their personalities and goals, forming an unusual friendship. For me, the ending was a bit too convenient, although part of it was hinted at earlier.While I did not see any discussion questions in the galley I read, this would make a good choice for a reading group. There would be much to discuss.I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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  • Chelsie
    January 1, 1970
    This novel starts off with a crash, literally! Officer Emilia Cruz in on her way to another non-urgent call when she comes upon the scene of an accident that must have just happened. Two teenage girls are hysterical in one vehicle, and two others are the source of the accident. Emilia finds a deceased driver in one, and a drunk in the other. She right then decides she will do everything in her power to make an example out of this man. How can someone be so careless? So reckless? Have no regard This novel starts off with a crash, literally! Officer Emilia Cruz in on her way to another non-urgent call when she comes upon the scene of an accident that must have just happened. Two teenage girls are hysterical in one vehicle, and two others are the source of the accident. Emilia finds a deceased driver in one, and a drunk in the other. She right then decides she will do everything in her power to make an example out of this man. How can someone be so careless? So reckless? Have no regard that they could hurt others being under the influence?Addison is trying to hold things together. They have moved in with their mother-in-law while they are building their dream house in the field out back. Her mother-in-law seems to be losing it, but her husband does not see it. She is also trying to keep her three kids entertained and not worried about the fact they are starting in new schools this year. Meanwhile, she has no friends and no one to turn to in this new town, but her husband has been teaching here for years and it was a move that will be worth it in the end. Things can only get better from here, until there is a knock from an officer extremely early in the morning one morning, the same morning her husband has not returned from his night out meeting a friend.Brianne is trying to find herself again. She was once a counselor and loved her job until one of the children she was counseling committed suicide. From that time on, she has felt she is a failure and has introverted into her parents old house trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs. An officer knocks on her door one early morning, except it is not her house- they meant to go to the neighbors house just down from her. Although the officer recognizes her and asks her to come behind him, as this family may need counseling after what he is about to tell them.The lives of all of these people are irrevocably changed from this vehicle accident that has left one dead, with three sons who no longer have a mother, two teenagers who cannot ever get the scene of the accident out of their minds, and a family's father, and known community member be behind bars for one wrong decision.This novel was so good I did not want to put it down! All of these characters lives intertwined at one point or another along the way. Some good, some bad and in the end there are lessons learned and the truth of everything does comes out. Things are not always as they appear.Thank you so much to Bethany House Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this novel, I have found a new author!
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  • Jennia
    January 1, 1970
    A catastrophic accident one night on the outskirts of small-town West Crow sends a community reeling. Playing with a central theme of the fallibility of memory, the various central characters must sift through their faulty remembrances and perceptions of past events versus the truth. The author uses three POVs to weave the story and different viewpoints together, each of the female characters dealing with her own disappointments and setbacks. Police deputy Emilia comes across as no-nonsense, A catastrophic accident one night on the outskirts of small-town West Crow sends a community reeling. Playing with a central theme of the fallibility of memory, the various central characters must sift through their faulty remembrances and perceptions of past events versus the truth. The author uses three POVs to weave the story and different viewpoints together, each of the female characters dealing with her own disappointments and setbacks. Police deputy Emilia comes across as no-nonsense, quick to lay down the low at all costs, and blind to gray areas. Clouded by the tense atmosphere at home, she takes her frustrations out at work, pushing forward at all costs. Meanwhile, housewife and mom Addison, wife to the man charged as the cause of the fatal accident, feels like her entire world is spinning out of control. Problem after problem seems to be piling up and she feels unable to deal with her new reality. With a husband who can’t remember the night in question, an older daughter rebelling over their recent move, and a mother in law slipping further and further into dementia that only she seems to notice, she is in desperate need of a friend. Addison’s neighbor, Brianne, has shut herself away after a tragic incident causes her to doubt her effectiveness as a counselor. Now she spends her days creating art and hanging out with her new dog while rehashing past events over and over in her mind. After the accident pushes new neighbors Addison and Brianne together, they both realize how healing true friendship can be. Not a large issue, but especially near the end, certain fringe characters seemed alarmingly honest, with strangers and friends alike. I would have preferred to see more build up to explain their actions and their need to emotionally unload for this to have felt more true to life. Many of the twists were not surprising, but this did not lessen their emotional impact. I felt bonded to all three of the main characters, wanting each of them to overcome while learning to lean on both their faith and community. Nelson has written a strong, resounding story, teaching us that our first impressions are often wrong. Her story emphasizes the need to always keep an open mind before assuming we know the facts, and to hold off before judging not only others, but ourselves as well. 4.5 stars to this uplifting tale. Thank you to Bethany House for the complimentary copy. This did not impact my review.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars"Once again, life wasn't playing fair."The lives of three women converge one fate filled night on the Darlington-West Crow Highway. One, being the officer who responded; another, the wife of the driver; and the third, was simply a neighbor. Tragically for all three, there was nothing remotely simple about the head on collision that claimed the life of a single mother, especially when the man responsible maintains no recollection of the accident, or why he had even been on the road that 3.5 stars"Once again, life wasn't playing fair."The lives of three women converge one fate filled night on the Darlington-West Crow Highway. One, being the officer who responded; another, the wife of the driver; and the third, was simply a neighbor. Tragically for all three, there was nothing remotely simple about the head on collision that claimed the life of a single mother, especially when the man responsible maintains no recollection of the accident, or why he had even been on the road that night.Determined that she has the evidence to convict Caleb Kilbourn of drunk driving and vehicular homicide, Deputy Emilia Cruz presses the case forward. Addison Kilbourn has never known her husband to drink alcohol, but she does know that he had not been truthful about his whereabouts on the night in question. Brianne Demmano has been living in virtual solitude after tossing her counseling career aside, until her distressed neighbors, the Kilbourns, desperately need her assistance during their current family upheaval.Memories are a curious thing. Some lead to thoughts of bitterness and revenge, others simply confuse and confound, while others are twisted out of proportion; producing guilt and regret. Others still can be manufactured after repeatedly injecting falsehoods. The author has woven all of these scenarios into a fascinating story with the assurance that " . . it's a dangerous thing to make decisions out of fear. Fear can stop us from seeing the wonderful adventures and people who are waiting for us to show up."I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Marylin
    January 1, 1970
    Why is it we remember the lies others say to us or the lies we say to ourselves? These lies can so often distort the truth and cause pain to ourselves and others around us. Is remembering them healthy or harmful? Where do we find the truth?In this very dramatic book that touches so many lives, we see the effects of what can happen if we listen to these lies. The author, Christina Suzann Nelson, is a wonderfully gifted author who brings real-life issues to light. I appreciate the way she wrote Why is it we remember the lies others say to us or the lies we say to ourselves? These lies can so often distort the truth and cause pain to ourselves and others around us. Is remembering them healthy or harmful? Where do we find the truth?In this very dramatic book that touches so many lives, we see the effects of what can happen if we listen to these lies. The author, Christina Suzann Nelson, is a wonderfully gifted author who brings real-life issues to light. I appreciate the way she wrote about some pretty tough things and how others deal with them. This author weaves the stories of three women’s lives in such a way, that I was captured and held suspended until I finished the book. I didn’t want to believe I had a judgmental spirit, but this book made me stop and think, am I looking at things through a blurry, distorted lens? Do I truly know what the people around me are dealing with? Can I give them hope and encouragement?I want to personally thank the author for opening my eyes to some of these things about myself. I hope you too will pick up this book and read it. I was given this book by the publisher and in no way did it influences my review, all opinions are my own.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Christina Suzann Nelson's latest novel, More than We Remember is filled with hope and pain, while the reader is filled and longing of the story after it is over. This book is one that gets inside of you and is hard to forget.A fatal car accident has left three women carrying deep burdens, and pain as they search to have these areas filled and explained, to overcome the past. These three women are incredibly developed throughout the novel and Nelson's portrays their issues in a realistic light, Christina Suzann Nelson's latest novel, More than We Remember is filled with hope and pain, while the reader is filled and longing of the story after it is over. This book is one that gets inside of you and is hard to forget.A fatal car accident has left three women carrying deep burdens, and pain as they search to have these areas filled and explained, to overcome the past. These three women are incredibly developed throughout the novel and Nelson's portrays their issues in a realistic light, giving the reader the opportunity to see different points of view, while experiencing the novel. This is a book where the reader gets to enter into the struggle. The characters are well developed and the reader does experience the heartbreak and even the joys of the characters. The faith element by each of these characters portrays a very real like faith, and the everyday human experience. This is a book you every reader must experience! If you are looking for a deeper fiction novel, this is your book! I am excited to read future books from Christina Suzann Nelson.
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    Women’s Fiction isn’t my go-to genre, but when I read the premise of this book, I thought I would give it a try. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected.I really liked the threads that wove these three women together. Though they are all very different, with varying backgrounds and goals, they are also undeniably connected. The struggles each one faced, whether it was family, past mistakes, or present pain, all felt very real, and I think any reader would find a place to relate.The lost memories Women’s Fiction isn’t my go-to genre, but when I read the premise of this book, I thought I would give it a try. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected.I really liked the threads that wove these three women together. Though they are all very different, with varying backgrounds and goals, they are also undeniably connected. The struggles each one faced, whether it was family, past mistakes, or present pain, all felt very real, and I think any reader would find a place to relate.The lost memories and the mystery that surrounds that helps to keep the plot moving forward. But even without that, the characters in this book were compelling enough to keep me reading.There was a small romance plot throughout the book, that I also liked.I knew by the nature of the book, that it wouldn’t have a neat, all-tied-up-in-a-bow ending, because that’s not how life works. But I really did love how the author resolved things.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Danielle Sears
    January 1, 1970
    So….wow. There is so much packed into this book. The stories that weave in and out with each other are more realistic than most things I’ve read. Emilia’s anger is palatable. Her despair, her struggle, is so real to me that I wanted to jump in and help her.I related the most to Brianne. I think a lot like she did in this story. I understood all of the characters’ feelings and thought the stories were excellent examples of how God can change things in what seems like the blink of an eye.I LOVED So….wow. There is so much packed into this book. The stories that weave in and out with each other are more realistic than most things I’ve read. Emilia’s anger is palatable. Her despair, her struggle, is so real to me that I wanted to jump in and help her.I related the most to Brianne. I think a lot like she did in this story. I understood all of the characters’ feelings and thought the stories were excellent examples of how God can change things in what seems like the blink of an eye.I LOVED seeing the changes in Roger, Addison, Breanne, Caleb…all of the characters. Roger made me the most proud. I didn’t like him at first. But when God used his medical happenings to change things for the entire family, I really felt myself want to tear up. I was almost crying by the end of the book and I was not ready for that feeling. The whole book was a roller coaster of emotion, so I have to apologize if this review is all over. I don’t know how to express how good I really think this book is without spewing the whole plot all over.This is the first story I’ve ever read by this author and I’m so glad that Bethany House selected it as the review book for the month.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This book was absolutely wonderful! The story inside is just as beautiful as the cover. This story will stay with you long after you finish the last page. It will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. I highly recommend this book. Thank you Bethany House via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this beautiful book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Randi Sampson
    January 1, 1970
    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 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. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.
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  • Mercy Lyman
    January 1, 1970
    Over the past couple of years one of my favorite genres has become Christian fiction/suspense. I was thrilled to offered the chance to read a copy of More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson. This book tells the story of three women Addison Kilbourn, Emilia Cruz, and Brianne Demanno who's live's somehow become intertwined. They're forced to get up and move forward from the darkest parts of their lives but can they? More Than We Remember is a touching, moving, suspenseful book that is Over the past couple of years one of my favorite genres has become Christian fiction/suspense. I was thrilled to offered the chance to read a copy of More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson. This book tells the story of three women Addison Kilbourn, Emilia Cruz, and Brianne Demanno who's live's somehow become intertwined. They're forced to get up and move forward from the darkest parts of their lives but can they? More Than We Remember is a touching, moving, suspenseful book that is sure to grab your attention as much as it did mine. It releases later this month from Bethany House Fiction and will be available from most Christian retailers.Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    This book opens with a horrific accident; one woman is deceased and the gentleman that hit her is injured. There are witnesses to the accident, and the policewoman on duty at the scene is having a hard time keeping it together.What we don’t know about what others are going through, this book gives a glimpse into some broken lives, but all is possible with God, and there has to be some hope.We are given women that end up being there for each other at the right time in their lives, and becoming This book opens with a horrific accident; one woman is deceased and the gentleman that hit her is injured. There are witnesses to the accident, and the policewoman on duty at the scene is having a hard time keeping it together.What we don’t know about what others are going through, this book gives a glimpse into some broken lives, but all is possible with God, and there has to be some hope.We are given women that end up being there for each other at the right time in their lives, and becoming the blessings they need.Once you open the pages here, there is so much going on, but it felt like real life, and you want to be there to offer a hug!I had my opinions, but it changed some as the story progressed, but was really surprised at the final outcome.This book will have you in tears, and smiling at some of the kindness of others, filled with emotions, this is a page-turner.I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    This was very well written woman's fiction. I enjoyed the story line. There is an interesting mystery, and a little mystery. Grief, trauma, and substance abuse are all explored in three different POVs. The author did a good job of making each voice distinct and individual. I recommend this book to readers of contemporary women's fiction.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley for the purpose of review.
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  • Martha
    January 1, 1970
    The story of three women all suffering in different trajectories of life, meet up in in a time when life circumstances draw them together once again. I found myself reading this women's fiction book and in awe at how someone could preach a sermon without preaching one. That takes talent. This book holds truths that most of us that have gone through any hard times, will relate to. This author is talented in her story weaving. You relate to the children as well as the women. Excellent reading!
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you in advance to the publisher and JustRead Publicity Tours for providing a complimentary review. A positive review was not required. All words and thoughts are my own. Despite being a “Christian” themed book as it is sold by Bethany House, it does not have many Christian references or God references until about the last third () of the book. Then again, it is more or less mentioning God and subtle prayers. However, religion isn’t the primary focus. It doesn’t get overly preach, nor does Thank you in advance to the publisher and JustRead Publicity Tours for providing a complimentary review. A positive review was not required. All words and thoughts are my own. Despite being a “Christian” themed book as it is sold by Bethany House, it does not have many Christian references or God references until about the last third (⅓) of the book. Then again, it is more or less mentioning God and subtle prayers. However, religion isn’t the primary focus. It doesn’t get overly preach, nor does it quote scripture. It is a clean read with no profane language or sex references. The only triggers about this book are Substance Abuse, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). There are going to be moments that are shocking, and some that are emotional to the point of tears. This is by no means an easy read. Anyone who has been through or going through the scenarios mentioned might have to take caution with this. Nelson crafts three unlikely people, thrown together by an accident on a windy road, along with a life lost as a result. ** Addison faces losing her husband due to his role in a fatal accident while battling her mother-in-law’s mysterious decline.** Emilia wants justice for the victim because her own life was changed by someone’s reckless behavior that injured her husband on the job. The change of her husband’s personality is also affecting her relationship with her teen daughter.** Brianne feels guilt about a patient’s suicide, but seems to enjoy feeling needed again when Addison’s family is in peril; she becomes close to Addison and her family.The author didn’t rush the pace of the novel, nor did she keep it unnecessarily slow either. It progresses quite naturally, very real to life. I had to force myself to take frequent breaks from this novel. She balances out the multiple POVs, told in third person – Addison, Emilia, and Brianne. I felt sympathy for each person in their circumstances – Addison, Emilia, and Brianne. Yet, there were times I was alternately frustrated with the three women, more so Addison and Emilia. The range of emotions when reading this feel like it is a therapy session – you’re made at Addison’s husband, you feel sorry for the guy, you’re mad at Addison’s mother-in-law, but you feel sorry for her … I truly alternated like this throughout the book. It shows the subtlety and yet ugliness that is substance abuse. And, readers will be stunned as to the identity of the person. Forget stereotypes. The characters were realistically written, so much so that they could’ve been people you knew from church, school, work, or community events. Even the coach (Addison’s husband) was well loved, with many speaking out on his behalf.And, at first – everything looks bad for Addison’s family. There is no reprieve for them. The author doesn’t candy-coat the consequences. Nelson also hits readers with a surprise in chapter 34 with who Emilia’s daughter becomes friends with. But, the final shocker is in chapter 45. I did not truly think that was where this was going. I refuse to spoil it, but that was one HUGE shock! I really didn’t think that was what the author was going to do. I couldn’t even imagine that plot twist. And, it is almost the last chapter of the book. This is not a feel good read due to the plot and tone. But, it does have a beautiful message none the less – trusting God to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. It also shows that despite differences, social standings, and origins – some people are meant to end up in the same place for a reason. I came away praying that the families would find some peace and begin their journey to healing and forgiveness.Nelson is a wonderful story-teller and keeps the reader engaged with the story. I read 208 pages the first night before I headed to bed. To give you some perspective, the story starts on page nine (9) and ends on 341 (so it is roughly 332 pages long). I ended on page 217 which is chapter 29. This is my first introduction to the author, and likely won’t be my last.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    A deeply emotional, intricately woven tale of three women’s lives who suddenly become entangled in more ways than one. A novel that will speak to womens’ hearts on many levels!More Than We Remember is well written, genuine and relatable. As tragedy strikes one family, another family is dealing with their own hardships and one single woman is coping with the loss of a client. As each character lives through, and comes to term with, their trauma, Nelson centers a commendable story on these brave, A deeply emotional, intricately woven tale of three women’s lives who suddenly become entangled in more ways than one. A novel that will speak to womens’ hearts on many levels!More Than We Remember is well written, genuine and relatable. As tragedy strikes one family, another family is dealing with their own hardships and one single woman is coping with the loss of a client. As each character lives through, and comes to term with, their trauma, Nelson centers a commendable story on these brave, powerful women that is one to be enjoyed. She beautifully ties up the ending in a story of redemption, friendship and forgiveness. The story begins with a heart-pounding opening when we meet one of the three main characters, Deputy Emilia Cruz, as she comes upon the scene of a fatal car accident where this story begins to unfold. As the novel continues, readers meet wife and mother Addison Kilbourn, as well as former therapist, Brianne Demmano. I thoroughly enjoyed each woman and identified with all three on a personal level. To me, that is one of the most important aspects of this book. Nelson formed complex characters that were relatable and personable with backgrounds that are genuine, hard and challenging, just as real life often is. Thus, readers find themselves empathizing and sympathizing with what these three women are walking through in more ways than one. More Than We Remember is well written, with a beautifully crafted storyline that continues to unfold piece by piece. At times, I did feel like the emotions were heavy. Nelson uses the presence of children and pets to soften the story and even through the forboding of these women’s lives, I found myself smiling at times. I really enjoyed the new romance between Brianne and Seth. The only minor criticisms I have was that in each woman’s background, Nelson repeatedly portrayed their fears or concerns which I found distracting since I had already read it before. While the novel is Christian fiction, I felt it lacking on a deeper spiritual level that would have rivaled the deep emotions of the characters and their trials. I would have loved to have seen more demonstration and revelation of the way God used each of these extenuating circumstances to deepen the faith of the women in this novel as they walked their journeys. I admired the character of Caroline in the beginning of the story and finished the novel feeling as if the author dealt too lightly with her “problem”. I was also confused as to whether she was intentionally taking the medicine or if she was forgetfully taking them due to old age and thus causing her troubles. Perhaps other readers will understand that portion better than I. Trigger Warnings: This novel does deal with drinking, addiction, teen suicide and possible infidelity. Each subject is touched on, but not explicitly detailed. I believe this book is geared towards female readers. Those who enjoy contemporary fiction and emotional, real life stories will enjoy this book. Because of the content, I do believe it is best for mature teens 16+. Overall, it is a solid four stars for me and 5 stars for many other readers from what I have seen so far! I do look forward to reading more from this author in the future and have already added her other books to my TBR list. * I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own, I was not required to post a positive review.
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  • Jessica Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    Nelson’s work continues to shine!One moment changes everything in the lives of three women.Deputy Emilia Cruz is the first responder to the scene of an accident in the early hours of the morning. She discovers a two-vehicle head on collision which claims the life of a single mother to three boys. The other car contained the high school basketball coach who survived but is believed to have been drinking. This infuriates Deputy Cruz as her husband was a first responder fire fighter to an accident Nelson’s work continues to shine!One moment changes everything in the lives of three women.Deputy Emilia Cruz is the first responder to the scene of an accident in the early hours of the morning. She discovers a two-vehicle head on collision which claims the life of a single mother to three boys. The other car contained the high school basketball coach who survived but is believed to have been drinking. This infuriates Deputy Cruz as her husband was a first responder fire fighter to an accident caused by an alcoholic the left his physically disabled. She’s more determined than ever to fight for justice regardless of who the victim is.Addison Kilbourn is woken up in the night to find that her husband still hasn’t returned home from meeting someone in a neighboring town. She answers the door to find a deputy sheriff with news that her husband was in an accident and has been taken to the hospital. Life has been difficult enough moving to her husband’s hometown and living with her mother-in-law while they build their house, but she soon learns public opinion about her husband accident brands her family.Brianne Demanno is trying to hide from her past and present. She always wanted to be a counselor and she got her wish, but after one of her patients committed suicide, she doubts her abilities and decides to delve into the solitude of artwork. When a deputy accidentally knocks on her door instead of the Kilbourn’s, she decides to go over and help the family by staying with the children so that the mom can go to the hospital. Brianne begins to connect with the kids and with their mom Addison, who may be the first real friend that she has had. Will this family be enough to pull her out of seclusion and help her start to live again?One of the greatest aspects of Nelson’s writing is that she is able to connect her characters in ways that mimic real life. In every book that I’ve read by her, she brings multiple broken families together and connects them in a healing process. This book was no exception. Each woman’s story showed the immense struggle they were going through. Addison was insecure dealing with her husband’s accident, mother-in-law’s memory loss, and her oldest daughter that was now a teenage. Emilia struggled with her job, husband’s disability, and daughter’s friends. Brianne struggled internally with feeling inadequate. Each woman on their own would have faltered, but together they made bonds that helped them move forward. In some cases, it wasn’t even the relationship between the women, but between their kids. Nelson is becoming one of my favorite authors for this genre and I hope that others find her work encouraging too.I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    One night changes everything...can they rise from the wreck of the worst moments of their lives to become who they were meant to be? One fatal night intersects three families lives and has them questioning everything they thought they knew. Innocence hides behind suspicion, and guilt taints a once happy reality. Three women bond over tragedy and find hope in the deep places. This is not a shallow or a quick read, it has a depth that can steal your breath away as events unfold. It deals with One night changes everything...can they rise from the wreck of the worst moments of their lives to become who they were meant to be? One fatal night intersects three families lives and has them questioning everything they thought they knew. Innocence hides behind suspicion, and guilt taints a once happy reality. Three women bond over tragedy and find hope in the deep places. This is not a shallow or a quick read, it has a depth that can steal your breath away as events unfold. It deals with modern day problems that can touch a family without warning, and has the potential to tear them apart or bring them closer together. As Addison, Brianne and Emilia deal with the aftermath of an accident that kills one woman, it will shred everything and crumble the foundation of their safe life. I ached for them, for all the things they went through and all the things they were facing. These women & their families get under your skin in a very real way and make you want to reach through the pages of the book to comfort, hug and take away what hurts. Sometimes you have to go through the dark valleys in order for truth to prevail. Even in those dark times, hope shines bright if we but look for it. This brings to life the truth that we must cling to and rely completely on the Lord when hard trials come, when things seem to want to overwhelm us and crush us under its weight. We're too big for our britches when we take responsibility for things that are ultimately out of our control. If we trust God, we trust that He can work through even the most upside-down situation. You are not God. ~pg 290 It's easy to see what we want to see, or even what we expect to see. It's much harder to stand back and see the truth.~ pg 322 This story will stick with you for a long time afterwards and make you ponder its deep truths. Quite a few resonated with me and that's why it became much more than fiction in my mind. It touched me profoundly in a way I won't soon forget. If your looking for a “fluffy” read, you won't find it here. If you're looking for one with a lot of depth and emotion, characters who you come to really care about, and an even more meaningful relationship with God, then look no further than More Than We Remember ! This is easily one of my top reads for 2020 and highly recommended. *I received a complimentary copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
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  • Becca-Rae Weidel
    January 1, 1970
    Life is messy, and full of mistakes, heartaches, and all kinds of unexpected joys and struggles. But contrary to what we would often like to think, we are not the only ones that deal with chaos. Life is often a tumbled mess of what happens when our chaos intersects with that of others. It's also said that there are two sides to every story. In More Than We Remember, you see how one single tragedy can rock a community in diverse ways as experienced through the eyes of three separate women. Life is messy, and full of mistakes, heartaches, and all kinds of unexpected joys and struggles. But contrary to what we would often like to think, we are not the only ones that deal with chaos. Life is often a tumbled mess of what happens when our chaos intersects with that of others. It's also said that there are two sides to every story. In More Than We Remember, you see how one single tragedy can rock a community in diverse ways as experienced through the eyes of three separate women. Christina Suzann Nelson did a masterful job of developing a story so rich in emotion that you can't help but find empathy for each angle and what that means for the bigger picture.I'm not sure how much I could share here without giving away any spoilers, as I feel that each intricate detail was placed at just the right time to get the desired reaction from the reader. You see three women all with good intentions, wrestling over the right decisions in life amidst seemingly impossible situations. Fueled by experienced mixed with some of their own self awareness, their hearts and minds are at war. One line that stuck out to me was "where were grace and mercy in the face of justice?" It's an interesting concept to ponder over in reflection after finishing.The characters and their individual stories had depth, and the collision when those stories collided was palpable. This piece is nothing short of a masterpiece. Your heart is tugged in multiple directions and it causes you to consider how you would react to their situations either positively or negatively. It forces you to think outside of yourself to recognize the struggles of others as well.I honestly don't think I could say enough amazing things about this novel. This wasn't the first time I've read this author, and I most certainly hope it's not my last. She does a fabulous job creating thought-provoking, emotional dramas that are sure to stay with you long after you've closed the back cover of the book. HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend!*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Anita Ojeda
    January 1, 1970
    Three women in a small Oregon town all have memories of the past that determine their present and future courses of action. But memories prevaricate. Sometimes, they outright lie.Deputy Emilia Cruz comes upon the scene of a head-on collision with one fatality and discovers the second driver trapped in his truck—reeking of alcohol. With the determination of an evangelist out to save souls, she hustles to bring a case against the driver for vehicular homicide—it doesn’t matter if everyone in the Three women in a small Oregon town all have memories of the past that determine their present and future courses of action. But memories prevaricate. Sometimes, they outright lie.Deputy Emilia Cruz comes upon the scene of a head-on collision with one fatality and discovers the second driver trapped in his truck—reeking of alcohol. With the determination of an evangelist out to save souls, she hustles to bring a case against the driver for vehicular homicide—it doesn’t matter if everyone in the community loves him. A high-school basketball coach should meet higher standards than other community members. Deputy Cruz has no patience for drunk people who ruin lives. She knows all too intimately the results of a drunk’s negligence. Addison Kilbourn’s life has spiraled out of control since moving in with her mother-in-law. Although she loves her mother-in-law, the woman seems out to lunch half the time. When an office shows up on her doorstep to informing her that her husband lies in the local hospital with serious injuries. Even worse, a local deputy seems to believe that her husband drank and drove—thus ending the life of a mother of three teen boys. When he regains consciousness, he has no memory of the wreck or even their move to his mother’s house.Brianne Demanno made a horrible mistake, and she quits her job and decides to pursue art. When her brother’s high-school buddy knocks on her door by mistake late one night her present reality takes a turn as she offers to help out her neighbor. Her newfound friendship with her neighbor helps her examine her memories of the past. Who Will Love This BookReaders who love delving into the lives of well-developed, relatable characters will enjoy this book. The three protagonists come from various walks of life and spiritual maturity. Reading the book reminds me of sitting in a cozy coffee shop riveted to the conversation between three friends seated at a table next to me. Christina Suzann Nelson weaves together a poignant tale of three women whose lives intersect in a small town in ways they never would have expected.
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