More Than We Remember, by Christina Suzann Nelson, is a touching story of friendship, forgiveness, and finding the strength to move forward. Faith in God plays a pivotal but natural role in the lives of Nelson’s protagonists–three women tied together by a tragedy that threatens to destroy them.
Addison’s husband is involved in a tragic car accident that he doesn’t remember. Emilia is the first police officer on scene. Brianna is a therapist who steps in to comfort Addison when she gets the news of her husband’s accident. The women’s lives become irrevocably bound to each other’s, and they must journey together through the fallout of that one awful night.
Each of them is also burdened by the weight of secret trials, both past and present. Their private fears and insecurities imprison them in debilitating isolation. Only as they face their pain head-on can they start to experience forgiveness, and only in the vulnerability of community can they find healing.
Nelson’s actual prose was trite and bland on occasion; the writing felt underdeveloped and immature. Instead of painting a vivid picture that mesmerized me, the words and phrasing often threw off my focus and marred the illusion of the story.. The characterization often bordered on cliché, with many of the characters following stereotypical patterns. The secondary characters, in particular, felt inauthentic and boring.
However, despite its flaws, More Than We Remember kept me hooked with a steady and engrossing series of crises that did feel truly authentic. The story contained drama to keep it interesting, but that drama didn’t feel fake or over-the-top. It felt relatable. Nelson also incorporated elements of faith and spirituality in a way that felt surprisingly natural–a skill I’ve seen few Christian authors display.
More Than We Remember, at its core, was an engaging and moving tale. I was impressed with Nelson’s ability to keep the action constant and convincing, and I loved the concept of female friendship and community as an avenue for healing. I did struggle somewhat with basic writing style and stereotypical relationships. The ending was also a disappointment–it felt rushed and slightly deflated. However, as a relational, faith-based drama, I’m happy to give it my recommendation.
Note: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.