Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Things Remembered review

Karla and her sisters Heather and Grace lost their parents at a young age to a car accident. The girls spent most of their childhood, after the accident, living with their maternal grandmother Anna, despite being shuffled around their father's family first. All adults now, they're still not entirely sure where they fit into each other's lives or Anna's. They've all gone their separate ways, until Anna's health begins to deteriorate. 

Karla moves back in with Anna, temporarily, to settle her estate and make sure everything is order before she inevitably passes away. Never believing she and Anna will ever be able to connect again, Karla waltzes in with a fairly large chip on her shoulder that Anna slowly works at knocking away. As the pair share stories and life experiences with each other, each discovers that a lot of the assumptions they had about the other are simply not true and that family really does stand above all else. 

Add in a couple of other sisters, a risky pregnancy, a sweet guy, and lots of secrets and you have one excellent story.

I love Georgia Bockoven's writing and her latest is just as well done as her last couple of books. Her characters come across as authentic and genuine and her plots are realistic enough for readers to believe they have experienced similar situations. I connected with Karla and her fear of her grandmother's intentions and I felt Anna's pain when she learned all of the thoughts her granddaughters had about her over the years. It just felt real. A true sign of a great story!

The cover is lovely and definitely felt reminiscent of fall and renewal. Fall is a renewal for a lot of people, as much as spring is for others and I think the cover artist did a great job at capturing that. Just wanted to add my thoughts in on that! 

Things Remembered
Georgia Bockover
384 pages
Adult Fiction
William Morrow Paperbacks
October 2012
Review copy


Susan said...

I got this one in the mail recently. I love the cover and the story sounds like a good one, too. Can't wait to read it!

Amanda said...

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

heathertlc said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today. Thanks for being on the tour.