REMEMBER by Joan Carney is a quick little novella but it sure held my interest from beginning to end. Grace Stiles works at the local mall and one day she has her head in the clouds while intensely staring at her cell phone that she accidentally slips and falls into the fountain. She has hit her head and is unconscious as she falls face first into the fountain.
When she comes to, she is inside an ambulance on her way to the hospital with no memory of who she is or what happened.
While in the hospital she sees her story on the news and is mortified to learn that Santa pulled her from the fountain and saved her life. The only thing she can REMEMBER while in the hospital is two men. One who rocks her world and the other who treats her like garbage and she knows she is afraid of him. But she can’t remember anything else until a nurse brings her a purse that they found at the mall. Someone stole it when she went down in the fountain. There is no wallet inside but she does find a flyer for a house. After thinking about it for a bit she thinks she remembers buying the house with the man she loves, Jack. She convinces the hospital personnel to let her go because her memory is coming back. She goes to the house and gets ready for Jack to come home.
Once Jack does get home a few days later, Grace is horrified to learn she doesn’t live there at all. She runs away from Jack but not before she practically jumps his bones when he gets home. She still can’t remember much of her life until she meets her best friend at the mall. Eva fills her in and Grace knows the only thing she can do is walk away from Jack and the love she feels for him.
I’ve never read Joan Carney before but after reading REMEMBER I’m excited to read more. She hooked me from the very first page and never let me go. Poor Grace, I can’t even imagine going through something like she experienced. Her story is filled with twists and turns and was the perfect way for me to spend the afternoon. Joan Carney writes a suspenseful story that kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen. Once I started reading REMEMBER I could not put it down.