Review – When I Lost You by Kelly Rimmer

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The Blurb

Do you ever wish you had the chance to meet someone again for the first time? 

When Leo and Molly met and married, they believed they were invincible.  Together they would take on the world.  But Leo, a war correspondent, lives for life on the edge, and when he takes a step into the unknown, tragedy strikes and he loses his memory.  Molly rushes in to help him fill in the gaps and soon they start falling in love all over again. 

The trouble is, Molly is hiding something.  Something big.  The devoted wife at Leo’s bedside is a sham; Leo and Molly’s marriage was on the rocks long before Leo’s accident. 

The closer Molly gets to her husband the more scared she becomes that he will remember.  As Leo’s memory begins to trickle back will Molly lose the man she loves for a second time? 

An emotional, heartbreaking read that will restore your faith in the power of love.

My Review

‘It’s a remarkable thing to be part of a connection that is so satisfying that you feel lucky whenever you consider it.’

I’m not a romance kind of girl, so was a little unsure as to whether I would enjoy When I Lost You but thought I would give it a go as I liked the title.

While the book is about the relationship between Molly and Leo, it focuses on the slow demise of their marriage. We start at the point where Leo has had an accident and has lost part of his memory. The book switches between past and present with both characters telling the story of the beginning of their relationship, it’s gradual breakdown and the current situation. There are the highs and expectations that Molly and Leo go through as they start out as a couple and the grief and disappointment when realisation hits that it is not working. Anyone who has gone through the breakdown of a significant relationship will be able to identify with the story and Kelly perfectly encapsulates how we become so embroiled in our own negative emotions and anger that we cannot see or hear how the other person is feeling and resolve the issues.

I found it easier to identify with Molly than Leo initially, however as the book progressed I began to understand why he acted the way he did. Kelly has done well to get both perspectives across, however with Leo’s amnesia you can’t help but empathise with Molly more in regards to their relationship at the start of the book. I have to say I did not feel optimistic about their relationship from the beginning.

Very well written, Kelly draws you in quickly and compels you to keep reading. An interesting way of telling the story of a couple which I haven’t come across before. It is very sad in places and made me want to hold my husband close. I will definitely be reading more of Kelly’s books.

Thank you Kelly Rimmer, Bookouture and Netgalley for the ARC in return for a fair and honest review. 

Published 21 April 2016 by Bookouture.

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