Review: Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

Evening Everyone,

Hope you’re all well and you’re having a good week so far. There is every potential for me to start feeling miserable with the horrible, grey, wet weather we’ve been having, but my spirits are quite high. I only have 3 more working Mondays and Tuesdays left in 2022 so I think that is keeping me going.

Book πŸ“–

I wouldn’t say that I am a die hard CoHo fan, but I am definitely a fan and a new one at that, so I’m working my way through her books. Reminders of Him was free on Kindle Unlimited so I jumped at the chance and gave this one a go.

Description πŸ”–

Kenna Rowan has served five years in prison for a terrible mistake she made when she was young, but she’s out now and she’s ready to return to the town where it all went wrong for her. Her four year old daughter lives there with her grandparents and Kenna is determined to form a relationship and build bridges. However it’s not quite as simple as that when she learns that this desire is one sided; the family definitely do not want to see her.

Ledger Ward is the only person willing to give Kenna the time of day and he is her last hope and link to her daughter. Their relationship starts to develop but with that, so do the risks. If everyone in the town finds out about the two of them, then the chances are high that both of them will lose all hopes of a relationship with Kenna’s daughter. Can they prove to everyone that Kenna isn’t who they think she is and can Ledger convince his nearest and dearest to give Kenna a chance?

General Thoughts πŸ€”

This isn’t a CoHo book that I hear/see people ranting and raving about so to be honest, I didn’t go into it with high expectations. Also, my best friend had already read it and told me it didn’t quite live up to some of CoHo’s other work so maybe I was a touch swayed before I had even started. I agree, this isn’t her best book, but it wasn’t awful. I still thought that it was entertaining and I did really enjoy reading it. It was easy to follow, uncomplicated and the story had characters that I liked.

Characters πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬

I felt an enormous amount of empathy for Kenna. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be in the position that she was. I admired her for her bravery in going back to a town where she knew she would not be received well, but I also thought she was a touch naive to believe it would be as easy as walking up to the front door of where her daughter lives and becoming a part of her life.

Who could read this book and not like Ledger?! He’s the hero every woman wants in their corner, surely. There were a few moments when I thought it a bit off that nobody was addressing that he was getting it on with his dead best friend’s girlfriend, but aside from that, I was dying for him to sweep Kenna off her feet and for them to take her daughter and run off into the sunset. Of course Ledger was much more sensible and rational so he went about the whole situation a lot more sensibly.

Writing Style ✍️

This was such an easy book to read. The story was straight forward to the point of being quite predictable, but I never once expected a plot twist or a big surprise. I quite enjoyed letting the story unfold and going along on the journey with the characters. I’ve read a few of CoHo’s books now in a relatively short period of time and I’m definitely starting to recognise her tone and even the common language she uses across her books. I’m ok with all of it other than one thing. Panties. The word panties sends a small shiver down my spine and I haven’t read a CoHo book yet that hasn’t had it repeated numerous times throughout.

Conclusion & Scoring πŸŽ–

This was definitely the easiest to read of the CoHo books that I’ve read so far. I liked the characters and I wanted everything to work out for all of them, but from a plot perspective, it was very safe, predictable and “nice”. I did enjoy the book, I thought it was pleasant enough, I’d just warn anyone that’s working their way backwards through a CoHo library, that this isn’t as hit you in the face as some of her other work. That being said, I thought it was entertaining and I liked it for a quick and easy read.


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