I received this book for free from My Book Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fading Memories by A.M. Willard
In this Mature Contemporary Romance, A.M. Willard brings you Fading Memories—a story about love, grief, and memories that slowly fade with time.
Isabel Nichols’s life changed in more ways than one through the years. As a young child, she experienced a loss that devastated her. It wasn’t until she was an adult that the universe around her shattered. In a twenty-four-hour time frame, she lost what she’d thought was her world. What followed was a year of mourning, a year of grieving, a year of darkness. Now, there’s one man who can show her the light.
Dakota Jackson left his life behind on a whim, moving to a beach cottage away from the big city where he grew up. He sees through Izzie’s clouds as he gets to know her, with the drive to be everything that she’s ever needed. The only problem is, Dakota holds the key to a secret that could ruin both of their hopes and dreams.
Passion isn’t always enough to heal a broken heart; love isn’t always enough to guide you through the darkness.
This is about two souls that were meant to be together from the day they were born. Two people who have to figure out a way to look past the memories. It’s the now; it’s living your life as you’re meant to, loving the one your heart craves. It’s about letting go of the grieving, learning to be who you are, and accepting life for what it is.
Can love cure all things despite its hardships?
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♦ Fading Memories is called a Mature Contemporary Romance, so it threw me off when in the first chapter a character says “Bitch please…”
To me a mature novel features characters after forty and the speech of the characters did not match that age level. So for the first third of the book I was confused, as no age was attributed to the characters and they spoke as if they were early to mid 20’s, but the “mature” label was there and it was what I kept remembering. Then about 30% in there was a scene in which the main character speaks about moving out of her dad’s house in with her boyfriend and the time frame would put her at 25ish at the time of the story. Once I got that in my head the book was a much easier read. Isabel as a wounded lead was a very strong character and her emotions leapt off the page. The male lead Dakota, while not as strong, was still a solid player and brought a grounding to the story. The seaside setting was very rich, and was practically a character in its self. All told this was a good story. Feeling abandoned by all but a few friends Isabel locks her emotions inside and creates a hard shell. Dakota does all he can to break through despite hard resistance. This was a nice book that with some clarity on the age of the characters or the category could have pushed it to a higher level.
◊ Favorite lines – “How will I ever love again? How can you love someone with your whole heart when you don’t have a whole one left? There’s an organ inside my chest that beats; it pumps blood throughout my body, but it’s dead. No amount of therapy, CPR, or love will bring it back to life.”
¤ Biggest cliché – “I hate you, but I love you, but I hate you.”
Δ Do you judge a book based on it’s category?