I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Through Infinity by Libby Austin
Published by Infinity and Beyond Publishing on November 10, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family & Relationships, Literature & Fiction, Love & Romance, Women
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Candice and Jason Woodruff had everything going for them: a strong marriage, the family they'd dreamed of, and successful businesses. When they made their wedding vows, they promised to love each other through infinity and beyond...but Candice doesn't remember making that vow. Candice doesn't remember the last eighteen years. After a medical emergency, Candice awakens to find herself a married mother of four. She's surrounded by a loving family of strangers, but Candice struggles to claim an identity while learning to be a wife and mother. Candice is no longer the same woman Jason fell in love with all those years ago. Can they learn to love each other in this new reality? Through Infinity is one woman's journey as she rediscovers the love of her husband and children. But will that new found love be strong enough to carry them through infinity and beyond...
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Through Infinity is another mother gets amnesia and forgets her husband and family tales. I thought I would instantly like the book when reading the author’s note she calls out that the book has cussing and is unapologetic about it. But sadly I did not love Through Infinity. I have read a few amnesia stories this year and some have been very good (Wake-Up Call) but this one was just okay. I actually thought the cursing was forced at times and unnecessary in certain scenes. Now I have no issue with cursing and do my fair share of it, but there is a time and place for it and certain utterances in the story seemed to have no purpose other than to make sure a curse was in the chapter. Aside from that I also had a problem figuring out some minor plot points. A person, place or company would be named to the amnesia sufferer with no explanation of what it was and she was just fine and I was confused. The pacing was good and the story flowed in a mostly logical manner. The world building was a little off as mentioned before, I was unsure what certain references were. At the heart of the story the family was well portrayed and I enjoyed that the children had issues, angst and were at times just brats. In some books the kids are seen but not heard or they are perfect angels and I enjoyed that there were realistic in this one. Through Infinity, to me, suffered from trying to be too many things at once; a hip book where the f-bomb is tossed around, a wholesome family tale where the children are homeschooled yet still socialized and a chick lit amnesia tale. If one direction was picked, I think it would have been more successful.
Favorite lines – ” ‘Just because something isn’t true doesn’t mean you can’t believe in it.’ The line hit home for me because there are a lot of things I didn’t know as true, but I had to believe in them to get through each day. Or else I might go crazy; I had enough shit on my mental plate to deal with without adding a nervous breakdown.”
Biggest cliché – “Mom has amnesia.” “Again?”
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