Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover


I was in a rare reading slump, slogging through books I would normally enjoy and feeling unmotivated to read any of the promising books on my overflowing bookshelves. This book, which was part of a Colleen Hoover trio my brother gave me for Christmas, was exactly what I needed to jolt me right back into my love of reading. 

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

In this romantic drama, Kenna Rowan is fresh out of prison after serving a 5-year sentence for her role in the death of her former boyfriend, Scotty. Rowan returns to her small town determined to meet her 4-year-old daughter, Diem, despite the fact that her parental rights have been terminated.

In a chance encounter, she meets Ledger, whom she later discovers has a connection to her daughter. Ledger must determine where his loyalties lie and whether everything he’s believed about Kenna is true.

Like with many contemporary romance novels, the plot relied on some unbelievable circumstances and coincidences.  But, I was too invested in Kenna, Ledger, and Diem to care about all of the implausible details. The characters are what made this story – all I cared about was whether any or all of them would get any semblance of a happy ending.

Like all of Hoover’s books I’ve read to date, the romance is impossibly complicated. I laughed out loud when I read the author’s note at the end where she said she’d originally envisioned this book as a romantic comedy. With its tragic undertones, Reminders of Him is the opposite of a rom-com. 

This sad but hopeful story tugs on your heartstrings, especially if you are a mother. I will admit to tearing up a few times as I read this story about loss, forgiveness, and the enduring power of a mother’s love. 

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