Remember Us by Lindsay Blake and Layne James

Remember Us by Lindsay Blake and Layne James

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Remember Us
by Lindsay Blake and Layne James
276 pages
Morgan James Fiction (January 22, 2019)
Advance copy provided by authors

For those of who have been reading this blog for awhile, the fact that I love debut authors and novels will come as no surprise; the amount of creativity, courage and perseverance that goes into producing an endeavor like this never ceases to amaze me. When I reached out to authors Lindsay Blake and Layne James for a review copy of their upcoming release, I was thrilled for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you all; it definitely does not hurt that the cover includes a VW van, because it has been my dream vehicle since age nine.

I think that’s a good place to start, when talking about this book because, to me, the VW van sort of encompasses everything I enjoy about the story in Remember Us: dreamy, yet dysfunctional; quirky, but fun; not always reliable, but dedicated and loyal; and sure to invoke some eye-rolling and laughter.

He was mine, completely.
And I was his.
I was too young to realize a love like ours was rare, beautiful, something to be cherished.
I was too naive to understand how complicated life can become.

The Hamilton twins, 25-year-olds Ben and Reese, have been hobbling along, as has their father Carl, since their mother, Bernice, flew the coup thirteen years ago with little to no explanation. When Carl is diagnosed with cancer, and his children return home to support him, so does Bernice…and she is not what one might call “well-received,” especially by her daughter.

I’m simply saying it would make your life, my life, easier if you let some of this go. You know, take a breath now and then. Go for a walk. Smoke a cigar. Roll your eyes. Healthy coping mechanisms. Don’t let Mom get to you so much.
— Ben, to his twin sister Reese, in Remember Us

What ensues is nothing shy of a beautiful story of love and redemption, filled with plenty of laughter and southern charm; Bernice is definitely my favorite character in this book, but I also felt completely connected to the entire family and could not have anticipated how their journey would advance. As I type this, a couple of weeks have passed since I finished this book and I’m still thinking about the story of these characters; I’m certainly looking forward to more from this creative duo and hope you’ll try this one out. It is a quick read and perfect for those of you who enjoy southern fiction and family dramas with flair!

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