>> Tuesday, October 30, 2012
William Morrow (Reissue edition)
Published Oct 16, 2012
Trade paperback, 384 pages
Things Remembered is a book about female relationships, the importance of staying close to family and the power of understanding and forgiveness. It also has a touch of romance. I enjoyed it and found it an easy and pleasant read.
Karla, the eldest of three sisters decides to visit her grandmother, Anna, who has congestive heart failure and is dying. Anna raised Karla and her sisters when their parents both died, but Karla who had been fourteen at the time had been angry and too upset to appreciate what their grandmother had done to take care of them.
Now, the reason for Karla's visit is not because she wants to mend her relationship with her grandma, but because she is the sister who has always taken charge and feels it is her duty to help her grandmother put her estate in order. The month long stay with her grandmother proves to be healing for Karla, as she comes to understand herself and the connection to her own mother, which is so important for Karla who still remembers her. She also gets to know her grandmother in ways she never did before.
There were times I didn't understand Karla's animosity, but for the most part, since I am the eldest of three sisters, I totally understood Karla's innate sense of responsibility as firstborn. She is a generous person who has always tried to take care of her sisters, especially the youngest, who is a fledgling actress. She is also honest and forthright and she loved her sisters and was not afraid to show or say it, even when things got difficult between them. Heather, the middle sister was refreshing as the married nurturing one with a hubby, two small boys, and another one on the way.
Karla is divorced but still hanging on to the friendship of her ex-husband until she meets Mark Taylor, a veterinarian and father of a 5 year-old adorable girl. As Karla revisits her past living with her grandmother, she also creates new memories with new friends and with this new man in her life, giving her the impetus to let go of what is stopping her from being truly happy and making up for lost time. Things Remembered is a heartwarming story about reconnecting failed relationships and the importance of family.
Note: This book is rated P = profanity for 2 f-words and religious expletives, and S = sexual content for one sex scene, not explicit.
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Reviewed by Laura
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