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    4.5 stars- definitely one that will stick with you

    Trust that Miss Leigh would deliver a book that left my emotions a bit raw and was incredibly touching. What Remains is one of those stories that snuck up on me. The prologue began simple enough, introducing a cute couple who were clearly in love with one another; then the first chapter proceeded to knock me back a few paces. While I was certainly intrigued as to what would happen with the couple, the book didn’t quite hook me as much as I initially expected it to and I think it was primarily due to the pacing. The way the beginning of the book flitted back and forth between the past and present drug down the tempo a little. The audiobook version made these time jumps a bit confusing as well, even though the dates were clearly announced at the start of each chapter. While I understood the reasoning behind the past vs present chapters, the slower pace and timeline disruptions made it a little difficult to feel the couple’s connection as strongly at the beginning. However, as the book progressed, I found myself pulled in more and more, to the point that I was completely caught up in their journey. The emotions as Jodi attempts to reclaim his life were incredibly palpable, with Rupert’s hopelessness as tangible as Jodi’s frustration. I really was drawn to how this story moved forward and appreciated that the author explored all aspects of their relationship and their underlying feelings. I also really liked that both characters expressed their sources of frustration before the end of the book, the heartaches and hurt feelings weren’t carelessly dismissed or magically fixed, making Jodi and Rupert’s hard-fought-for new normal honest and appreciable. The narrator for this audiobook was new to me, but Mr. Beck offered up a great performance and I definitely will look for more by him in the future. Not only was his pacing measured and his diction clear, but he also delivered on the English and Irish accents. With his change in voice, accent, and tone, it was easy to distinguish between characters. The combined effect of a great narrator and a well written book was a phenomenal story I’ll listen to again and again. If you’re at all a fan of amnesia tropes or simply in the mood for a wonderfully emotional story that will touch your heart, I highly recommend this book. *Reviewed audiobook for Alpha Book Club*
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