Reminders of Him – Colleen Hoover

But then moments like these remind me that happiness isn’t some permanent thing we’re all trying to achieve in life, it’s merely a thing that shows up every now and then, sometimes in tiny doses that are just substantial enough to keep us going.

Reminders of Him is Colleen Hoover’s next release (coming out January 2022). The story is about Kenna, a young woman who was five years in prison for a tragic mistake. When she is released from prison the only thing she wants is to try and get to meet her daughter, to whom she gave birth in prison but couldn’t be with so she is desperate to connect with her baby girl. But the people in her daughter’s life don’t want Kenna to be a part of her daughter’s life, all her doors are closed except for one. Ledger is the final link to her daughter and they soon begin to form a strong connection, but if other people knew it would cause a lot of turmoil, and so begins the emotional drama that Colleen knows so well to construct.

This book is easily devourable. I read more than half of it in one sitting. This is one thing I love about CoHo’s books, they are always so addictive and the chapters always fly by. Also, something else I was thinking while I read this was that I feel like Colleen has about three “phases” in her career so far, being her very old books (hopeless, slammed) and then some emotional turmoil ones (it ends with us, November 9, confess) and her most recent phase (regretting you, heart bones, Layla and now reminders of him). I say this because I find that grouping these books like this makes sense in my head, both stylistically, and in regards to the themes and writing. For some reason the voice (in that case Kenna’s) reminded me a lot of the Heart Bones narrator.I think it’s interesting for an author who has over 20 published books to have certain styles in her career and her works.

Anyways I enjoyed this book and it was a devourable and easy read. The ending left me tear eyed? Heck yes. I just thought that the las few chapters were a tiny rushed so I ended up with a four star rating, but I would recommend this book to all fans of Colleen’s work. Maybe some will be more wrecked than others, but it is definitely a worthy read.

Thank you Montlake publishing for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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