Remember Me by Lara Van Hulzen is the first book in the author's new series, Men of Honor. Ben Russo finds himself in the hospital following a car accident, yet he doesn't remember anything. He doesn't even know his name, because there was no identification at the scene of the accident. All he knows is that his nurse Tess is fascinating.
Tess, on the other hand, is beside herself when Ben, the man who left her a week before their wedding, shows up in her ER with amnesia. She moved away to get away from her past and her pain, and now here he is in her new town, not off 'finding himself' in Europe. The worst part is that he can't even explain himself, because he doesn't know who he is, let alone who she is or that he left her a lousy note before disappearing. Tess is just as confused as the man in the hospital bed, and hurt all over again as deep wounds are reopened, but she doesn't know if she should reveal his identity or let him figure it out on his own. I'm sure most of us know a little something about heartbreak, so we can feel Tess's pain through the pages of the book.
As the two spend time together, they both face internal struggles. Tess is continuously torn between her head and her heart, and she wrestles with how to talk to the man in front of her until she can make an informed decision about confronting her past. Their past. Ben struggles with his identity, with trying to figure out certain memories that flash through his mind, and trying to understand how the dainty little nurse that intrigues him more every day is supposed to fit into his life. If he never regains his memory, how would he start over? If he does remember who he is, what are the consequences?
Remember Me is well written and engaging. Although slightly predictable as far as the love story is concerned, we don't always take the expected path to get there, and there is some suspense along the way. There were certainly a few plot twists that I didn't foresee! This is a romance novel, but it is also a faith-based novel. I didn't find anything overly suggestive or offensive. The story wasn't even far-fetched or too dramatic either, which can sometimes happen in romance. It was fresh and interesting. It was a clean and easy read, and I enjoyed it. Lara Van Hulzen is a new author for me, but I definitely liked her writing, and I would gladly read more of her work!
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