Inspired by Taylor Swift’s song “Love Story”, Remembrance takes place in New Hampshire, where Lizzie Davenport has a normal teenage life with her best friend Chelsea and jock boyfriend Jeremy. That is until Drew transfers to the school and Lizzie instantly feels a familiar connection to him. Pieces of a time long gone suddenly keep emerging into Lizzie’s consciousness. She is inexplicably drawn to him and Drew seems to be experiencing similar feelings. Against all odds, the more they try to fight it, the more fate seems to be pulling them together.
I liked the premise for the story. The idea of a past life that’s unknown until a trigger person or object is encountered. The question of whether people are capable of preventing history from repeating itself and offering themselves a second chance. Madow evokes some descriptive writing in setting the scene, from the rain-soaked sports event to the school’s Halloween dance. The individual characters, however, I found really erratic. Save for Lizzie, who was the main constant, everyone else had such drastic changes in personality and behaviour that I found I couldn’t feel connected to any of them and actually got quite annoyed with the mood swings from Drew or bad attitude from Chelsea. The apparent BFF-type friendship that Lizzie and Chelsea had didn’t seem evident enough, and I found Lizzie connected more with one of the minor players in the story. The comparisons with Pride & Prejudice and the Regency era in Lizzie & Drew’s fated love story seemed a bit forced at times. I personally haven’t read P&P, but for those that have, it probably would seem quite obvious – right down to the same first letters of the characters’ names between P&P, present day and their past lives.
I did love the focus on the arts, such as music, dance, and poetry. It seemed appropriate & reflective of the beauty of the arts back in that time period. Perhaps it was a combination of Lizzie’s love of drawing and Madow’s descriptive scene-setting, but it’s been a long time since I’ve felt compelled to pull out my sketchbook to do some drawing of my own! I actually wish there was more about Lizzie & Drew’s past lives rather than all the present-day high school drama and hopefully the past will be delved into more with the sequel.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ (3/5 stars)
Remembrance is currently available in stores.
I received this book from the author, Michelle Madow, in exchange for an honest review.
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