Things Remembered by L.D. Davis
Published by LD Davis Media on January 9, 2016
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Mayson Grayne has witnessed all of her friends get their Happily Ever Afters, but Mayson doesn't believe in her own HEA. The one man she ever loved deserted her more than thirteen years ago after her best friend's tragic death. The only thing Mayson believes in is making it through each day, even though her past as an addict and her broken memories hang over her in a dark cloud.
When Grant Alexander, Mayson's ex, suddenly reappears, her carefully regimented life is disrupted. Old feelings are dredged up, as well as some distorted memories. Aware of her own instability, Mayson struggles with her past, her hot and cold feelings for Grant, and her drug addiction.
Most of Mayson's family and friends believe she is okay, but she doesn't feel okay. As some of her shadowed memories become more clear, one of them with the potential to completely knock her off of her axis, Mayson begins to understand that the truth is not always as she remembers it.
A dark, moving story of a young woman whose memories of the past and a drug addiction had taken her so far within herself it became toxic. A lot of time is spent working out why she is in the head space she is in and the struggle she faces to accept support to rise above it all.
Uneasy and dogged with the reoccurring battle to fight her heroin addiction, Mayson is forced into rehabilitation. Learning to put her past behaviour and negative personal feelings aside seem impossible even with the help of the friends she entrusts with the truth. The truth as Mayson knows it.
The power of words never ceases to amaze me and the writing evoked emotions that were palpable. Experiencing the weight of the dark cloud that hovered over the story as Mayson clenched and came close to letting go of her ability to not succumb to the lure of her addiction was believable. As dark as Mayson’s journey was Grant provided a realistic offer of hope and lit up the sombre mood in a slow, realistic manner. For a character, I was hesitant to trust initially I gradually warmed to him and appreciated his determination and ability to see beyond the walls Mayson erected.
I had no problem understanding and keeping up with the characters and storyline despite not having read all the Accidentally on Purpose Series. Things Remembered could easily be read as a standalone book.
It’s important to mention the trigger in this story View Spoiler »Rape « Hide Spoiler noting it underpins most of the battles Mayson faces. For a dark story, the darkness lifts subtly with no lingering gloom. I didn’t forget the dark elements of the story and felt uplifted how people used knowledge and experience to empower them. But be warned the content of the story and the journey to empowerment is not for the faint of heart.
Lily’s Rating: 4.5 Stars
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