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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Wake-Up Call by Amy Avanzino
Published by Henery Press on September 1, 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Women
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FIRST in a NEW Heartwarming Series Sarah Winslow wakes up with a terrible hangover… and a kid in her boyfriend’s bed. She makes the horrifying discovery that, due to a head injury, it’s not a hangover. She’s got memory loss. Overnight, five years have disappeared, and she’s no longer the hard-living, fast-track, ad executive party girl she thinks she is. Now, she’s the unemployed, pudgy, married, stay-at-home-mom of three kids under five, including twins. As she slowly pieces together the mystery of how her dreams and aspirations could have disintegrated so completely in five short years, she finds herself utterly failing to manage this life she can’t imagine choosing. When Sarah meets the man of her dreams, she realizes she’s got to make a choice: Does she follow her bliss and “do-over” her life? Or does the Sarah she’s forgotten hold the answers to how she got here… and how she can stay?
♦ There are 2,033 books listed as Popular Amnesia Books on Goodreads. In my list of 16 to be read ARCs on Netgalley I have one other wife/mom amnesia book waiting, Through Infinity by Libby Austin. I have read or re-read at least four other books where amnesia or memory loss is a key item in the plot this year including What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty and Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella. So I was not expecting big things from Wake-Up Call as faulty memory genre books can be very cookie cutter. I started reading this about 9:30 p.m. and was done at 10 after midnight; it flowed so well and the pacing was spot on, that the story just seemed to soak in. I liked the characters, the husband Kofi was genuinely a nice guy and cared for his wife, the friends were, for good or for bad, real people not caricatures, and Sarah was a real person. She was not perfect and didn’t care to be. Her path to realization was both touching and heart-breaking. I don’t know a mom out there who doesn’t want to just have a few hours of peace, and that made Sarah a character I could relate to. Now is this a deep thinking novel, no, but it is a sweet read about a real family that I suggest you take the time for.
◊ Favorite Lines from Chapter One – ““Mama, don’t leave!” I don’t know who this Mama person is, but I run for the exit. I reach for the door handle, that much closer to freedom, when I hear something, like an echo. It’s coming from the back of the house. The sound is suspiciously familiar. “What’s that noise?” I gasp. “Oh no. Do I also have a baby?” “No,” Kofi replies, frantically pushing me towards the door. “Oh, thank God. I couldn’t handle that right now.” I’ve got one foot out the door. I can almost taste the escape. “We have two.””
¤ Biggest Cliché – Woman with amnesia hooking up with someone other than partner, as “I don’t really know him so it’s fine to check out others”.
Δ What period of your life would you like to forget??