When I Lost You by Kelly Rimmer

Review - when I lost youDo you ever wish you had the chance to meet someone again for the first time?
When Leo and Molly met and married, they believed they were invincible. Together they could take on the world. But Leo,a war correspondent, lives for life on the edge, and when he takes a step into the unknown, tragedy strikes and he loses his memory. Molly rushes to help him fill in the gaps and soon they start falling in love all over again.

The trouble is, Molly is hiding something. Something big. The devoted wife at Leo’s bedside is a sham; Leo and Molly’s marriage was on the rocks long before Leo’s accident.

The closer Molly gets to her husband the more scared she becomes that he will remember. As Leo’s memory begins to trickle back will Molly lose the man she loves for a second time?

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Reviewer: Gina

Rating: 4 Stars

Imagine if you could press ‘reset’ on a marriage that’s gone wrong and choose a different path for it. The other path – the one where you say together, in love.Because of Leo’s memory loss, Molly and Leo have that opportunity.

At first, this book discombobulated me a bit. For the first half, it’s told from the present by Molly, and the past by Leo because, after his head injury, their past is all Leo can remember. The different timelines felt a little choppy initially, and some of the transitions were short, so I didn’t always have sufficient time to get to know, or feel sympathy for, the characters before being whisked to the other. I soon got used to it, though, but always needed to keep an eye on the date I was reading in.

Both characters were well written and both are flawed. In fact, I didn’t like Leo a great deal. I found him to be selfish and arrogant and certainly past-Leo was almost entirely unwilling to compromise. Molly loved him, though, so it’s testament to the writing that I wanted the best for them.

This story is a wonderful antidote to billionaire romances, a role reversal where the money of one partner creates more issues than it solves – at least for Leo and his unreasonable pride.

Although the characters have a clean slate on which to rebuild their marriage, there are layers of complexity still lurking. Molly remembers everything they’ve gone through but just as Leo is rediscovering his memories, they are both rekindling their love for each other.

I love that this book is set in Australia with a diverse element that isn’t often present in mainstream literature on an international stage. I have a big soft spot for Australian TV, film and literature, anyway.

There is something beautiful about this second chance love story, and in watching Leo and Molly get their opportunity to repair and heal. I would be very interested to read Ms. Rimmer’s other books.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.