Author: Michelle Madow
Genre: Teen Fiction, Past Lives Fiction
Publication Date: August 5, 2011
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
ISBN-13 Book: 9780615512440
Source: I received an e-copy for review from the author. This is my honest review!
Remembrance by Michelle Madow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When Lizzie first meets Drew it is like a switch goes on in her brain. Suddenly she is remembering places and events from the regency era and drawing pictures of that time. She feels like she knows Drew, and despite the fact that she is seeing someone else and her best friend has staked a claim on Drew, Lizzie feels that she needs to be closer to him. But the closer she gets the more he pushes her away telling her he is trying to protect her. What secrets lie in their shared past?
I have been looking forward to this novel since I first heard about it. I have also seen it pop up on a number of blogs. I couldn't wait to start reading this one, but ultimately it had to wait until I finished my committee list. It was well worth the wait, and everything it promised to be. Madow came up with the idea while watching the music video for Taylor Swift’s song “Love Story.” Several times while reading this I found myself humming the song; I can see the inspiration.
Madow does a good job developing her characters. Lizzie is a reliable girl who has been with her boyfriend Jeremy for three years—a long time for a high school relationship. Her best friend Chelsea thinks that Jeremy and Lizzie are perfect for each other and hopes to find a relationship of her own with Drew. Throughout the novel, the relationships between the characters strain against each other, make in the novel believable and giving it much of its tension.
I love the aspect of the past life, and the references to Pride and Prejudice. Madow does a wonderful job carefully building the past life into the story and making the past and the present reflect each other
Overall, this was a fun light read. Great for the season since it takes place in the fall. I enjoyed the parallels between the times and really enjoyed the way the author built suspense in the novel. A Great first novel, I look forward to reading more from this author.
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