Book Review: Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

I am very pleased to bring you my review of Reminders of Him – I’ve finally read some Colleen Hoover!

After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself.

The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.

The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing.

So after being told multiple times that I needed to read something from Colleen Hoovers vast catalogue of novels, I finally gave in and picked up Reminders of Him. I then promptly put it on my to be read pile, because every time I read the synopsis it made feel a little too depressed. However I am pleased to say that after some sisterly nagging, I did indeed pick it back up and I am so pleased that I did! What an emotional rollercoaster of a novel!

Kenna Rowan is a young woman who has spent five years paying for her actions that resulted in tragedy. The ultimate price though, was the removal of her daughter after giving birth in prison. Desperate to atone for her mistakes and be reunited with her daughter, she finds herself back in her hometown. But with no one willing to hear her out, she finds herself isolated with no one to turn to.

Ledger Ward is the devastatingly handsome local bar owner who is drawn to Kenna without really understanding why. His intense need to protect her however could mean that he loses everything and everyone he knows.

This novel really does have all the ups and downs! I would have liked to have seen a little more of how Kenna’s experiences of prison affected her returning to normal life, but that is the only negative I can think of. This is obviously a romance novel, but it is also the story of a young woman looking for redemption without making any excuses for her actions. She may struggle to deal with those actions and how they tragically impacted others, but there are no attempts to gloss over them or run away. She faces them head on with integrity, making this an emotional read. Ledger is also a very lovely addition to the novel (who doesn’t want to read about a handsome man who just wants to care for and protect a woman?!).

I can confirm that I will be reading more of Colleen Hoover as a result – I am therefore more than happy to recommend this novel to you all. Grab a glass of wine, a box of tissues (you’ll need them) and find yourself a quiet spot to enjoy Reminders of Him – you won’t regret it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Purchase Links

If you’ve got a local independent bookstore, head there in the first instance! If not, then I’ve provided a purchase link below.

Amazon UK