“Just turned eighteen, Romany is on the cusp of taking her first steps into adulthood when tragedy strikes, and she finds herself suddenly alone without her mother, Angie, the only parent she has ever known. In her final letter, Angie has charged her four closest friends with guiding Romany through her last year of school—but is there an ulterior motive to her unusual dying wish?
Each of the four guardians possesses an outlook on life that Angie wants to give her daughter as a legacy. Three of them have known each other since university: the eternally nomadic and exotically named Tiger; the shy and practical Leon with his untapped musical genius; and Maggie, a brilliant lawyer who doesn’t know her own abilities. But the fourth guardian is a mystery to the others: they’ve never even heard of former model Hope before…
As the guardians reflect on their friendship with Angie, it becomes apparent that this unusual arrangement is as much about them as it is about Romany. Navigating their grief individually and as a group, what will all five of them learn about themselves, their pasts—and the woman who’s brought them all together?”
Once again, I’m finally getting around to an Amazon First Reads that I got for free in January. One of the cool things about the books is that you can get the companion audiobook for a few dollars after the book is released, so that’s what I did because I spend so much time at work where I can listen to books. Impossible to Forget (Amazon) was released on February 1, 2022.
Let’s make this clear: this book isn’t really about Romany, only at the beginning and about 75% through the book. The rest of the time, the book centers around Angie and the friends she picks to be guardian to her daughter after her cancer diagnosis. Maggie is a lawyer who seemingly has her crap together at all times, until she doesn’t. Leon is an untapped musical genius, who is so shy he’s never performed publicly. But he’s got a heart of gold. Tiger might not seem like the best choice as a guardian, as he constantly travels, living a nomadic existence and popping back to England every few years. All of these people went to school with Angie and are a part of her life throughout thick and thin.
The fourth guardian is a bit of a mystery, as she’s not even introduced until halfway through the book. Why did Angie pick Hope, a former model, to mentor her daughter. Unbeknownst to the others, there is a connection to their university days, they just don’t know it. All is revealed as the reader progresses through the book.
I really enjoyed this book. The flashbacks of the lives of the guardians and Angie make up the bulk of the book, and since they came of age about the same time as I did, it was a nostalgia trip for me as well. Some may feel that this is too much backstory, but I thought it was necessary to the overall story.
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Strange.. but intriguing. I’ll have to add this one, it sounds like an interesting read.. Thanks!
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