Book – In Then and Always: A Novel, by Dani Atkins, Rachel Wittshire seemed to have it all: a drop dead gorgeous boyfriend, a close knit group of best friends, and a promising future heading off to college. But then tragic accident shatters everything, leaving the lives of Rachel and her friends changed forever.
Rachel was left physically affected by the incident; unrelenting painful migraines and memories plague her constantly. Five years later, Rachel’s life has continued but she never moved on from that night. When a wedding forces her to return to her old hometime, Rachel must face the path she left behind whether she wants to or not. A fall lands Rachel in the hospital, and suddenly she wakes up to a new reality that forces her to question everything she thought was true.
This novel deals with memory in a way I’d hadn’t experienced in a novel before, and it was a really intriguing read. It’s a simple story, but there was plenty of drama and a touch of romance to keep my attention. It’s about loss and moving on but also the age old question of What if? What if you could change the past? Is it ever too late to start anew? I would recommend this to anyone who wants a more lighthearted mystery/amnesiac drama with a romantic interest.