Series: The One #1
Published by Self-Published on 21st October 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Colin and Addison are on their way home when they are caught in a vicious car accident. While Colin walks away with minimal injuries, Addison suffers from a traumatic brain injury causing her to lose her short-term memory. She can’t remember the night of the accident. She doesn’t remember being engaged. She doesn’t remember Colin at all.
While Addison rebuilds her life, Colin struggles with the fact that the love of his life doesn’t remember him.
When Addison meets Pierce, the one person who doesn’t have an ulterior motive, the one person she can talk to openly, Colin thinks his life may be over.
Will Addison’s memory return in time for her to save her relationship with Colin? Or is it gone forever, leaving her free to love Pierce?
Today is release day for The One Left Behind.
Read on for my release day review to see what I thought …
REVIEWED BY JOANNE
*I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*
I was really looking forward to reading this after reading the blurb, and it did not disappoint.
Addison wakes up after a sustaining a head injury in a car accident, to be told that she has a fiancé that she doesn’t remember. She doesn’t recognise his name, can’t recall meeting him, or agreeing to marry him and when she comes face to face there’s no recollection. At all.
Colin is relieved when he’s told that his fiancée has come out of her coma, but that’s short lived when he is then told that she has some memory loss and has no idea who he is. After staying at her bedside while she was in the coma, he then has to stay away after her family suggested that she needs a little time to recuperate. When she comes home from the hospital and he visits her, he is shocked at her indifference towards him.
Addison is tired of the expectations placed upon her and whilst out walking she meets Pierce and tells him her problems, thinking that a strangers view on the situation may give her an alternate perspective. What she doesn’t expect is to find that she feels more comfortable with him than anyone else in her life at the moment.
I really felt for both the main characters in this book. The story is told from both Addison and Colin’s point of view and this gives you an idea of the impossible situation they find themselves in. I put myself in Addison’s shoes – imagine waking up and all of your family and friends are telling you that you’re engaged to someone that you have no recollection of, and when you meet him, you have no feelings what so ever for. There’s no connection there, nothing at all, yet everyone is telling you that you were about to marry him. Then I put myself in Colin’s shoes – the love of your life has just woken from a coma, and you’re so thankful they’re alive but then you find out they don’t remember you. They want to take each day at a time, but without you. You still love them, your feelings haven’t changed, but they don’t feel the same. Then you have to watch them become close to someone else, and you’re stuck in limbo.
I really wanted to hate Pierce, but I just couldn’t. He doesn’t do anything wrong, he’s a good friend to Addison, he gives her a new outlook on life, he doesn’t judge and listens to her when everyone else is trying to remind her that she had a life with Colin. It’s hard for him too, he’s got feelings for Addison but is wary of treading on Colin’s toes, and he’s also trying to protect himself. He doesn’t want to leave himself open to disappointment and heart-break in case Addison’s feelings for Colin return.
I have so much I want to say about this book, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone so all I’m going to say is READ IT! I’m still thinking about it days later!