Book: What Remains
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: July 2, 2016
Length: 243 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Web designer Jodi Peters is a solitary creature. Lunch twice a week with his ex-girlfriend-turned-BFF and the occasional messy venture to a dodgy gay bar is all the company he needs, right?
Then one night he stumbles across newly divorced firefighter Rupert O’Neil. Rupert is lost and lonely, but just about the sweetest bloke Jodi has ever known. Add in the heady current between them, and Jodi can’t help falling hard in love. He offers Rupert a home within the walls of his cosy Tottenham flat—a sanctuary to nurture their own brand of family—and for four blissful years, life is never sweeter.
Until a cruel twist of fate snatches it all away. A moment of distraction leaves Jodi fighting for a life he can’t remember and shatters Rupert’s heart. Jodi doesn’t know him—or want to. With little left of the man he adores, Rupert must cling to what remains of his shaky faith and pray that Jodi can learn to love him again.
What’s not to love about this book? Nothing. So, let’s move on to all the things I loved. First off I love Garrett Leigh’s writing style. It’s always easy to follow, crisp, and perfectly hers. What Remains and the subject matter it takes on could have become severely tricky and confusing but she wrote it in such a way we were pulled by the emotions and the moments like we were inside Rupert and Jodi’s heads.
I had recently answered a question in a group about what book did I wish I would see more of and memory loss, sudden amnesia of sorts was something I very much wanted to read. And Garrett Leigh has come to the rescue with What Remains.
She puts your heart through the blender for sure. We start off seeing Jodi and Rupert meet and quickly thrust into a happy 5 year relationship (all this is prologue) and then like a blink, it’s all gone, forgotten. A fresh foundation built on shaky ground.
Rupert remembers where Jodi forgets and our hearts break, bleed, and ache right along with the characters.
There was so much involved in recovery and understanding with this story, also the elements of reality. With Rupert’s commitments now reaching almost crippling levels, he has to figure it all out on his own so that he and Jodi can stay above water financially, mentally, and physically . So suffocating…. Until the little chances. This is a story about time. About losing your mind but not your heart. About courage, commitment, loyalty, and an absolute love.
Rupert and Jodi have a fabulous story and I loved What Remains so very deeply.
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