Review: Memories of a Life by Jewel E. Ann

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

The girl I met when we were nine is now the woman who said “yes” to being my wife.

But Josie’s not planning our wedding; she’s too consumed by things that happened over a century ago.

She has terrible dreams and unrelenting visions of the unspeakable. I believe her, but I don’t understand her.

If I can’t understand her, I can’t stop her.

If I can’t stop her, I can’t save us.

And without us … well, I can’t imagine that world.



My Thoughts:

Memories of a Life is in incredible conclusion to Jewel E. Ann’s Life series.  Colton and Josie’s never-easy relationship continues where it left off in the first book.  I love how the author used a story crescendo as an opening to this duet, told the story in dual time periods, and seamlessly wound the story back to that opening scene as a critical moment later in the story.  It is not the first time the author has used this creative story layout, and she does it so well.

Memories of a Life didn’t shatter me, but it kept me engaged and reading until I finished the book in one setting.  It’s heart-wrenching, dark, suspenseful, sometimes upsetting, and if one has any compassion at all, emotionally exhausting.  It is unimaginable to think of how Josie copes with the change in her life since her near-death experience, and it is equally unimaginable what she is willing to do to fix the situation.

While probably not intended, I felt that the author shines a light on mental health with Josie’s story; however,  the point was probably for society to be more opening and accepting of the possibility of reincarnation and atoning for one’s actions in a past life.  For me, that story line does require a fair bit of suspension of disbelief, but Jewel E. Ann is such a good story teller, that it is not a hardship to do so.

I loved Colton and Jessie.  I knew from the start that their odd yet enduring relationship is one of soul mates, not just lifelong friends.  Their family as supporting characters is great.  Having Josie’s dad cast as the Chief of Police makes for some fun humor when Colton and Josie are younger.  The story layout is interesting as is the storytelling.  My only issue with the books is that the ending felt a little rushed relative to the rest of the story, although, it is the perfect denouement for Colton and Jessie.

Purchase Links:


Amazon Worldwide:

Start Part One, Pieces of a Life:

About the Author: Jewel is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author with a quirky sense of humor. When she’s not saving the planet one tree at a time, you can find her role modeling questionable behavior to her three boys, binge-watching Netflix with her husband, and writing mind-bending romance. 

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