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Remember Us

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  30 reviews
When 25-year-old Ben calls his twin sister, Reese, to tell her their father has cancer, she drops everything and races back to their childhood home in Nebraska. A few days later―and thirteen years since walking out of their lives without a word―their estranged mother, Bernice, arrives on the doorstep. Remember Us chronicles the family’s journey through the following months ...more
262 pages
Published January 20th 2019 by MJ Publishing
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Norma * Traveling Sister
Sweet, amusing & raw!

A light, quick & easy read that has the most adorable cover ever. REMEMBER US by LINDSAY BLAKE / LAYNE JAMES did take me a little bit of time to warm up to but once I did, I thought it was quite the entertaining and delightful read. I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamics between these characters and especially enjoyed Bernice’s character. She has this vibrant personality that is so full of life that I found to be so amusing and entertaining. This book had me smiling and c
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
3 stars.

When Ben and Reese Hamilton find out their father has cancer, they take a break from their busy lives to spend time with their dad and help him through this devastating time. While back in their childhood home, one day they open the door to find their estranged mother ready to move back in and help after being gone from their lives for the last thirteen years. This sudden reintroduction of their mother into their lives causes much confusion and chaos. This broken family works through ma
Tiff (fictionaltiff)
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Remember Us is a book to chew on. I had to sit a bit and think on my overall feelings of this book, and now that I’ve digested its words a little more, it’s a five star 🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌 read for me.
Reese and her broken family endeavor on a journey together to pick up all the pieces life has scattered, and the reader goes right along with them. What I loved about this book was it felt like a road trip: There’s parts where you’re moving fast through the plot, then moments slow down and take some minutes to g
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of life. Everyday, ordinary life. The hurts and pains that happen with choices we and those we love make. And about forgiving. And loving. And recognizing the love. And the path that gets us to that place.

Don't be surprised if you see yourself or someone you love in the characters as their story unfolds.

Liz Butler
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Lawd have mercy! This book did quite the number on me. I laughed, I cried, I grieved. And I absolutely loved every second of it!

As soon as Reese gets a call from her twin brother, Ben, about their father having cancer, she immediately drops everything and flies back home to Nebraska to be with them. Bernice, the twins' mother who left the family 13 years earlier, also comes home to do her part and help nurse Carl back to health.

This book is the story of what ensues when these four people come b
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The storyline of this novel is intriguing from the get go, but it takes a bit more time to connect to the characters. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; I found Bernice and Reese to be dramatic and whiny in the first part of the book, making it harder to care about their struggles. However, as the story continues, readers grow to understand these characters (whose viewpoints are what narrates the novel) better, making them much more relatable and whole. It's kind of like meeting someone new - y ...more
Tara - Running 'n' Reading
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
For those of you who have been reading my reviews for awhile, the fact that I love debut authors and novels will come as no surprise; the amount of creativity, courage and perseverance that goes into producing an endeavor like this never ceases to amaze me. When I reached out to authors Lindsay Blake and Layne James for a review copy of their upcoming release, I was thrilled for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you all; it definitely does not hurt that the cover includes a VW van, becau ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Remember Us made me laugh, cry and appreciate all aspects that make up special family dynamics! The characters were memorable and the story definitely brought them to life!
Jane McIntyre
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The unanswered questions about relationships in the book plus the sometimes entertaining, sometime tragic relational dynamics made this book hard to put down! I wanted to know who people would "end up" with, who might live or die, who might get married or break up, what made certain people tick, and where the adventure would take them next.

I struggled slightly to get into the book the first few chapters, for some reason (possibly because of multiple interruptions on my end) and occasionally the
Michelle White
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I read a book I want to live in it both mentally and emotionally. Remember Us not only captured me this way while I was reading but also when I put the book down. Reese’s emotional conflicts with Bernice would stay with me and have me search my own heart regarding forgiveness.

The family dynamics made me laugh out loud at times and get frustrated at times because they’re so relatable!!! I’m not giving much detail because I think this book can speak to hearts in many different ways and I don’
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me some time to get into this one, but then I read probably the last third in one sitting. At first I felt like I couldn't really get into the characters, and then I realized you meet them like you meet people in real life - all at once, and then you figure out their nuances later. Made me laugh and cry, so lovely!
Megan C.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet book about what it means to be a family. This is a character-driven novel that will warm your heart -I was SO honored to have received an advance copy from the authors, and even more honored to know them in real life. They are just as warm and lovely in real life as they are in their writing. Layne and Lindsay - I'm excited for what comes next from both of you!
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book! From the characters to the hilarious ups and downs to the emotional hardships. I laughed, cried and finished the book feeling an immense appreciation for life and all the beauty it comes with. The authors did a wonderful job describing the intense dynamics of family relationships as well as making the characters incredibly relatable. My personal favorite was Reece as I related the most with her. Highly recommend this book!!
Anna Laura
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the moment the doorbell rings, you can feel the jarring presence of Bernice as her children and Carl struggle to find their equilibrium with her sudden and unwelcomed return. This book fully captures the dysfunction of so many families as they have lost their way. But as tragedy occurs, they are presented with the choice to choose forgiveness and have their hearts knit back together or to continue in the bitterness that misunderstandings and secrets have fostered for so many years. Join the ...more
Nicole Heim
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fiction is not usually my go-to, but I am so glad I took the time to read this book. It had me laughing often, and even crying often towards the end! A few major plot twists along the way always kept me wanting to know what would happen next. I love the rawness and realness of the relationships depicted in this story. I read the last 113 pages straight because I couldn't put it down! As I read the last couple chapters, I found myself relating so much with the feelings of the characters, relating ...more
Dayan Inclan
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Family can be wonderful, horrible, comforting and alienating. We hurt the ones we love and love the ones who hurt us. The family in this book is no different than the family across the street and three houses down from you whom you wave to, but have never spoken to. Or maybe they are almost just like you. While very different from mine, I can relate to them on so many levels. We can all hold grudges, bitterness and unforgiveness and we all have times that we long for that reconciliation. All of ...more
Carla  (happiestwhenreading)
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Thank you to the authors for the free finished copy to review. All opinions are my own.

How cute is the cover of this book!?! #coverlove 😍

If you’re looking for a sweet story with complicated family dynamics, this is the book for you! I loved the dialogue amongst the characters and thought it was quite funny most of the time.

I really wasn’t a fan of the ending, and it kind of ended up ruining the book for me. (#nospoilers) 😔
Amy Stanley
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great book exploring the not so straightforward side of family dynamics! There are always two sides to a story and when you add in human emotions, nobody is always right or always wrong. We all bring our messes into relationships and I think this book illustrates that very well!
I started out being pretty annoyed with Bernice but by the end sympathized with her desire as a mother to love he family wholeheartedly in her own quirky way.
I struggle with books that don’t give me closure,
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a truly enjoyable read about complex family dynamics and finding your way through this crazy life. I did struggle a bit through the first half as the pacing was fast and I didn't feel like I got to know the characters enough to really understand all of their decisions. But it all came together at the end. The last section of the book is everything! Definitely recommend.
Christa Potter
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one morning, because I couldn’t put it down. Despite the fact that I felt I couldn’t quite flesh out the characters in my mind as unique and deep people, I was still drawn in by the narrative. You definitely feel like you are in the presence of the action and lose yourself in the story. This is a good book about finding your identity in the midst of the struggle of family.
Elaine Glafenhein
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Kimberlee (reading.wanderwoman)
Remember Us by Lindsay and Layne. First off before getting into my thoughts, I want to say that this orange VW bus is and has been my dream car for a while. I currently have an orange car but it's definitely not this awesome. HOWEVER, I certainly would not call it Ernie. I picture some type of Reading Wanderwoman logo on it, going on road trips across the world, maybe even selling books from it, similar to other traveling bookshops.

I'll admit it, I definitely ugly cried almost the entire Part
Sheree L
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Books like this are the reason I shouldn't read fiction at bedtime. I couldn’t put it down! Much of the storyline was relatable to me and brought knowing laughter and tears, but it was also quite unexpected in parts. What really struck me, though, were the compelling characters. Each one was so well-developed, with strengths the made you want to cheer them on and weaknesses that made you want to wring their necks. I cared what happened to each one, and felt a little post-book slump when I was do ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Remember Us is a classic tale about family, and all it’s glourious disfunction. Reese receives a call from her twin brother Ben telling her the grim news that their father has cancer. She drops everything and heads home to see her dad who is hospitilzed and not doing so well. Ben and Reece spend their time with their dad sharing memories, pushing him to eat, and really just getting on his last nerve! It’s been the three of them for so long. Imagine everyones surprise when In walks their mother w ...more
First of let me start by saying that I'm an HONEST book reviewer.
I had to stop reading this book on page 200. I honestly plan on finishing it, I just need some time to step away from the story and revisit it another time. This is only due to the fact that I have been bored since the first chapter. I had a lot of high hopes for this book and I'm sad to say those were short-lived.

However, I don't plan to go into full detail in regards to my full opinion inside and out on this book until I'm able t
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is artfully written in its descriptions and how it unfolds a story about all the complexities of family relationships. I will admit the first part of the book was difficult to get into, however I devoured the last chapters of this book in order to discover how the lives of these characters I had gotten to know and care for would end up. I truly enjoyed reading and reflecting upon the intricacies of the various relationships portrayed in this story that are so relatable to real life. De ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a book that is upbeat without being overly sentimental, this is probably a good read for you. In tone it reminds me of "The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel," which I was also surprised to like (those of you who know me, know I rarely enjoy fiction that is upbeat in nature). I did not anticipate that a book about a dad with cancer and a mom who returns after abandoning her family, to be upbeat without being overly sentimental and/or dishonest about feeling anger, resen ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
What if your mother left when you were only 12?

In Remember Us (Morgan James Publishing) by Lindsay Blake and Layne James, that’s exactly what happened to Reese Hamilton and her twin brother, Ben.

Now, 13 years later, their father Carl has cancer, and Ben and Reese travel home to be with him. With no forewarning, their quirky mother Bernice shows up on the doorstep of their family home at 10 pm during a downpour, suitcases sitting on the porch and her Chihuahua Rocky in her purse. Her sudden reapp
Kate Cook
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
It started out good for me. Then I got bored with it and did not care so much about the characters.
Lindsay Shultz Gurney
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Where to start?? The story started with a whole lot of potential, but once all of the main characters were introduced, it was a shit show. The mom was annoying as hell, the dad said like 2 words the whole book, and the twins were super whiny. It was extremely fast paced and not enough time was spent on a single part in the book. Like I said, the beginning made it seem like it was going to be super good, but once everyone started talking I just had no idea what was going on. The ending is the onl ...more
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