Brand New Fic of the Week: 1/10-1/16

January 12, 2011

Committed to Memory by krismom
Review by KylaPricky

Rating: M
Genre: Hurt/Comfort/Romance
Characters: Edward/Bella

Summary: 'Til death do us part wasn't supposed to come before Happily ever after. Bella is a widow undone by grief and anger, learning about the contingencies of life from an unlikely source.

The first line of the author's summary best captures the essence of Committed to Memory. As a young widow, Bella is learning to cope with not only the loss of her husband, but also how to deal with a precocious child who's dealing with the loss of her father. Bella gets help from an unlikely source in her handsome neighbor, Edward...

If you have ever read any of my reviews before you would know that one of my favorite type of stories to review are the realistic ones. The ones that really hit home.

“Here is one of the worst things about having someone you love die: It happens again every single morning.”

If you want a story that really tugs on the heart strings and not in an angst ridden fantasy type way, but instead in a really touching way and in a totally honest depiction of someone’s struggles in life, than you shouldn’t hesitate to start reading, Committed To Memory.

“Now I am empty. Like the shell of cicadas we found a few summers ago.”

The writing style of this story really wraps the reader up and will shove you inside Bella’s head. I love the stream of consciousness type style the author has taken on, so we can feel all of the hot and cold that this Bella has to go through.

Bella’s mind is all over the place. It’s choppy, quick and random just like someone who has lost someone near and dear to their heart. The author’s engaging writing style really explores the randomness that invades one’s mind after a death. Bella is constantly plagued with the good and bad of Mike, like everyone is after the loss of someone so close.

I also just freaking love the introduction of Edward. While some may think his entrance to the story is glossed over, I really like it because, sorry for the broken record, but its authentic. Bella just lost a husband that she loved. To me, it makes perfect sense that she doesn’t notice his looks and I must admit that one of my favorites tidbits of this story is that she can’t even remember his name for the first few chapters. But she knows he is really good, “like bread and butter.”

Trust, this story will be no wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am. This is an in depth story with details and real raw emotions.

Besides, who doesn’t love a good slow burn? I can just see this story becoming filled with UST that makes us all squirm in our seats as we the audience root for these two to come together.

I’m eager to see if this Edward can show this Bella how to live and love again and you should be too!


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