Your next summer read: I finished this book in 12 hours and I’m still crying.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


I’ve always told my kids that I don’t worry as much about the big life decisions they will face like where to go to college, what career path they’ll take or where they’ll choose to live.


I worry more about those split-second decisions that will alter the course of their lives in negative ways – and I always use drunk driving as the prime example.

Colleen Hoover’s new book – Reminders of Him – tells the story of that very thing, which is probably why I only got five hours of sleep last night.


I couldn’t put it down.


My sister-in-law Keri read the book first, then The Daughter. Both said I needed to start it ASAP, so I did.

And now you should too.


Reminders of Him is more than a love story; it’s a story about loss and redemption and how a really bad split-second decision can destroy so many lives.


It’s about how a mother’s love is one of the most powerful things in the world.

It’s about coping with unspeakable loss and how making the wrong assumptions about people can unfairly turn them into villains.


If you are looking for a summer read with substance, this book is it.


You’ll fall in love with Kenna as she embarks on a journey of righting a wrong; of recovering from one of those devastating decisions I’ve always warned my kids about.

Despite its heavy content, Reminders of Him will leave you with a renewed appreciation for the power – and importance - of forgiving others, especially ourselves.


Keep a tissue handy, though, because you’re going to need it.