Twenty years go by without any communication between them. Danielle went on to become a popular author and is living in Miami while Mia is working as a school teacher in Detroit, but they still have much in common. They’re unhappily married, raising teenage daughters and living with the regret of their lost friendship – and they’re both far too proud to make any attempt to contact each other and try to rekindle any semblance of their friendship. A bond like Mia and Danielle shared never truly goes away and when they’re reunited due to a horrifyingly scary tragedy they discover that their friendship is still viable… it just needs a little TLC, a whole lot of honesty and the added bonus years of maturity has given them to see everything more clearly.
Cheryl Robinson’s REMEMBER ME reminds me of why we should always treasure our friends – even those we’ve had a falling out with for one reason or another. This story jumps from past to present so you get the full impact of Mia and Danielle’s lives and friendship over time. I really enjoyed getting to know them as teenagers and understanding what caused their falling out and then viewing them as adults as they struggle through betrayals, cancer/insurance issues, marriages crumbling, and teenage drama from their daughters. REMEMBER ME obviates racial barriers and gets right down to the heart of the matter – a friendship that survives time and distance and reinforces the saying that ‘men will come and go, but friendship is forever.’
On a more personal note, I’m a military brat so had very few friends that lasted over four years (the length of time my dad was stationed anywhere). The one friend I did have through high school, Susan, passed away from cancer a few years ago – and yes we had a falling out and didn’t speak to each other for many years – we’d reconnected just a few years prior to her death. REMEMBER ME had me viewing my friendship in a different light and so thankful I got to be a part of Susan’s life – even when we weren’t speaking.
If you’re looking for a light, fun read REMEMBER ME probably isn’t for you but if you’re looking for a thought provoking story with heart that spans over a long time period – and characters who’ll win their way into your imagination then I’d highly suggest picking up a copy of this book.