Review: Remembrance

Remembrance by Michelle Madow was released in the U.S. on August 5, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online at Amazon in both formats and at Barnes & Noble in eBook format only.

Published by Dreamscape Publishing, the print edition is 314 pages.

Goodreads description:

New Hampshire high school junior Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England … but she doesn’t know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie’s school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can’t stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can’t she seem to get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, the pair of them soon find that fighting fate isn’t going to be easy.


Lizzie Davenport thought she had everything she wanted. A best friend who she knew she could count on, a boyfriend that she had known practically her entire life – even if he started to change and not for the better – good grades and a mom who trusted her.

She was happy. And she couldn’t imagine her life being any different. That is until she laid eyes on Andrew Carmichael. In that briefest of moments, her world was turned upside down, and everything she thought she wanted paled in comparison to just how much she wanted him.

Seeing Drew brought back memories of a past that wasn’t her own, of a time long ago and a place she had never before seen.

She didn’t think she was going crazy. It must all be some kind of daydream. But if that were true, then why did Drew’s mere presence make her feel like she had known him forever, make her skin tingle and make her heart race? And why did it seem like the same was true for him?


Remembrance is an enchanting story about love and second chances and trying to defy a tragic fate that seems doomed to repeat itself.

From the moment Liz sees Drew for the very first time, she knows that everything has changed. Seeing him is like coming home. And for an instant she thought he might have felt the same. But when he chooses instead to treat her as if she were nonexistent, and seems to only have eyes for her friend Chelsea, she is shattered.

Because for Liz everything is different. And all she wants is Drew. Even if he doesn’t want her. Because seeing him reminds her of another time, another place, another her.

And when she suddenly knows things she couldn’t possibly know and can do things she shouldn’t be capable of doing, she suspects that Drew might have the answers she needs. But with her life on a collision course with destiny and with time running out, unless he’s willing to reveal his secrets, their second chance just might be their last.

Author Michelle Madow has written a captivating story of a love that is strong enough to transcend time and break free from death’s hold.

Her main character Liz is sweet and incredibly likable, and is a great contrast to her best friend Chelsea and her possessive and demanding boyfriend Jeremy.

Drew is that wonderful combination of sexy, mysterious, moody and at times cruel, with just enough of a protective, kind and lovable side to keep him from being too much of a bad boy.

The story moves quickly, possibly a bit too quickly at times, but will keep readers engaged with the characters and plot as secrets are revealed, giving readers brief glimpses into an idyllic past set in the time and place of Jane Austen.

Remembrance is a book that’s so easy to get lost in and one that fans who believe in destiny, love stories and the idea that two people who are meant to be will transcend time to be together once more, will find simply magical.

Reviewer gives this book

On a personal note:

What a sweet and adorable story. I absolutely loved escaping into it this past week. It was such a quick and easy read.

I love stories about reincarnation and the preface was intriguing and sexy and I couldn’t wait to catch up to its location in the story and discover what came next.

Drew was gorgeous, mysterious and absolutely frustrating at times, but when all is revealed his behavior makes sense.

And then there was Lizzie, who was incredibly sweet and nice – way too nice for her boyfriend Jeremy who was kind of a jerk and her friend Chelsea who seemed much too self-absorbed to be called a good friend.

I was slightly hesitant about reading this book after hearing it was inspired by a music video. Also it was a contemporary, but one that didn’t appear to have that crushing or devastating moment I usually like to see. But I was charmed by the love story and intrigued by the reincarnation aspect so I wanted to give it a try. And I was completely ensnared.

I would have loved to learn a bit more about Drew and Lizzie’s past lives and Lizzie’s present life before Drew, which would have slowed the pace a bit and given me time to stay in those moments a little longer. But their absence didn’t take away my smile or make the story any less delightful or heartwarming.

I won’t reveal whether there is a happy ending for Liz, you’ll just have to read it yourself. However, I will tell you that I spent the entire read wishing and hoping that things would end happily for Drew and Lizzie.

And of course I just have to mention that I loved that the author gave the characters in the past the same initials as their counterparts in the present  – and not just the two main characters.

This was such an entertaining and utterly adorable book and I can’t wait to read more by this author.


To read the preface on the author’s blog, click here.

To read a bonus scene from Remembrance, click here.


This review is based on an eARC I received from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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