My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Genres: Christian, Historical Fiction
Inspired by the biblical story of Abigail in 1 Samuel, Remember Me When is an intriguing story, and has a great message.
Faith Nolan is a humble, God-fearing woman who wouldn't hurt a fly. After all, she's never even put a hand up to defend herself against her abusive husband, Roger. So why is it that when she discovers her husband dead, that she's the one accused of his murder?
Sure, there was that confrontation they'd had before his death. And then there's her brother-in-law's relentless accusations. And to top it all off, other crimes happen only when Faith is around. Even Nathan, the man she thought of as her protector, starts to doubt Faith's innocence.
Yet while Faith seems to come to terms with her fate—that she must pay for crimes she didn't commit—Nathan and a few others decide to take action. Because if Faith is innocent, as Nathan desperately wants to believe, then there remains a mystery to be solved. Who really killed Roger Nolan?
I enjoyed reading Remember Me When and trying to guess who the killer was, although in the end I found the revealing to be kind of predictable. Also, there were a few things about the story that didn't feel quite so realistic, such as when nearly all of the women of the town believed in Faith's innocence despite the evidence surmounted against her. You'd think some of them would be more skeptical.
But, despite all of that, it was a nice, touching story. I found myself rooting for Faith as the odds stacked against her. The romance was sweet(although, I should clarify that there's not that much romance to the story. It's mostly about clearing Faith of the accusations). And I enjoyed the sprinkling of humor, elements of mystery, and inspiring message about trusting God even in the most difficult circumstances.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes Christian Historical Fiction with a touch of mystery. It's a great clean read.