Three or four books ago, I read about the only sister of this family who was happily married. Every Friday night, she and her husband would have date nights while one of her sisters babysat their children. They even were responsible for setting up one of Danni's sisters with someone Jonas worked with. And we met their two precious children. A fire-fighter-wanna-be and a cute little girl who is a true diva!
Then one day, the family is informed that Jonas is shot in the line of duty during a routine traffic stop. The news effects the whole story, and through other sisters' eyes, we watch Jonas fight for his life in the hours following the tragedy, then slipping into a coma. We watch the sister take over the care of the children as Danni doesn't want to leave her husband's bedside until he wakes up. We read about the thoughtful anniversary present he had already gotten for her before the accident. And our heart breaks when Tyler, the son, cries for his daddy. Then he wakes up, and we anxiously await as he continues fighting for his life. The sisters continue to support Danni.
Then this book begins. It's been a year since the shooting and we learn, though it's not mentioned in the previous books, that Jonas developed amnesia after the shooting. The truths of this in this book is so real, your heart will break for him in the end. It doesn't always happen like it does in movies - this felt so realistic even at the end that I found my hurt hurting for truth!
But even through all this heartache and facing the cold, hard facts; there was still love between this couple. Jonas really nailed it when he said: the brain may forget, but the heart doesn't. I thought the ending was so special and so sweet! I just loved this couple so much and watched their struggle over getting some sort of life back. Jonas has to learn all about his family all over again. Sometimes you smile over situations, sometimes you want to bawl!
One change the author did: In her previous books, Danielle's step-sisters referred to their mother by her name. In this book, Arbry calls her "Mom." And their father is "Dad" to Danni. I like this a lot better. I could understand the reasoning in the previous books, and I'm not happy when the author abruptly makes changes like this but I'm happy that we finally have the respect this mother of seven children deserves!!!