Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mind of Her Own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Mind of Her Own   Mothers everywhere will recognize Louisa Copeland's frazzled state of mind in the opening chapter of MIND OF HER OWN. Sibling rivalry, mother-teenage daughter tension, a revolving taxi-short order cook service, and a too absent husband.  In a rush she reaches for the indoor grill on an upper shelf (think George Foreman) and crash!  The next scene is an emergency room as Louisa's husband rushes to the side of the woman with a bump on her head who says she has never heard of Louisa or her family, that she is Jazz Sweet, an unmarried, nonmother, romance author.  

Doctors diagnose temporary amnesia caused by the fall and quickly send Collin and Jazz home, encouraging Collin to expose Jazz to sounds, smells, anything that might trigger Jazz's transformation to Louisa.  The novel's mood alternates; from the first pages and Jazz'z initial reaction to Collin, I expected a light, humorous mood.  There are those moments, throughout, especially Jazz's first moments with the kids and her need to replace Louisa's beige life with some bursts of color and fun. But the book goes beyond that.  For one, Collin's reaction.  His family is in crisis and he has to abandon his 70 hour a week law practice to be a father.  And he has to find a workable role as Jazz's supporter while waiting and wanting (??) for Louisa to return.  In the process, he begins to see his wife in a new light. There is a depth there that goes beyond silly amnesia story.  Readers, like Jazz herself, will get caught up in Jazz'z life, all the while knowing she does not really exist.  But readers will also quickly sense (or at least I did) that behind the amnesia is something dark.  I figured out what that was quite easily and waiting for that reveal added a more serious, uneasy element to the book.  Brandmeyer is a talented writer; I totally liked her characters in this book and the more humorous moments.  I will leave it to each reader to decide if you like how all the pieces fit together into the complete story.  

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for my honest review.  I would say that the target audience for this contemporary novel would be young adults to mid-thirties.  

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an interesting premise. Thanks for the review. I may put this on the selection list for my book club.