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Impossible To Forget Kindle Edition
In this poignant novel from the bestselling author of Where the Story Starts, an extraordinary final wish brings five lives together forever.
Just turned eighteen, Romany is on the cusp of taking her first steps into adulthood when tragedy strikes, and she finds herself suddenly alone without her mother, Angie, the only parent she has ever known. In her final letter, Angie has charged her four closest friends with guiding Romany through her last year of school—but is there an ulterior motive to her unusual dying wish?
Each of the four guardians possesses an outlook on life that Angie wants to give her daughter as a legacy. Three of them have known each other since university: the eternally nomadic and exotically named Tiger; the shy and practical Leon with his untapped musical genius; and Maggie, a brilliant lawyer who doesn’t know her own abilities. But the fourth guardian is a mystery to the others: they’ve never even heard of former model Hope before…
As the guardians reflect on their friendship with Angie, it becomes apparent that this unusual arrangement is as much about them as it is about Romany. Navigating their grief individually and as a group, what will all five of them learn about themselves, their pasts—and the woman who’s brought them all together?
From the Publisher
It’s an opening that immediately captured my imagination. What an ask, what a responsibility to put upon your friends, not least because Tiger, Maggie, Leon, and Hope hadn’t already agreed to it. I wondered, How would I respond in such a situation?
As the characters tackle their new roles with varying degrees of enthusiasm, we see them slowly uncover the tangled webs of friendship, the secrets, the stories, and the memories that they share. Ultimately, they learn that the opportunity to pick up where Angie left off with her daughter offers them the opportunity to heal old wounds and create new beginnings. For me, Impossible to Forget is just that—a novel that has stayed with me long after finishing.
—Victoria Pepe, Editor
About the Author
Bestselling author Imogen Clark writes contemporary book club fiction.
Her first three novels have all reached the number one spot in the UK Kindle Store and her books have also been at the top of the charts in Australia and Germany. Where the Story Starts was shortlisted for Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year 2020.
Imogen initially qualified as a lawyer, but after leaving her legal career behind to care for her four children, she returned to her first love—books. She went back to university to study English Literature whilst the children were at school, and then tried her hand at writing novels herself.
Her great love is travel and she is always planning her next adventure. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband and children.
If you'd like to get in touch then please visit her website at www.imogenclark.com, where you can sign up to her monthly newsletter. Imogen can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as Imogen Clark at Home.
- ASIN : B08Z74PMS2
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (February 1, 2022)
- Publication date : February 1, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 5079 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542021189
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #13 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Although the book description on Amazon implies this is a story of random people fulfilling the dying wish of a friend to care for her teenage daughter, it's really the story of friendship. I came into this expecting to read about how they fulfill their commission, yet the book is more about how each person came to be part of the mother's life, and why she would want them to remain in her daughter's life.
The first few chapters do begin with the meeting of 4 people at a solicitor's office to hear the last request of their long-time friend to mentor her nearly-grown daughter, but after giving us an idea of the future, the book delves onto the past, helping us to know each character, and how their lives all intertwine.
The friendships begin during college in the 80's, and the story moves progressively forward, giving the reader a window into each person's life and personality. The book is fast-moving, yet flows smoothly and naturally. The book is told in 3rd person, and the author spends several chapters focusing on one character followed by several chapters focused on a different character, so we get a fuller picture of each personality. Except for the introduction, which starts in 2017, the story moves consecutively, from 1985 forward, making it easy to follow.
A few swear words here and there, some characters sleep with each other, but nothing graphic.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable book, well told and engaging, one which has more depth then the description would imply. I rarely rate books 5 stars, but I would give this a solid 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.
This book could be separated into three parts. First, you have the letter that Angie left behind detailing each person's responsibility in carrying for Romany. Along with this comes the reactions of the people to learning their roles for the next year in Romany's life.
The second part is basically the development of the friendships of Angie and her three friends Maggie, Tiger, and Leon. This starts out when they meet in university and goes until Angie's death over 30 years later. I love that these are friendships that have lasted for so long. Yet, the book also shows how the level of closeness that they each feel toward each other varies throughout that time. It felt true to any friendship that's going to last that long.
The final quarter of the book was about how Angie's friends discovered their roles in Romany's life. More than that, though, it's about how even after someone dies, that person can continue to influence the lives of their family and friends. I wasn't sure if this book could have a fully satisfactory ending, but the ending was good enough that a book that I was considering giving 4 stars was boosted up to 5 stars in the end.
This book has some swearing. I'd say that it probably averages one or two swear words a chapter. Some chapters have none, and there are others that have several. As far as I remember, there are no uses of the f-bomb. While the characters talk about having sex, there's no graphic description or anything that I felt like I needed to skip over. There is one reference to a character bringing a not-so-legal substance through customs. As long as someone isn't offended by the swearing, I feel like this is a book that I would feel fairly comfortable recommending to most people.
Without giving any spoilers, I will say it seems that the author lacks a little understanding about how the world of business works and how the world of music works. Some things that happen just don’t fit. She could have also done a bit of research about postpartum depression.
The repeated statement that Leon was wasting his life because he had musical talent and was a chemical engineer is just pure romanticism and bugged the crap out of me. I realize the author is trying to say you should do what you love, but that doesn’t mean you have to make your living doing that thing. It also doesn’t mean you could make a living doing that thing. There’s nothing wrong with having a hobby that you love and a job that you work. Oftentimes, turning your love into a job makes it, well, a job instead of a love.
Overall, I’d recommend the book. But, I do wish the author had done a little more research to make her story lines work a little better. 3.5 stars.