The title of Things Worth Remembering is appropriate because the two main characters spend most of it remembering some painful things in their past. I might have added the tiny word "not" to the title. The story takes place during the week before Maisey's wedding. She comes home to get ready, but does everything she can to avoid her mother, Kendy. Somehow, nine years before, their close relationship soured. Maisey's deliberate coldness hurts her mother, who longs for the loving affection they shared before she turned 13.
This book pushed one of my buttons. I don't understand people who let hurts accumulate instead of talking to the one who hurt them and giving them a chance to ask for forgiveness. Maisey has been harboring her adolescent pain for far too long. I identified with Kendy a little better, but instead of insisting on discovering what was wrong, she swallows her hurt and tries to keep being a loving mother. As the book progresses, Stark reveals that the hurts are many layered. Eventually, mother and daughter have that talk, but it's not as simple as I wanted to make it.
One of the strengths of the book are two wonderful men. Both love strongly enough to see their women through the pain, and to confront them when they are wrong. The two couples exemplify the unity of a Godly marriage.
Although this is a well told story, the author experimented with point of view, and it didn't quite work for me. Kendy and Maisey alternate telling it in present tense. But they do so much remembering that a great deal of the story is in past tense. It felt awkward instead of clarifying where they were in time. But Stark uses memories beautifully, to explain the present problems, and eventually to resolve them, and this makes the book worth reading.
Pros: Well told story of a long standing hurt between mother and daughter. It has characters one can identify with who try to obey God while they deal with real life issues.
Cons: Point of view is a little confusing.
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