Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Memory Loss - A Blessing or A Hoax? w/ Giveaway

Dani and Ella Weeks–two women who share one thing in common. The same life, the same family, and the same body.
When Dani wakes with no knowledge of who or where she is–no memories of her life at all–David and Dani Weeks discover that “til death do us part” takes on an entirely unexpected meaning. Practically speaking, Dani died. But she didn’t.
What’s a gal to do?
In a desperate attempt to separate the old life from the new, Dani insists on a new name, a twist of her old one–Ella.
Ella’s doctors can’t explain what happened. Her children can’t understand why she doesn’t know them. David, her husband,
finds himself torn between admiration for the “new” version of his wife and missing the woman he’s known for over fifteen years.
Will Ella ever regain her memory? Why does their pastor suspect it’s one great hoax?
This is the first book in the Sight Unseen Series 
Available on AmazonBarnes and Noble, and other retailers

Meet the Author:
Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert with her husband and five of her nine children.  Through her novels, she hopes to encourage Christians in their walk with Jesus.

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My Take:
This was my first book by Chautona and I have to say, Yay! I have just found another author I enjoy! It was tough to put this one down and I had it read in just a few days. She did an amazing job of writing a compelling story that felt believable and yet, I sure hope it doesn't happen to me.

The characters drew me in immediately. I struggled with Dani, the main character. She had some really good qualities, or at least the new Dani, now Ella did. But she also grated just a little on my nerves, and I can't really put my finger on why. Some times I wanted to cheer her on and praise her for all she was accomplishing and other times I wanted to wring her neck.  David her husband was probably my favorite character, mostly I guess because he was somewhat of a hero. He was there for her regardless and he could easily have chosen an out. Another character I really liked was Charity. This woman made the people from the Bible seem like her best friends and she could totally give you a Bible character to relate to for whatever situation you found yourself in. She inspired me. 

I thought the emotional tension in the book was very real! I cannot imagine waking up one day and not knowing who I was, or on the flip side, not being remembered by my spouse or parent. Sometimes I wanted to laugh and sometimes I wanted to cry, or maybe scream! I think Chautona drew out a part of me, I would rather not deal with LOL. I loved the way Ella and David worked through their differences, how the pastor helped David see what he needed to do, and how David was so patient in waiting on Ella, and yet it was obvious that he struggled too! 

Thank you Chautona for writing an amazing book! One that is still on my mind as I cannot get these characters out of my head. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
I would recommend this book for older teens and adults. 

This book was provided to me free from Celebrate Lit to read. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. 

Stop back tomorrow to read Chautona's Guest Post and watch a trailer for the book. Be sure to also check out all the other blog tour stops, as well as, enter the giveaway!

Blog Stops

June 15: Genesis 5020
June 15: Lane Hill House
June 16: The Scribbler
June 17: Back Porch Reads
June 18: Carpe Diem
June 19: Quiet Quilter
June 20: Mommynificent
June 22: Pursuing Stacie
June 22: Remembrancy
June 23: Pause for Tales
June 24: Bigreadersite
June 25: Lots of Helpers
June 28: Just Jo’Anne
June 28: Henry Happens


  1. I definitely want to read this one. :-)

    1. I am sure you will really enjoy it, Melissa! She certainly keeps you turning the pages.

  2. Chautona's definitely one of my favorites - even if you don't like the character (like in this one), you just can't stop reading...

    1. Yes, I am hoping to have a chance to read another one of her books soon.

  3. I love books about characters with memory issues, as it relates to my professional life and is so fascinating!

    1. I agree. This book was a hard to believe, yet fascinating book. It just kept me thinking... how would I feel if that happened to me. I am sure it is definitely possible.

  4. She is truly a wonderful author. I wait impatiently for her books to release!

    1. Mari, Thank you for stopping by! I agree, Chautona is a wonderful author. I am eager to read more of her books.


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