A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Through Infinity- Thanks for the Memories- by Libby Austin- Blog Tour + Giveaway

Blurb for Through Infinity
Candice and Jason Woodruff had everything going for them: a strong marriage, the family they'd dreamed of, and successful businesses. When they made their wedding vows, they promised to love each other through infinity and beyond...but Candice doesn't remember making that vow. Candice doesn't remember the last eighteen years.
After a medical emergency, Candice awakens to find herself a married mother of four. She's surrounded by a loving family of strangers, but Candice struggles to claim an identity while learning to be a wife and mother.
Candice is no longer the same woman Jason fell in love with all those years ago. Can they learn to love each other in this new reality?
Through Infinity is one woman's journey as she rediscovers the love of her husband and children. But will that new found love be strong enough to carry them through infinity and beyond...

Book Blurb:

thanks for the memories:

Jason knew Candice's biggest Christmas wish was to remember the past eighteen years. As Thanksgiving approached, Candice retreated further within herself. Jason enlisted the help of their family and friends to grant Candice's wish. Each shared their cherished memories and placed them in a tin. Surprised to find the collection of tins, she couldn’t help but wonder what was inside.

With each memory, Candice felt a little more connected to the life and people she’d forgotten in the wake of her accident. Each one brought a sense of fulfillment and longing. When Christmas day arrived, would Candice be able to say thanks for the memories?

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My Review of Through Infinity

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Through Infinity by Libby Austin is a 2014 Infinity and Beyond publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is an awesome story about family, faith and the ultimate power of love.

In the blink of an eye the solid seventeen year marriage between Jason and Candace was literally wiped clean. Gone, vanished, as though it never happened... at least that's the way it was for Candace, who suffered a serious life threatening health issue and in the process injured herself badly. She wakes up in the hospital with most of her memories gone. She has a loving husband and four precious children, but she remembers nothing about them whatsoever. So, for Candace, Jason is a stranger. She doesn't know him, so how can she live with him, be a wife to him, be a mother to their children? Will Jason lose his wife? Will their children, for all intents and purposes, lose their mother?

There was something about Jason that Candace trusted, something about him that pulled her toward him. She feels like she needs to try to be a good mother if nothing else, so she moves back in with Jason, but the two remain roommates only. This is not an arrangement Jason is happy about, since for him all his feelings are still alive and well. He wants his wife back and all that implies. But, Candace has a long hard road ahead of her and once she starts trying to get back to the business of living, there is no guarantee she will ever feel the same way toward Jason again. Her love for him may be well and and truly gone forever. But, Jason can't let himself dwell on that. He has faith that somewhere deep inside, Candace still loves him and he refuses to give up on her.

This scenario has been done in books, movies and TV more times than we can count. It never fails to evoke some serious “what if” thoughts. I thought the author did a great job of describing some of the emotions a person might experience if they did suddenly find their memories wiped clean. Candace went through high emotional stages where she cried easily, became angry at not being able to remember key events in the lives of her children, and was confused by what she felt for Jason.

Candace had a maternal instinct that her memory loss couldn't shake and her first priority became re-establishing her relationship with the four distinctive personalities that were her children. But, Jason and her marriage was on a back burner. She didn't know how to proceed on that front, despite her libido trying to lead the charge.

If this story fails to move you, then check your pulse. No, there are no breathtaking, stunning plot twist, no miracle cures, no deep, dark secrets popping out of the closet, no over the top angst. It's not sugar coated with pat answers. In fact, the story is very understated in many ways, but to me, the style of writing added an authenticity to the story. It was not an easy journey for Candace or Jason. The reader gets both perspectives and while we would naturally feel great sympathy for Candace, she was not the only one going through a hard time. So, I felt bad for the children and for Jason, too. Although Candace survived physically, the woman they all knew was no longer there, so in essence it was sort of like a death. It is immeasurably sad to think of losing your most precious memories. Your first kiss, your wedding, your children's births and countless other milestones in our lives, forever missing. But, at the very core of the story is the undaunted faith Jason has in his heart for Candace and his refusal to give up on once more winning her love. So, for this couple and their family, the new memories they make together will be that much sweeter. 5 stars

Note: There are some liner notes at the beginning of the book that are hilarious. For those of us who get tired of seeing an author's work rated down due to certain content, you won't want to skip over the author's disclaimer.

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One day some words came to mind, so I wrote them down. Soon the words became sentences, which formed paragraphs, which, in turn, formed chapters. Before long, those words had become a book.


When I'm not reading or writing, I'm a wife, mother, and business owner. I've lived on the Gulf, East, and West Coasts, but as a born and raised Southern girl, my favorite will always be the Gulf Coast. There's just no place like home...


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your lovely review! I'm so happy you enjoyed the story and found it moving.


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