Disclaimer: Mind of Her Own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer was provided by Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.
Who knew making dinner could change your life? Louisa Copeland certainly didn’t .But when the George Foreman grill falls out of the pantry onto her head, resulting in a bump and mighty case of amnesia. Louisa’s life takes a turn for the unexpected. Who is this Collin fellow, claiming she is his wife? And whose kids are those? Her name can’t be Louisa. Why, she is the renowned romance writer Jazz Sweet, not a Midwestern mom of three. Struggling to put the pieces together of the life she’s told she had, Louisa/Jazz may realize that some memories are better left alone.
Mind of Her Own kept me reading from beginning to end. Okay, so I thought the ending reveal could have been slightly less abrupt and there were a few other things here and there—but wow! Brandmeyer did a fantastic job of developing the mystery and the sorrow as the reader begins to suspect what, exactly, Louisa is hiding—and all the heartbreak that entails.
Brandmeyer did a fabulous job of representing the effect a secret like Louisa was hiding would have on a person’s life, and then shows us Jazz, which gives us a picture of what Louisa would have been like—or, more accurately, what Louisa can become once she overcomes her past—if that secret had never come to pass. It’s heartbreaking to see Louisa’s life in the beginning, but also uplifting at the end to see how she’s beginning to overcome it.
Also, kudos for the representation of Collin: Brandmeyer does a good job of making him sympathetic by showing all the ways he’s trying to do right by his family, and then having him realize that most of those things were only making things worse. And she also does a good job of balancing the blame: not all of it was Collin’s fault, but then the fault that’s placed on Louisa is then softened, somewhat, by what is revealed about her past.
Mind of Her Own is just as crazy as the blurb suggests—but it also covers seriously a serious topic that probably affects more people than we realize. And Mind of Her Own is a good place to start to recognize that.
My rating: 4/5
Genre: Realistic, Christian
You can buy this here: Mind of Her Own