Thursday, August 4, 2011

'Remember Me' by Cheryl Robinson (TLC Tour Book Stop + Giveaway)


What happens when the loyalty that defines the friendship of two women is tested? For Mia and Danielle, finding the answer takes a lifetime…
Mia Marks is a black girl from inner-city Detroit with an eye for the hottest fashions and a penchant for the good life. Danielle King is a suburban white girl with artistic ambitions. When a series of circumstances thrust Danielle and Mia together their freshman year at an all-girls Catholic high school, neither expects to form a deep bond that transcends race and background, and lasts for years. And neither could have anticipated the one indiscretion that destroyed it forever.
Twenty years later, Danielle is a successful novelist living in Miami. Mia is a school teacher in Detroit. But they’re still on common ground–both unhappily married and raising teenage daughters, and both far too proud to make the first move and reconnect. Until tragedy brings them back together in the most unexpected way. Now they must confront the past, discover its untold truths, and learn to survive the increasing complexities of their lives, and a friendship destined to endure.

First thoughts when I finished the last page: "Hmmm...that was just okay."

When I was approached by TLC to read Remember Me for the tour I gladly said yes for a couple of reasons.

  1. I love reading new-to-me authors.
  2. The author is from Michigan.
  3. The book takes place in Michigan
I think that I had very high expectations for this one and I'm sad to say that it just didn't make it with me overall. I liked the story for the most part. I'm fond of books that concern women who are friends and may have lost contact with each other and then are reunited under amazing circumstances. What I need though is to like at least one of the women! At times I caught myself feeling a little for the two women, but for the most part I couldn't make myself like who they had become. Because of that I just didn't enjoy this book as much as I'm sure someone else may. I also felt that the framework for the story was there but it was missing a key ingredient....more fleshed out, dimensional characters. I just felt there was something lacking that hindered these two women to really become their own person and speak to me from the pages. 

Recommend? I think it would be perfect for those that enjoy Danielle Steel (in fact, I was reminded of Steele's style often while reading this one) and Nicholas Sparks. Someone else may not respond the way that I did to Mia and Danielle. I also honestly feel that Robinson has something to offer. I would be willing to try another one of her books because I think that my enjoyment was hindered by my intense dislike of the two main characters. Cheryl Robinson has written five other books, I'm pretty sure my chances of finding a likable protagonist is high!

Rating: 7/10

Click here to enter the giveaway for a copy of 'Remember Me'!! 
Courtesy of TLC and NAL.

Published: August 2, 2011
Publisher: NAL
Genre: Friendship Fiction
Source: TLC/NAL
ISNB: 9780451233387
* Uncorrected Advance Copy

About Cheryl Robinson

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Cheryl Robinson has a Bachelor’s of Science from Wayne State University. Her love of writing was sparked while taking a fiction writing course as a college elective.  She began her literary career by self-publishing two novels before acquiring a literary agent and then a publishing deal.  Remember Me is her sixth novel with New American Library, an imprint of the Penguin Group.
Cheryl lives in Ocala, Florida.
Connect with Cheryl on Facebook, or visit her website at

Disclaimer:Thank you to TLC Book Tours for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MYexperience while reading this novel.

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  1. thanks for the warning--I'm not a fan of Danielle Steele. Thanks for stopping by my blog even though I've been pretty scarce in my visits. It's pretty chaotic in my life right now.

  2. Sorry to heat it wasn't that good.....the synopsis sounded promising :):):):):):)

  3. Thanks Staci for reviewing my book and giving a new-to-you author a try. I'm sorry you didn't care for Mia and Danielle, but I'm glad you're still willing to give me another try.

  4. Characters make or break a book for me so I can understand why this one might not have ended up being a fav with both characters not being likable.

  5. I am sorry it did not click with you :/ Because yes liking characters is a must. Sure it works if I do not like them in the beginning..but that must change

  6. sorry to hear this one didn't work all that well for you. What didn't you like about the characters? I'm just curious before deciding to enter the giveaway or not. I generally like stories about women who are trying to reconnect.

  7. For me, whether I need to like the main character depends on this book. And it sounds like this book is one of those where it really helps to connect with at least one of the main characters. Too bad this one didn't live up to your expectations.

  8. I don't think this one is for me. Thanks for your review!

  9. I am actually fan of Danielle Steele ( my pleasure reading), I think I might like this one. Thank you for the giveaway as well.

  10. I don't have to like any of the characters but I do have to be able to relate to them in some way. Too bad this one didn't work for you.

  11. Sorry this one didn't work for you Staci. The premise sounds good and it's one I think I might like. I'm going to pop over and enter your giveaway!

  12. The cover looks so much like a book I just finished, House of Daughters.

  13. Yes, this one did sound like one I would enjoy...but I also have to like at least one of the characters.

    Too bad they weren't more likable! And your comparison to Steel and Sparks told me enough that I probably won't read this book.

    However, that could change...I've even been known to read a Steel or Sparks on occasion.

  14. Too bad this one didn't work for you. I liked the sound of the basic premise, but I agree that I have to like at least one of the characters.

  15. I haven't heard of this one; sorry it was not a home run.

  16. If both of them turned out to be women you wouldn't want to be friends with that would be hard to overcome.

  17. The synopsis makes the story sound intriguing. But like Laurel said, if I don't like the characters hard to like the story. The writing sounds like it is excellent though and will definitely check out this author.

  18. Sorry this one didn't resonate with you. If you think Danielle Steele fans would like it, then I know I wouldn't like it. Steele is way too shallow and formulaic for me.

  19. As a fellow Michigander, I will give it a go. It will be interesting to read the author's depiction of Detroit. I like that she is a Detroit native.

  20. Well, I am on this tour too and started reading the book. It will be interesting to see what I think of it. Great review!

  21. I'm sorry this one wasn't a good fit for you, but thanks for being a part of the tour.


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