Today is my first full day of summer vacation. My kids have been off school for a few days but for me, this was my first ‘official’ day. It felt nice. It feels nice. I’m now a full time writer and it feels … freeing and scary all at the same time. But today I wanted to enjoy myself. I poured a cup of coffee, sat out in the sun, read a book (and finished it while wiping the tears from my eyes), took my girls to the farmers market and just relaxed. The perfect summer day!

Which reminds me of the summer reading challenge I’m doing thanks to BookSparks. The first book is “The Song Remains the Same” by Allison Winn Scotch – one of my favorite authors. She continually sucks me in and creates a world where I ‘care’ about the characters and what happens to them. I loved where she went with the story of a woman who suffered a terrible tragedy and completely lost all her memories. It’s a story I’m sure we’ve all daydreamed about one time or another.

What would you do if you woke up tomorrow morning not knowing anything. Not recognizing the face staring back at you in the mirror, having to repeat a name to yourself over and over so that you would remember it? What if you found out you were married? Had children, or lost a child? What if you were told a lie that you believed to be true and didn’t life a life that was completely yours?

I’m not really sure how I would react. Would I follow blindly, accepting that others must know better than me or would I listen to my gut and try to live the life I wanted. What if meant pushing aside the man everyone told me I loved or chose to live with him even if I knew inside it wasn’t the right thing to do? Would I grieve the child I had lost not knowing if I had wanted to be pregnant in the first place? Would I embrace a family I didn’t recognize and convince myself this must be the life I had wanted or would I see this as the perfect time to reinvent myself?

It’s hard to put yourself in that position and yet…I’ve always wondered what I would do if I found myself there. I dare you to read the book and not ponder that as well!

Have you read “The Song Remains the Same”? What did you think? Was this your first novel by Allison Winn Scotch?