“I know I am supposed to be Louisa, but I don’t remember anything! It’s frustrating to be handed a life you know nothing about and then be told to live it,” Jazz confides in Diane Lesire Brandmeyer’s novel, Mind of Her Own. This three hundred and fifty-two page paperback targets those who enjoy romantic Christian fiction. With no profanity, topics of illness and abuse may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes the first chapter of three books by other authors as well as eleven discussion questions, the author’s biography, and advertisements. In this current-day story set in a small town in Illinois, Jazz Sweet finds herself in the hospital with a lump on her head apparently from a George Forman grill falling on it. Believing she is a romance writer from Florida who is unmarried and spirited, she is shocked to learn she has a lawyer husband named Collin and three children from ages four to twelve years old. With the doctor’s orders to go home, the woman with retrograde amnesia agrees to go with the man at her hospital bedside to try to figure her life out. Not knowing how to cook, clean, or take care of two under school-age boys and a preteen girl, she is convinced she never could be the organized but withdrawn woman named Louisa who apparently was a mom and wife. Through getting into trouble, spending time with family, and craving to keep her outgoing personality, Jazz and those that love her try to get her to remember the past. Only when she recalls a deep secret, does she become the woman she is meant to be. With some laughs and tears and minor Christian influence, the book shows one woman’s self-awareness and insecurities while her husband wonders if life will or should be the same. Having a predictable ending, the light read may make some readers wonder how different tomorrow could be if we wished we had a different personality. Having written historical and contemporary fiction along with nonfiction, author Brandmeyer remarried after being a widow and has a blended family. Thanks to The Book Club Network for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reviewer’s honest opinion.
I got a copy of this book this morning, a few hours later I had not put it down. I loved the story line. Jazz Sweet was the person Louisa Copeland longed to be, full of life and hope. Hurts from her past kept her from being the person God created her to be. In the blink of an eye Louisa's life and the life of her family were forever changed. These changes brought new life, new love and new beginnings to the ordinary, dull everyday life the family lead. Jazz brought fun and spontaneous into their world. This book is an awesome read.
I enjoyed this book...an intriguing story and plot that I havent heard of before. Louisa sustains a concussion and wakes up as a different personality...Jazz Sweet. Through the story Louisa (aka Jazz) goes on a search to remember who she is. And as she does, she finds healing in her marriage and from her past. Recommended! Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.