Erryn reviews ‘Pieces of Us (Missing Pieces Book 3)’ by N.R. Walker. The book was self-published on July 24, 2020 and is 189 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Glen Lloyd. It was released January 28, 2021 and is 4hrs 54mins. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read: I loved the first two parts and couldn’t wait for the conclusion.
As Justin’s recovery moves forward, Dallas dares to hope their lives are settling into their new normal. His money worries have eased, business is picking up, and best of all, Justin now laughs more than he frowns.
Justin’s memory still eludes him, but with each snippet or flashback, small pieces of his old life start to slot into place. He remembers more of Dallas and how perfectly happy their lives used to be, and with each passing day, Justin realises he can have that again.
But when someone from Justin’s past turns up, he discovers that not all the missing pieces are good, and sadly, he and Dallas also learn just what it means to live with a traumatic brain injury.
If Dallas and Justin have to fight for their Happily Ever After, then Dallas will stop at nothing–nothing–to give Justin the life he always wanted.
“. . . as I tried to put the puzzle of myself back together, it was the pieces of us that made me whole.”
This trilogy of books is about an established couple. They’ve got it all figured out – they’re happy living and working together. They’ve resolved issues with their respective families. They’ve carved out their place in the world together and aside from the arguments over footy and toilet paper, life is really good.
Until the day it all went sideways.
Justin’s accident devastated Dallas and left Justin with amnesia. He faced the choice of living in a strange place alone, or living in a strange place with a man he senses is trustworthy. A man who is in photographs with him. Intimate photos. So they had to mean something to each other at some point, right? My heart broke for both men. Dallas for having to witness the love of his life almost die, and Justin for having to fight back from injuries including the traumatic one to his brain.
The first book ends with Justin remembering an important part of Dallas. The second book picks up from that point and moves through Justin’s slow but steady recovery. Small steps, minor improvements. One day at a time. That book ends with them going out to a social event for the first time.
This final book picks up from there. Dallas, who has been carrying most of the stress, finally gets some good news, and relief is on the way. Justin is slowly regaining some memories while forming new ones. Intimate issues begin to crop up as Justin begins to feel more like himself. Or his new self. Then someone from his past shows up and it all goes sideways again.
One step forward, two steps back.
But Justin possesses a resiliency, and I know a lot of that comes from Dallas. Dallas who has never wavered. Never considered not being there for every disappointment and every triumph.
The book’s first chapter is in Justin’s point of view, as is the last – the epilogue. Have to say, it was pretty great.
Now, I loved this book when I first read it, and leapt on the audio because I’ve enjoyed every Glen Lloyd/N.R. Walker collaboration. I will note several times there are repeated lines in the audio and although irritating, didn’t diminish my love of the book.
This is a series worth the time and financial investment. Truly brilliant, emotional in a good way, and just plain entertaining.
9.5/10 Points of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars
She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love. She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.