TeriLyn's thoughts: The blurb for Forgotten Treasures along with the cover with caught my eye when I saw it listed on Netgalley. Excited at the prospect of an emotionally laden story I dove right into the story. For me, the entire premise of the book was great. Told mostly from the 1st person point of view of the heroine, Baylor, with few snippets thrown in from the hero, Brandt, the reader travels a journey sorting through memories and reflections to help Baylor remember who she is and what happened to her sealing her current fate.
The writing here tripped me up because there were many times I felt the plot labored on and on. Mundane details kept the depth of emotion at surface level for me. I wanted to dig deeper into the grit and rawness of the tragedy these people faced and never really felt like I was in the think of it. The way in which the story unfolds became predictable from very early on in Baylor's story which also halted my connection because I kept feeling as though I wanted to get to the heart of story. In contrast through the reflections on the past, I wanted to feel that undeniable electric connection between the hero and heroine but felt it fell kind of flat. Executing a plot like this from the 1st person I'm sure is very tricky and unfortunately for me it just didn't work.
Positives come in the form of the hero and again the premise of the plot. Brandt Reilly was a man who stuck. There were so many times I felt he was being held back as a hero. He was over shadowed by Grady in many instances. He was the kind of character who could have been a soaring hero. But he was still a man I felt compelled to throughout the book even though I didn't feel strong connections to the relationships. Again, this plot interested me the most. It was different than other community tragedies I've read about and heart breaking. The best I can describe my feelings towards the execution is by saying surface level. I wanted depth and felt the potential for so much of it in Forbidden Treasures.