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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Reminds Me of My Innocence: Amorous Adventures Among Kissing Cousins by Peter Kelton can best be described as absurd at times. The story follows two brothers and their female cousins who come into their lives and make for some pretty adventurous times. I have to be honest, by just reading the blurb and the opening of the chapter of the novel, I felt a little uncomfortable. But as the story progressed, the absurdity and the weird nature of the story made sense and connected. It was oddly romantic and sad at the same time, which made me read on and want to know more about James and Mark and what the truth was really.
This is the story of brothers Mark and James from Texas who are trying to make sense of what really happened in their lives, especially when it comes to their three cousins from New York. Beautiful, sophisticated and educated, the three sisters excite the brothers in more ways than one. With James now living in a nursing home because of his Alzheimer's, Mark has no idea what comes out of his brother’s mouth is even correct or not. But what if it is true? Did all of that really happen?
Risqué as it was, the story was indeed interested and attention grabbing. What I liked most about the story was the fact that the author never rushed anything at all. He let the characters have their time, set their own pace and basically let them tell their own story. The overall pace of the story was good and even though the subject matter was somewhat taboo, the author did it justice. The characters, their ramblings and their need to be heard were conveyed brilliantly. Interesting and well-executed.