Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Amanda Lewis takes readers on an emotional journey in her latest novel, The Memory of Tears, a poignant Christian romance that delves into themes of love, faith, and mortality. It is centered around the remarkable story of Janie and a man she serendipitously meets named Caspar. As their connection deepens, Janie's devastating secret looms: she is battling cancer and as far as the science goes, she's not winning. Caspar is not unfamiliar with the loss of life as he experiences it on a deeply personal level as the story's momentum builds, but Janie's revelation that her time might be coming to an end resonates on another level because of her age, and because the two have fallen in love. Janie's faith in God is surprisingly strengthened and it is this devotion that pulls Caspar and his family into a space where at the darkest of moments they face the possibility of seeing the light and the power it has in even the most hopeless of situations.
Amanda Lewis's writing shines in The Memory of Tears and she displays a remarkable ability to create multi-dimensional characters and evoke genuine emotion. Readers will be drawn into the narrative, feeling both the joy and anguish experienced by the characters, while showcasing the Earth of God's own making as Janie hops around the globe. My mother passed away at the age of forty-three and a generations-deep risk of cancer loomed over my heart, sort of a when as opposed to an if. In my heart of hearts, I understood what Janie was going through and appreciated the author's skillful handling of delicate subjects such as terminal illness and faith with her own sensitivity and depth of understanding. Lewis's portrayal of Janie's apprehension and fear of growing closer to Caspar captures the complex emotions at play. In the case of this couple, it is fortunate that we cannot choose who we love and Caspar had no intention of throwing in the towel. Amanda Lewis incorporates otherworldly and out-of-body experiences in detail that boost its well-crafted plot, and with relatable characters and thought-provoking themes, this novel is a compelling addition to the genre of Christian romance.