Here’s a romance trope you don’t read every day: amnesia. Or maybe we’ve read it a hundred times, and just don’t remember!
Okay, bad joke.
In the amnesia trope, the couple has already met, fallen in love, and sometimes even married before the story starts. But then something happens, and one or the other of them falls/ hits his or her head/ is in an accident, and they cannot remember the other person. She — let’s decide on the female just to keep it simpler, but it could be either character — may not recall ever seeing her husband before. She can’t remember how they met, why they fell in love, or anything about their relationship before the mind-shattering event that caused the amnesia.
Her husband, of course, remembers everything, and he is blindsided that she does not remember him. At all. He loves her, but she treats him like a stranger, and he needs to win her heart all over again. He’s terrified that, this time, she won’t choose him.
Let’s toss in a twist. What if her husband remembers the events that happened prior to the accident? Events that prove their life was not exactly rosy, that they’d grown apart, or maybe even worse. So… not only is he worried she won’t choose him (again) but he panics that all the innocence they’ve rediscovered as they get to know each other again will be undone.
As soon as she remembers.
And, of course, she will.
A good author strings the reader along, building the overwhelming sense of doom as the heroine begins to regain fragments of her memory. When will she remember everything? And what will she do with that knowledge when she does? How will this potential train wreck play out?
Tanner is blindsided to see his wife at a community event six months after she’d left him without so much as a note. He bolts through the crowd to her side, calls her name, and grabs her arm, but the expression on her face backs him up a step. It’s like she’s looking through him. Like she doesn’t know who he is.
And she’s pregnant.
That’s all in the first scene of Her Forgotten Cowboy, along with a few of Tanner’s memories about the deep depression Rebecca had fallen into after their daughter’s stillbirth. So we get why seeing her swollen belly is a sucker-punch to him. Still in the first chapter, we find out that Rebecca’s recently been in an accident. Though she’s been told she was married and separated, she doesn’t remember why.
But Tanner knows.
What a great context for a sweet second-chances romance with the amnesia backdrop! I read this story last weekend and enjoyed every minute of it.
Psst… I just remembered (haha) that Jolene Navarro has an amnesia romance coming out soon, too! The Texan’s Surprise Return. Definitely going to have to read that one when it releases!
“Is that you? You’re… you’re alive.”
For three years, Xavier De La Rosa’s family thought he was dead. Now Xavier is back home in Texas for Christmas, and finds a wife he can’t remember and adorable triplets he never knew existed. Can Xavier reclaim his memories and the love he left behind…before he returns to the job that nearly killed him?
Have you read an amnesia romance that you couldn’t forget? Tell us about it in comments, and what you liked about the trope. Or, if you haven’t read one, what do you think the pitfalls of that story line might be?