‘Reminders Of Him’ by Colleen Hoover- Summary & Analysis

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TitleReminders Of Him
AuthorColleen Hoover
GenreRomance novel, Contemporary romance
Erotic literature, Domestic Fiction
Publication Date18 January 2022
PublisherMontlake Romance
Pages 335 pages


  • Kenna Rowan – A 26-year-old ex-con who is returning to her hometown after serving five years in prison for a tragic accident. She is determined to reunite with her four-year-old daughter, Diem.
  • Ledger Ward – Scotty’s best friend and the owner of Ward’s Bar. He is a kind and compassionate man who is willing to help Kenna rebuild her life.
  • Diem – Kenna and Scotty’s four-year-old daughter. She is being raised by Scotty’s parents, Grace and Patrick Landry.
  • Grace and Patrick Landry – Scotty’s parents. They are grieving the loss of their son, but they are also trying to be supportive of Kenna and Diem.
  • Kenna – A young woman who is trying to start over after making a mistake.
  • Ledger – A kind man who is willing to help Kenna.
  • Diem – A young girl who is growing up without her parents.
  • Grace and Patrick – Grieving parents who are trying to do the best for their granddaughter.


  • Forgiveness – The book explores the importance of forgiveness, both towards oneself and others. Kenna, the protagonist, must learn to forgive herself for the accident that killed her husband, and she must also forgive the people who blame her for it.
  • Second chances – The book shows that it is never too late to make amends and start over. Kenna is given a second chance to be a mother to her daughter, and she must learn to trust herself and let go of the past.
  • Love and healing – The book shows that love has the power to heal even the deepest wounds. Kenna finds love again with Ledger, and their relationship helps her to heal from her grief and guilt.

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Reminders Of Him Summary

Kenna was released from jail at the age of 26 after completing a 5 year sentence for involuntary vehicular manslaughter in the death of her lover, Scotty. Despite knowing the hazards, she returns to her hometown, desperate to see her daughter, Diem, who was born while she was in jail and is now being brought up by Scotty’s parents. 

Kenna spends her first night in town looking for a bookshop she used to frequent, only to discover it has been converted into a pub. She walks in for a cup of coffee & is immediately drawn to the gorgeous bartender, who reveals out to be the owner Ledger Ward, a former professional football player who is also one of Scotty’s best friends. Ledger, for one, can’t take his eyes off the sad-eyed woman sitting alone with a cup of coffee. He has no idea who she is.

Ledger developed a good friendship with Diem, who lives down the street from Scotty’s parents. Kenna & Ledger get to know one other over the following period of time. To prevent any public controversy Kenna informs Ledger her name is Nicole, yet he soon realises that “Nicole” is Kenna. Kenna works as a cashier at a supermarket.

Kenna feels that the best approach to meet her daughter is to go up to the Landrys’ front door and merely apologise. During her trial, she showed up catatonic which the town mistook for Kenna’s indifference. Only the intervention of Ledger, who physically pulls Kenna out of the Landrys’ yard, prevents Kenna from causing what Ledger tells her would have been an unpleasant spectacle.

Ledger attempts to convey to Kenna that the Landrys are attempting to rebuild their lives. Kenna, despite her heartbreak, is desperate to meet her daughter. As Ledger witnesses Kenna’s feelings he struggles against the town’s perception of Kenna as a heartless monster who abandoned Scotty to die on a remote rural road.

Kenna is certain about one thing: she wishes to see her daughter without ruining the life Scotty’s parents & Ledger have created for her. As reports of Kenna start to circulate, Scotty’s parents secure a restraining order prohibiting Kenna from coming within 500 feet of her child. The more Kenna confides in Ledger regarding her problems, deeper they both fall in love.

Ledger was married but his wife was unhappy with his level of engagement in Diem’s life & the two of them divorced. Kenna feels a great delight in closeness that she had almost forgotten when she & Ledger finally fell in love. They are passionately in love.

Kenna feels broken by the restraining order & considers leaving town entirely. After all, the Landrys are doing well, and her kid is content. Ledger gives Kenna part-time work at his pub to help her save money for her trip out of town. Only until Roman, Ledger’s barman, challenges him does Ledger begin to view Kenna in a new light.

Roman recalls Ledger how many times he has given second opportunities to the bartenders, including Roman himself. Ledger believes he may have judged Kenna unfairly. However, when Scotty’s parents discover that Ledger is seeing Kenna, they force him to choose among Kenna & the Landrys.

Kenna tells Ledger that she sends letters to Scotty, which she says supported her throughout her confinement. There are currently almost 300 letters in all. Ledger requests that Kenna read a letter explaining what happened that killed Scotty. Kenna reluctantly reads it to him. The letter says that Scotty and Kenna both drank that night, but Kenna was somewhat less inebriated.

The vehicle, which was driven by Kenna, got into a skid and flipped over in a ditch. Kenna walked home in horror, certain that Scotty had died and that she was to blame. She wouldn’t discover until the next morning that Scotty had survived the crash for more than 6 hours before dying on the highway. She is beyond grieving, as evidenced by her catatonic look at her trial.

Ledger can now see how viciously the town has condemned Kenna. He is adamant about getting Grace (Scotty’s mother) & Kenna together. Grace is taken aback when Ledger shows her a copy of the letter. She spent five years demonising the girl who murdered her son, but now she views the accident in a completely new perspective. She wants Kenna to understand that she has forgiven her for the accident. Grace visits Kenna’s flat with the assistance of Ledger. She & Kenna cry as they embrace. Grace says she’ll introduce Kenna to Diem.

Kenna visits the Landry residence for a meal & meets Diem. The two hit it off immediately away & Kenna feels joy for the very first time in many years. 

Two years have passed. Kenna & Ledger have moved in next door to Diem & the Landrys. Although Diem still lives with her grandparents for the sake of stability, she frequently visits Kenna and Ledger. Kenna & Ledger have a kid, Scotty, whom they named.


What happens in Reminders of Him?

Kenna Rowan received a five-year prison term for manslaughter when she crashed her car while driving drunk, killing her passenger and lover Scotty.

Does Reminders of Him have a happy ending?

The book ends with Kenna and Ledger having a son, Scotty, years later.

Is reminders of him worth reading?

In my opinion, this is one of the finest Colleen Hoover books and one of the best romantic novels of 2022.

What is the age rating for the ends with us?

It has a recommended reading age rating of mature 17+.

About the Author-Colleen Hoover

Full NameColleen Hoover
Date of BirthDecember 11, 1979
Place of BirthSulphur Springs, Texas, USA
EducationTexas A&M University-Commerce (B.S. in Social Work)
GenreYoung Adult, New Adult, Romance, Women’s Fiction
Notable WorksSlammed” series, “Hopeless” series, “It Ends with Us“, “Verity
Twitter Handle@colleenhoover
Instagram Handle@colleenhoover

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