An Unfinished Memory by Marie Johnston

In An Unfinished Memory, Marie Johnston holds nothing back and gives everything. As an avid reader of Johnston’s, I always look forward to her releases. She has outdone herself with this story. Sutton and Wilder are pure perfection, and have knocked King’s Queen off as my favorite novel of hers.

Sutton Knight is a woman that is tired of being last to everything in Wilder’s life. She loves him with everything she has, but has to make choices for herself. This story opens up with them eighteen months post divorce. (If you read the previous books, you knew it was in the works, but you don’t need to read those stories to get the full effect of this one.) Eighteen months, and neither one of them has truly moved on.

“You were supposed to be the last time I had to make small talk with a man I just met wondering if I found the guy I could be with forever. It was supposed to be you on the other side of the table at Rattler’s I could gush to about how amazing the food was. You, Wilder. You were supposed to be the first and last of everything in my love life. But you never put me first. Always last.”

Wilder is a man who lives for helping others, but as the story plays out, he begins to wonder just how he got to this point.

This story follows Wilder on his journey to see that what h thought he wanted, maybe isn’t quite what he needs. My heart broke over and over again as these two navigated life post-divorce, but also with real feeling still intact.

There are so many things about An Unfinished Memory that I could say, but it is truly a story that needs to be read first hand. Do not miss out on one of the most well developed and thought out books I have read in a VERY long time.

POV: Dual 1st Person
3rd Act Break-Up: No, in the sense they weren’t really together, but yes at the same time.
Tropes: Second Chance, Small Town, Exes with Benefits
Series: Oil Knights Book 3
Type of Series: Series of  Standalones
Rate: 5/5 Stars
Release Date: February 15, 2024
PoP: 9%

Read my thoughts on Alcott and Tova here: A Temporary Memory
Read my thoughts on Aggie and Ansen here: A Reckless Memory