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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
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Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?
When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, shes forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. Shes avoided her grandparents sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister diedthe awful summer Natalies nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalies father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.
And Natalie never says no to her father.
Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell familys winery back in business. When Natalie shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. He knows Natalie intends to close the gates, and he's determined to convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and hes not so sure he likes the woman shes become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.
But finding freedom from the past means facing it. For both of them.
Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children. Visit her online at CatherineJWest.com, Facebook: CatherineJWest, and Twitter: @CathWest.
'West (The Things We Knew, 2016) tells the engaging story of a young woman eager to find her place in the world. With endearing characters and idyllic scenery, this is a satisfying story of life and love lost and won.'
In this inspiring, emotionally astute story, West does an exquisite job depicting the complexity and messiness of overcoming trauma.
Kym2 Stars Out Of 5The past never stays hiddenJanuary 7, 2018KymQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 2Thirteen years ago Natalies life crumbled when her twin sister died. As soon as she could, Natalie left home and all its heartache behind. Or so she thought. When another family emergency strikes, she returns home. Her goal- check on her ill grandfather and shut down the family winery. Once Natalie is back home, however, the past comes back and she must finally face it.
I enjoyed this story, but not as much as I was hoping I would. The writing itself was done very well and the characters were relatable. The actual story, unfortunately, seemed lacking. It did not provide the punch it set me up for, which disappointed me. Perhaps her next book will be better.
*I received this book free from Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for my review. All thoughts I have shared are entirely my own.*
MJSHNJAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5fantastic contemporary romanceNovember 10, 2017MJSHNJAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the first book I've read from Catherine West. She definitely has a new fan and follower of her writing. This is probably the best contemporary romance book I've read this year.
From the beginning to the end of the book, it was beautifully written. The author has a style of writing that is fluid, coherent, descriptive, emotional, and vivid. I felt like I was in California among the grapes in the vineyard as the story unfolded.
The pathway to accepting God's gift of grace, mercy, and love for all the main characters was incredibly real and well-placed. The forgiveness and grace the characters learn to show each other was extremely poignant and heart-warming. The brokenness of each character in his/her life journey was heart-rending but the healing that each experienced was so gratifying.
I really liked that though it was in third-person narrative, the thoughts and feelings of Natalie, Tanner, and Jeffrey were so deeply woven into the writing that it almost felt like the characters themselves were speaking in the pages. All the characters had major flaws and faults, which made them very real. Even such difficult topics like bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorder, and PTSD were addressed through the characters and their struggles.
I'll definitely be reading her other books, especially The Things We Knew, which comes highly recommended.
I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to give a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Memory of YouNovember 6, 2017MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Memory of You deals with some pretty intense subjects: PTSD, guilt from the past, mental illness, faith struggles, and dysfunction in families. Throughout, there is the theme of grace and forgiveness. There is also romance. If you are looking for a novel with some substance, The Memory of You is a good one to read. This was my first time reading Catherine West's work, but I doubt it will be the last.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Stunning!August 24, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0The kind of story that begs to be read aloud because it is so beautifully written. Exquisite both in prose and depth.
West explores the realistic lives of characters caught up in the midst of dysfunctional families. And yet it isn't hopeless. It's angst-riddled and heart-wrenching in places for sure, but there's a strength and power in Natalie and Tanner's ability to overcome. Their struggles mirror our own. They discover truths that we must all come to understand -- like life is messy and that's okay. God isn't waiting for us to be perfect before we come to him. That secrets hold power only if we let them. And facing the past is hard but trying to ignore it is harder still.
Natalie and Tanner are both dealing with some difficult issues and the last thing they need is romantic feelings to stir things up even more. Tanner in particular is pretty dead set against having anything to do with Natalie. But despite the constant surliness and his penchant to sulk, there is something very appealing about this self-made man who honors his family by trying to take on all their burdens. He's quick to make assumptions where Natalie is concerned and she's not shy about lashing back. Their scenes are charged with undercurrents of passion that stirs them into reacting in unexpected ways. A real roller-coaster of a romance, but realistically so. And with a sweet ache of tenderness that turned me to mush.
Richly layered secondary stories make this a feast of a read. Decadent and delicious and impossible to resist. The Memory of You is the kind of novel that lives in your heart long after you've finished the last page. A celebration of life and love and finding yourself through the mercy of God's everlasting grace.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Just plain good fictionAugust 15, 2017Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Memory of You
By Catherine West
For 13 years Natalie Mitchell has been living with the memory of her sister's death and trying to be what Nicole would have been. But Natalie isn't Nicole, she knows she can never become close to being the outgoing people person her twin sister was. And worse Natalie knows that she is a disappointment to her parents. On the brink of another breakdown, Natalie agrees to go to California, to her grandfather's home in the heart of Sonoma's wine country.
Her father has demanded that Natalie start proceedings to shut down Maoilios, the winery that her grandparents started. But returning to Maoilios may be the escape Natalie needs to recover and face her past.
But Tanner Collins is determined to send Natalie back to New York as soon as possible. He knows she's there at her father's bidding to shut down Maoilios and destroy everything he has worked for. But Hal Mitchell has faith in his granddaughter and knows that if Natalie is given the chance that she'll fight for Maoilios and her family's legacy if only he can convince Tanner to trust Natalie.
Tanner has his own issues revolving around his family and his guilt and as a result, he is an all around grump who is anything but helpful to Natalie's already fragile mental state. But when Natalie finds herself in need of help Tanner is the only one to whom she can turn.
Can working together help Tanner and Natalie heal from the wounds of the past that have left a mark on their hearts?
The Memory of You is a moving and touching story that explores the value of family and the power of secrets and guilt upon the heart and mind. I really liked Natalie from the first chapter. Tanner really needed a good shake with his major attitude - it might have knocked the chip he was carrying around on his shoulder off. It was interesting to see how each character reacted differently to a situation and how it shaped them and their future responses.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the Fiction Guild with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.