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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.
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5Deeply EmotionalJune 19, 2017MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the second book I have read by Catherine. I loved the first one and couldn't wait to read this one. She has a unique way of writing a book that is easy to read yet deeply emotional. This book is no exception.
Natalie is dealing with a lot of junk. She isn't too sure about God and I just kept wanting her to figure out that He is the one who can ultimately heal her of the wounds from her past.
Tanner sure wasn't very nice to her at first but I love how they got drawn together and then it was like the pull was undeniable, even though they both tried to deny it.
This book is just so rich and engaging, I didn't want to stop reading. If you are looking for something that will touch your heart this is a great one.
A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Bloggers program. All opinions are my own.
Anna MaeAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5The Memory of You by Catherine WestJune 16, 2017Anna MaeAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A very interesting tale of years of regret, guilt, loneliness, feelings of rejection, blaming God, and oh yes, a generous helping of romance woven in.
I've heard the word "PTSD" in reference to many Veterans returning home after deployment to dangerous areas who had experienced horrific things, like seeing friends dying or even being injured themselves and feeling responsible for various accidents and loss of life.
It gave me a better understanding of how PTSD sufferers resolve these erroneous thoughts and misconceptions and stop blaming themselves through turning to God, talking to friends, family, and talking to professional therapists. They realize that they are not to blame and it helps to get things out in the open.
This is a sweet story of believing and trusting God's faithfulness and love, people forgiving themselves and each other, loving one another and feeling God's peace.
I loved it. Thank you, Fiction Guild, for introducing me to another fine author.
RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Memory of YouJune 7, 2017RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Natalie Mitchell has faced tragedy no one should have to face, but she is trying to hold it together. During a business presentation, she starts to have flashbacks and is barely able to continue the presentation. Natalie's father, head of the corporation, won't settle for weakness.
Natalie's grandfather, who is handling the family's winery, Mailios, recently had a heart attack. Natalie's father thinks he can take care of two problems at once by sending her to care for her grandfather. He can get Natalie away from his business for a while and have her force the closure of the now unprofitable winery.
Tanner Collins, the vintner, is trying to recoup previous losses and put the winery back in the black. Natalie's unannounced and unwanted arrival appears to put his plans in peril.
The Memory of You deals with some of the very tough issues in the novel in a realistic way. However, (and I don't want to give a spoiler) there are similarities in Natalie and Tanner's lives that are just too closely related. I felt part of the story detracted from its entirety and could have been left out, or a different scenario could have been used to explain some circumstances. I also felt that Tanner never truly dealt with his issues, and although Natalie began to cope with hers, neither seemed ready for a healthy relationship. Yet they were dropped into one. I don't know if the implication was supposed to be they were "miraculously" restored to good mental health or whether, even though things were really bad, things weren't quite as bad as they appeared to be.
Miss West does a very good job of explaining information about the winery, making it come to life and helping the reader understand facts pertinent to its operations. Her understanding and descriptions of mental health issues are credible and authentic, but she wraps up the characters' struggles too quickly.
Catherine West has written an interesting story about a young woman with PTSD, a winery and a young man trying to deal with his own heartaches. Even though there were some shortcomings to the story, overall, I feel it was well written and inspirational.
I received a copy of The Memory of You from The Fiction Guild. However, I was under no obligation to provide a review.
Jennybug524 Stars Out Of 5The Memory of YouJune 2, 2017Jennybug52Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 54 stars- "The Memory of You" is an endearing story that tugs at the heartstrings. Catherine West does a great job creating characters that are genuine and likable. Natalie and Tanner are both imperfect, empathetic characters with big life struggles. I can also relate to Natalie's anxiety. Her books are not nail-biters, but rather slow and steady stories that draw you in and grab you with their depth and emotion. The characters are flawed and must rely on God and each other throughout the book. There are several emotional scenes that are masterfully written and thought provoking. I look forward to reading more of Catherine's books in the future.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Yvette K.5 Stars Out Of 5Secrets, Second Chances, and ForgivenessJune 1, 2017Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Catherine West knows how to take a story that, if taken at a surface level is just another "poor little rich girl finds some gumption and romance," and goes so much deeper and makes it so much more. She gets me invested in characters and their circumstances and makes my heart ache for their brokenness.
Natalie Mitchell has decided to give herself a second chance. She no longer allows herself to take a passive or care-taking role based on past choices and the presumptions and expectations of overbearing family members.
Tanner Collins is a bit like some Jane Austen heroes in that he comes off as being a bit of a jerk for quite a bit of the story. But he slowly becomes more sympathetic, and the scene where he sees his office after Natalie gets through with it? It had me both smiling and snickering.
Now, I thought I had my bearings with this story - faith issues, trust issues, grief, depression, complicated families - then chapter 13 started and threw me for a loop. A new character is introduced into a sub-plot that really left me wanting more. I do love it when secondary characters pop up and say "you'd love me and my story, too!"
The Memory of You is about secrets, second chances, and forgiveness. If you enjoy a well told tale that touches your heart, a bit of mystery and a sweet romance, or just really like stories of messy families set in California wine country, then this is an excellent choice. Highly recommended and I will anxiously wait for more from this author.
This review refers to a finished copy I voluntarily received from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.