I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not required or compensated for a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. This was a wonderful book about a young woman who has to deal with a family secret of her own, plus have pressure from her father since her twin sister's death. She is sent to CA to see what was going on with her grandfather who had suffered a heart attack and this would be the first time her grandmother passed that she has been back to the winery. But she also has to deal with the death of sister on the grounds. They were only 13. But she has been keeping a little secret which has caused her many problems. She runs into a man whom she liked at 13 but her sister made a go at him also. She always felt inferior to her twin. But she has to come to grip with a lot and bring her family back together.
I really enjoyed the book The Memory of You. It is the first book that I have read by Catherine West. Natalie is asked to come to the family winery for the first time since her sister died 13 years ago.
I really liked the main character Natalie. She is still dealing with the death of her sister. Natalie is a very relatable character as she is real and authentic. Most people can relate to her missing a loved one who has passed away and continuing to live your life without them.
I love how the author deals with tough issues in life like death and loss. She does it with such authenticity and hope. Also, the author did a really great job of helping me picture the beautiful scenery of a family owned winery. With her detailed words I felt like I was right there in the book. I highly recommend this book!
*I received this book for free from the publisher. No positive review was required. My opinion is my own.
Catherine West is a brand new to me author. After reading the back of the book I wasn't sure I wanted to read the novel. Simply because Natalie's twin dies. I just didn't want a sad story.
But, lo and behold, curiosity got the best of me and I cracked the cover. And began reading the first page. That's where the author got me...hook, line and sinker.
As I began reading about Natalie I felt her pain but, yet, I couldn't understand her need to not go back home. Family is all you have so it seemed to me that Natalie was being somewhat selfish in fleeing from her family. When someone dies, especially a child, everyone in the family feels the pain.
Anyway, this turned out not to be sad a story. In fact, it was fairly modern and moved along well.
The crux of the story seems to be Natalie letting go and finding peace in the death of her twin. Also, she comes to grip with life "issues."
A Touching Story of Moving On - My Review of The Memory of You
April 18, 2017
Rib Lake, WI
Published by: Thomas Nelson
By: Catherine West
I love reading all kinds of fiction, and I was excited to have the chance to read and review The Memory of You.
This book tells the story of a young woman who is having a hard time moving on from a mistake that she made as a teen and the loss that she suffered because of that. It is a story of a man who is dealing with a lot in his life, including pain from his past. It is a story of moving on from the past.
Who the book is for:
This book is great for anyone who likes a touching story focused on family and love.
What I liked:
The characters in this book are very interesting and I felt like I really had the chance to get to know them.
The story is interesting and it kept my attention.
I really liked the way that this story is focused on family. I enjoyed reading about the relationships between adult children and their parents/grandparents.
This is an emotional read.
What I didnt like:
There is a part of the story that runs through the whole book that just goes against my beliefs. I won't share it because of the spoiler that it is, but I really wish that the story could have been written without that controversial issue being included.
Overall, I was a fan of this book.
I give The Memory of You 4 out of 5 stars.
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"The house now soothed and scared her. Bade her welcome like an old friend, but held a warning like a long forgotten journal, tattered pages filled with too much pain." (15)
What memories do you have that when taken hold, will do all sort of things in your heart and mind? The Memory of You by Catherine West does just that. Bringing a story of regrets past, it stirs up more than hurt in the characters' mind, but also the sweet memories. Maybe for the readers too.
Heartbreaking yet filled with grace, the author has a way in handling the most difficult subjects, that is every bit a reality as it is in fiction. Can you relate to Tanner or Natalie? What about their families that either are with them each step or not at all cognizant of what is going on? Sometimes the regrets, the memories, the hurt may not reveal itself on the surface, detrimental to any type of relationship, and even eventually one's daily life. Healing may take more than time, but allowing change, allowing memories to not be forgotten but embraced, and ultimately allowing God's grace to work it all together. My heart took a turn with this story. It stayed with me for more days than typical, as my heart and mind reserve the reaction to a select few only, and The Memory of You is one. It's not only the story of The Memory of You, but what the story evoked in me.
Beautifully written, intrinsically ingrained with love, faith and grace, and the slow-burn of romance through time that makes The Memory of You worth a place in your shelves and in your memory.
"Funny how one smile from her could reach right through him and turn on the lights, even on the darkest of days" (270)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.