THE MEMORY OF YOU by Catherine West Published by Thomas Nelson
Natalie head of PR in her father's company; parents worried, since the break up of her engagement. Yet, nightmares began when a twin died, at age 13. Going back to vineyard, to close it down, brought the guilt, for having survived. Was there any good memories when there before. Grandfather wasn't in as bad of health as her parents led her to believe, what was behind their motive. A crush she had on Tanner, was now working in vineyards. He doesn't recognize any of the old Natalie. A good plot of healing, that was long overdue for Natalie. Good story, that is enjoyable as all of Catherine's books are. Given ARC by Thomas Nelson for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Ill be honest I put off reading this book because the cover just did not excite me. Not even a little. (Im a people on the cover person.) I also had never read a book by Catherine West and didnt know what I was in for. Now that I have read the book, Im chagrined to say that I wish Id ignored the cover art and picked it up earlier, because it was such a good read! Wests characters are realistic and flawed, and her story line, while not jarring, was not predictable. I truly enjoyed being on Tanner and Natalies journey and am glad I was able to read it.
Book was provided to me by The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.
Catherine West writes with such emotion and passion
May 18, 2017
Catherine West has quickly become one of my favorite authors. She writes with such emotion that it is easy to connect to the characters, forgetting that these are made-up people. It truly is like she is sharing someone's story. In The Memory of You, she does a great job at taking sorrow and loss and shows readers the bigger picture. She reminds her readers that reconciliation is possible. It's not easy, but possible. There was such truth in these pages that her readers are guaranteed to feel a little prick in their hearts about how they might need to rethink something in their own life. I love when fiction books do that to me.
Natalie is challenged to let her past go, which is easier said than done when it's your sister's death and your involvement that you're having to let go. She is learning that holding in secrets is traumatizing and slowly sucks the life from her. Tanner is learning the same thing in his own life. But the fear of being hurt again or of loving and losing is great for these two. They have to decide whether it is worth it or not. Tanner has made his living working in the vineyards at Maoilios and loves it there. He can't imagine working anywhere else, but he might have to if Natalie's father gets his way. And let's be honest, he has enough money and power to always get his way. He needs someone to stand up to him and take on a fight, but is Natalie strong enough to do it alone in the midst of her own problems?
I love that PTSD is brought up in a non-condemning way. So often it is equated with just military personnel, but it can affect anyone. I was glad to see it brought up in this book, and honestly wasn't expecting it.\
I cannot wait for another book to be written and released from Catherine West! Hopefully I don't have to wait too long!
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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.