of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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.
Lights in a Dark WorldGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful, well-written. Must Read!June 1, 2017Lights in a Dark WorldGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After thirteen years, Natalie Mitchell is faced with going back to the place where her sister's tragic death happened, a place she's avoided since. She is forced to face her past as her father instructs her to check on the status of her grandfather's winery and possibly shut it down. When she arrives, her childhood friend, Tanner Collins, is anything but happy to see her. As they are forced to work together, they find they both have secrets in their pasts. Will she be able to face her past and move on with her life, or will it haunt her forever? Will she be able to save the winery or will she blindly obey her father's wishes as she's always done?
Beautifully written, you will not want to put this book down. I loved this book, I loved how the characters were flawed and very well developed. Their struggles are struggles that many peoplecan relate to. I love how West shows how they learn to trust God as they work through their problems. To trust that God makes no mistakes and He has a plan in everything, no matter how horrible it looks to us. I highly recommend this book, go grab yours today!
**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review through the Fiction Guild program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Ellen/oceansideS D CAAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5THE MEMORY OF YOUMay 26, 2017Ellen/oceansideS D CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4THE 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.
SnowflakesGeorgiaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Don't Judge This Book By Its Cover! :-)May 25, 2017SnowflakesGeorgiaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Memory of You by Catherine West
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.