1. The Memory of You
    The Memory of You
    Catherine West
    Thomas Nelson / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Catherine West writes with such emotion and passion
    May 18, 2017
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 this book free from BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson Publishing.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartfelt
    May 13, 2017
    Cynthia
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Memory of You is a great book!
    May 10, 2017
    Stephie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  4. East Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read!
    April 25, 2017
    Tammy G.
    East Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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 great read!

    *This book was provided by the Fiction Guild*
  5. Rib Lake, WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Touching Story of Moving On - My Review of The Memory of You
    April 18, 2017
    Emily
    Rib Lake, WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    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.

    My conclusion:

    Overall, I was a fan of this book.

    I give The Memory of You 4 out of 5 stars.

    I received this book free to review from BookLook Bloggers. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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