of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5Beautifully written and emotionally invested!April 16, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"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.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5OutstandingApril 8, 2017IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Natalie lost her twin sister in an accident when they were thirteen, and shes been suffering the after-effects for the fifteen years since. Now shes forced to return to the scene of the accident, her grandfathers vineyard in California, where she reconnects with family and old friends.
And Natalie is disconnected. We see this early onshe's recently broken her engagement, she appears to have only one friend, and her relationship with her parents is distant, her relationship with her grandfather non-existent from having not seen him in fifteen years.
Natalie never knew what her mother was thinking, never knew how she felt. And couldn't imagine what it must be to live a life marked in half-finished sentences.
Her father would always find a flaw. Even her best was never good enough.
Its rare to read a Christian novel about mental illness.
There are quite a few about returning soldiers suffering from PTSD. Its even rarer to read a Christian novel where the heroines mental illness is treated with drugs. Its as though taking drugs to treat a mental illness is seen as a sign of weakness, even though most of us happily pop pills for a headache, or get the flu jab every year. And dont tell me physical pain is somehow different.
That painkiller isnt stopping your body from hurting. Its stopping your brain from telling you your body is hurting.
The Memory of You reunites two teenage almost-sweethearts fifteen years later. It's got the issues-driven emotional punch of other Catherine West titles I've read, but more of a focus on the developing relationship (aka romance) between Natalie and Tanner. It's a story of unearthing secrets, acknowledging truth, and finding reconciliation for both Natalie and Tanner.
It's a fascinating lesson in how wrong our assumptions can beand how that can mess with our relationships, with God and with family and friends.
Recommended. Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
SavannaAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A story of healing and graceApril 7, 2017SavannaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This story gives so much to its readers. It's one very emotional ride for the characters, but the lessons in grace and forgiveness are unmistakable. It didn't take long for me to be swept away to the lovely vineyards, where heritage and hard work are intertwined.
There is a lot of emotions for everyone to work through in this story. Natalie's journey is very difficult and my heart cried for her through her loss and struggle. I was gripped by every page to see if she'd overcome the past that haunts her.
Tanner's life has its heartache too, which had me in tears at times. I just wanted to give him a hug! Watching his story unfold around Natalie's was very well done. The sweet moments wrapped around the serious ones in a healthy balance. This book isn't what I would call lighthearted, but it still offers the light of truth and hope to its readers.
I also loved the homey feel that the winery brings to Natalie's story, along with her grandfather's presence. The secondary characters have full lives too and are facing their own uphill battles.
This author always manages to create a delicate balance of reality, while rewarding readers with a satisfying conclusion. I admire her strength in storytelling.
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required. All opinions are my own.
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent and authentic family dramaApril 4, 2017BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Set in Sonoma County California's wine country, this story explores love, loss, and second chances in a broken world of perfectly flawed families. The Memory of You is a beautiful illustration of forgiveness, surrender, and restoration.
This is a great family drama and it doesn't shy away from complex issues like psychological trauma and illness, drug abuse, and questions of faith. The story has excellent secondary characters, an engaging plot, and an encouraging theme.
I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through the author and NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Britney Adams5 Stars Out Of 5The Memory of YouApril 4, 2017Britney AdamsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I loved this story! Catherine West masterfully weaves dynamic family drama and subtle romance to create a complex and captivating tale. Set against the backdrop of California wine country, the picturesque descriptions awed me with their beauty. Natalie and Tanner are both plagued by guilt and regret, and I was drawn into their tumultuous emotional and spiritual journeys. The Memory of You is a wonderful story of hope and healing and a highly recommended read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.