Set 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.
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I 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!
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An Inspiring Story of Grace, Forgiveness, and Changed Lives
March 28, 2017
In the fictional novel, The Memory of You, the author, Catherine West, tells a realistic and painful story that would naturally lead to despair, if not for the gentle truths of Gods mercy, grace, forgiveness and unconditional love. There are no easy answers or last minute second chances for the characters in this story. They deal with raw emotions, real-life problems, fears, and insecurities. They make mistakes, doubt themselves, ask tough questions, and search desperately for meaning and hope that might be found within their heartbreak. But it is within that search for hope and meaning that this novel truly shines. The characters persevere. They carry on. They seek help when needed. They fight for redemption. They pursue forgiveness. And in so doing, they become an inspiration, and their story becomes one of encouragement. They show that even though life is hard, and tragedy can befall anyone, Gods grace and forgiveness are always available to make the process of healing and restoration possible.
I found The Memory of You to be a deeply moving and thoughtfully written novel that entertained and encouraged me through its skillful use of relatable characters, beautiful settings, meaningful themes, and excellent pacing. It is a thoroughly satisfying, authentic work of contemporary Christian fiction that I can wholeheartedly recommend to all readers.
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Catherine West did a phenomenal job in her latest novel, The Memory of You. This book is set in the wine country in California and involves complex characters who need healing, forgiveness, and redemption. They need a second chance. The characters are well developed and I was gripped into the story from the first page. I absolutely loved the heroine, Natalie. And felt her pain, as she was dealing with PTSD from an accident as a young girl. The hero, Tanner was a hard working uncle who had his own family issues. They were trying to save the winery, but end up saving themselves. There is a bit of a secondary romance with an older couple that I absolutely loved. They too needed a second chance at love and life. This book is a romantic book, but it's not only about the romance. There are complex issues. It's about real life. It's about finding forgiveness through Christ that only He can give. It's about loving others and loving themselves. It's about second chances. . I highly recommend this book as I do all of Mrs. West's books. She is an incredibly talented author.
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This book deals so well with the complexities of family, difficulties of life, relationship issues, and struggles that are quite personal. All of this with a huge measure of hope, unconditional love, and forgiveness. It isn't an easy read, and it isn't meant to be one. This book has so much reality in it...raw and ugly reality, yet it offers an escape and comfort to the suffering- in Christ and in the people He puts in your journey that are there to encourage and share burdens. There are no coincidences with God.
The characters feel so incredibly real, the several story lines are so easy to follow, and the ending wraps up beautifully.
" She found herself skimming through the Bible that Laura had given her. Pondering over words like "faith." "Grace." Mercy."
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