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joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5GOD will always remember youMarch 23, 2017joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Memory of you is a story of calm in CHRIST, guilt, redemption, pain, reconnection, love, secrets, facing the past and making peace with it and reconciliation. Natalie has bad memories of her families vineyard and her time there - thirteen years ago her twin sister Nicole died. She thinks it/s time to go back, maybe find peace, but her friend and crush Tanner was there and he kind of figured out the true reason why her father sent her there - he sent her there to............nah I can't tell you that - it will spoil it for you - you have to get the book - it is awesome - the two start off fighting, then then the sparks fly, so what will Natalie do now? you have to get the book to find out what....The book is dynamic with deceit, elaborate details of each storyline, abundant in emotions, creative in how they thought her nightmares would stop just by going back to the vineyard and facing the monster as it were, and redemption. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
SaraBermudaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Delightful story of loss and redemptionMarch 11, 2017SaraBermudaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Natalie Mitchell has been running from the guilt of her past, ever since she was 13 years old, desperately trying to cling to a semblance of normalcy - at least the kind of normal her father wants. But when her grandfather has a heart attack, and her father decides its time to shut down the family's winery in Sonoma, she gets sent off to do her dad's dirty work. Unfortunately, her father never thought she, as the majority shareholder, would stand up to him - in fact, neither did she.
As she arrives in Sonoma, the magic of Maoilios begins to heal her broken spirit, all while reuniting her with her childhood friend (and first love), Tanner Collins. Tanner is also facing his own regrets, all while fighting Natalie as he is certain that she will shut down the winery that he now runs on behalf of her grandfather. The spark that started when they were teens fans into the flames of a true and complete love that brings both of them, and their loved ones, a healing found from above.
Catherine West beautifully and vividly brings the tale of loss and redemption alive in a fashion that draws the reader in. It is real and raw, yet has you wishing and hoping for the happily-ever-after ending that Natalie and Tanner so deeply need, want and deserve. She does not disappoint! Definitely one of West's best!
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Grace TriumphsMarch 8, 2017MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was a captivating read that was everything I expected it to be - and more! Once again, family secrets have a way of harming the very people we think they'll protect. Can years of damage and estrangement be undone?
Cathy West has a knack for weaving riveting stories about broken people. In this book, both main characters feel responsible for a loved, but difficult, sister's death. They both also struggle under the weight of feeling unloved by their fathers. At first, their guilt and grief and more than a decade of being out of touch threaten their old friendship. But mutual concern over a struggling vineyard and love for the man who founded it give them ample time and opportunity to be thrown together. Slowly, cautiously, Natalie and Tanner open their wounded hearts to each other and find that truth is a healing (if painful) balm. They learn to forgive themselves and others as they seek forgiveness from the God they have neglected.
I loved the supporting characters in this book, too. For instance, Tanner's mom, Sarah, seems at first to be the perfect single mom - capable, energetic, going above-and-beyond for everyone. But as the story unfolds, we learn of her pain and some of the choices and mistakes and sacrifices it led to. It only made me love her more, and cheer for her own happy ending.
This book is well paced and realistic- full of details that make everything from PTSD to California's wine country come to life. Some passages brought tears to my eyes, while others had me reaching for a pencil to underline some pithy sentence like "He couldn't afford to give away a piece of his heart when there was so little left of it in the first place." Delicious!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review.
BookwormMama14Age: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Wonderful Story with a Powerful Message!March 6, 2017BookwormMama14Age: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Set in the heart of California wine country, The Memory of You will pull on your heart and emotions. Facing the secrets of the past, Natalie and Tanner must overcome so much if they ever want to be free from the guilt and the pain that they have endured.
Natalie Mitchell has spent the last 13 years traumatized with guilt and PTSD. Tanner has to live with the consequences of decisions he has made. Both are vulnerable, both are guarded, they don't want to open up and let someone in. They have even shut God out. As they journey along the path of forgiveness, acceptance, and reconciliation with both their heavenly father and their earthly fathers, we see their souls barred open. We see into the depths of their hearts and feel the agony and the pain that they have had to overcome. Watching the romance blossom and grow in this story made my heart all a flutter. Catherine approached it in a very tender and sincere way.
I know that Natalie and Tanner are fictional characters, however, their experiences can be very real. I myself have anxiety and panic attacks (for completely different reasons than Natalie). We can't walk this path alone. Trying to be strong and just push on for another day, isn't the only solution out there. Find someone, whether it be a relative, a friend, a therapist...to reach out to. Open your heart to God, allow his forgiveness and his GRACE to flood you, for HE will bring you new life. His grace is enough.
I pray that as you read this powerful story, that the words would resignate in your heart. That it would give you hope, that you would know you are not alone and that your heavenly Father is watching over you and guiding you to safety.
The Memory of You is a stand alone novel.
I received a complimentary copy of The Memory of You from the publishers, Thomas Nelson. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5lots of family dynamicsFebruary 27, 2017tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is Catherine West's best one yet! I loved the family dynamics, the issues, the conflict, because these characters were real. They faced problems that anyone in real life might. Family secrets damaged relationships. Guilt and hurt plagued the main characters.
The grandfather owned a vineyard and winery. He had hoped his two sons would stay and help him run it but they went their own ways. Natalie, his granddaughter lost her twin sister in an accident when they were only thirteen. It happened at the vineyard. She deals with that trauma daily and even at night with nightmares. Tanner works for the grandfather and has his own issues. His sister is on life support and he's taking care of her two children. Prognosis for her is grim and Tanner feels the guilt.
This whole family was messed up but working together with God's amazing grace, they begin slowly to try and work out all their issues.
It was an enjoyable read in that I felt like I was right in the middle of their lives. One character had an issue with bipolar, which I've experienced in my own family. Natalie suffered with PTSD and had been seeking professional help for years off and on. The story was so engaging that it was hard for me to put it down and I read it very quickly.
I received this book for free and was not required to write a review, positive of otherwise.