Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is our self.
A moving family drama set mainly in the beautiful California wine country of Sonoma. This compelling story has some genuinely struggling characters dealing with tough issues like PTSD, mental illness, bitterness, grief, and abandonment. As they seek answers to pertinent questions of faith, like how a loving God can allow bad things to happen, and come to grips with their past mistakes, their story moves on with a lot of hope and peace.
Some second chance romances add a tender side to the story. I was reminded of the verses in 2nd Corinthians 1 about how we are able to comfort others when we have gone through similar trials. Tanner and Natalie especially demonstrate this, though they start out quite at odds with each other. Their relationship is interesting as they find similarities in their struggles of faith and family difficulties, encouraging and helping each other to overcome.
Recommend to readers who enjoy Christian contemporary novels dealing with family issues, plus some romance.
(An e-copy was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
Catherine West's A Memory of You is an outstanding read that will leave a lasting impression. Set in contemporary California's wine country, this book is filled with complex characters, depth of message, and a riveting plot that will keep you intrigued until the end.
As I consider this book as a whole, I must say that I greatly appreciate West's willingness to delve into the tough issues of life. Sugar coating painful issues is not her style. Within the pages of this story, we see families struggling through very real issues of identity, forgiveness, belonging, and grace. We also see the power of love and redemption, though certainly not easy to come by. West holds great skill in weaving these themes through intensely flawed but relatable characters. In this story, I was not only reading about a set of imaginary people, I was reading about myself.
I highly recommend West's books - this one and all her previous works. She gets inside your head and heart through her exceptional storytelling ability.
Where do I begin....as in typical Catherine West style, she paints a beautiful portrait with her words. This book is so descriptive that you can imagine the grapes on the vines and smell the pungent aroma of the winery. Natalie is dealing with PTSD and you can feel her fear and pain throughout. This is a book of finding your Faith, forgiveness of yourself and others, family dynamics, hope, and secrets. Secrets that are so deep that after being brought to light, bring forgiveness and restoration. Be prepared to stay up late as this is a page turner that you don't want to put down. I Highly recommend this Contemporary Christian Fiction Novel.
I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.