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The Memory of You Paperback – March 28, 2017
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“West is masterful at creating true-to-life family drama that all readers can identify with. Multidimensional characters have realistic struggles that resonate, especially when it comes to facing the past and learning to move forward.” (RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars and TOP PICK)
'West (The Things We Knew, 2016) tells the engaging story of a young woman eager to find her place in the world. With endearing characters and idyllic scenery, this is a satisfying story of life and love lost and won.' (BookList)
“In this inspiring, emotionally astute story, West does an exquisite job depicting the complexity and messiness of overcoming trauma.” (Publishers Weekly STARRED review)
About the Author
Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children. Visit her online at catherinejwest.com, Facebook: CatherineJWest, and Twitter: @cathwest.
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It's the story of Natalie Mitchell, a young woman tortured by memories of the car accident where her twin died.
After another shocking event, she finds herself going through panic attacks and her PTSD is kicked into high gear. Her father (whom she works for in his huge corporation) sends her away to the family vineyard. His motive isn't pure; he wants her to sell the vineyard because it's not making (enough) money.
Once Natalie arrives at the vineyard, she is overwhelmed with memories because the car accident occurred there. Memories of her twin (Nicole) are haunting her badly.
Her grandfather, Hal, is glad to see her, even though he knows why his son sent Nicole to the vineyard.
I won't give out any spoilers; you have to read and enjoy the book on your own.
There are a lot of characters in need of forgiveness and healing. The book is heartbreaking because the author created characters you really get to know and care about.
The act of forgiving yourself and allowing yourself to heal applies to so many of us in our lives. I truly enjoyed this novel. I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy inspirational fiction.
Natalie is a very interesting character and I instantly liked her. She has come to the family's winery to hopefully save it. Her grandfather has fallen ill and Natalie wants to make sure he is ok. As she sees the winery , memories rush back to her. There was a great loss in the family years ago and Natalie is still haunted by it. Can she face her nightmares and find peace and pick up the pieces of her shattered life? She has her hands full trying to keep on top of all the daily chores of running the winery. Her grandfather is thankful to see Natalie and hopefully with her help, the family business can be profitable again.
Tanner has been running the winery and when he discovers that Natalie is there, he is not sure if he should be happy to see her or start looking for another job. I loved how the author described how wine is made and how detailed she was . I could smell the wine as it was being processed and envisioned the delicate taste as the wine poured slowly into a glass. It is not easy running the place, but Tanner is hopeful that Natalie has an open mind. Tanner has some personal issues he needs to face and it is getting harder for him to ignore it.
When Natalie has a problem while driving one evening, she turns to Tanner to help her. It is hard for Natalie to explain why she had to pull over on the road. When she tells Tanner that she has PTSD, I felt his heart soften a bit. She is not the same person he use to know and wants to help her get past her bad memories. Is Natalie ready to face the past ?
I loved the relationship between Natalie and her grandfather. She came to take care of him, but he wants to help her with her past. His sincere compassion for her is heartwarming and I have to say I had tears in my eyes. The love he has for his granddaughter is beautiful and makes me miss my own grandfather. Natalie and Tanner are both struggling with their faith. They each must find a way back to God, learn to forgive and let go of the past. Will they be able to do it? Will Natalie close the family business? As I turned each page, I could feel the turmoil and pain the characters were going through. This book is one I will never forget. It showed me how to let go of my past, trust again, forgive myself and soak in His presence .
'And forgiveness fell like sweet rain upon the thirsty ground of her soul."
I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.
And Natalie is disconnected. We see this early on—she'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.
It’s rare to read a Christian novel about mental illness.
There are quite a few about returning soldiers suffering from PTSD. It’s even rarer to read a Christian novel where the heroine’s mental illness is treated with drugs. It’s 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 don’t tell me physical pain is somehow different.
That painkiller isn’t stopping your body from hurting. It’s 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 be—and 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.
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