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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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I enjoyed the story line very much. It was interesting to learn more about PTSD and the effects it has on people's lives. I was pleased to see the main characters turn to God to help them deal with their trauma and to turn away from prescription drugs. This was my first book by this author and look forward to reading more by her.
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.
Teetering on the edge of an emotional breakdown, public relations manager Natalie Mitchell takes a leave of absence from a successful position in her father's New York enterprise and travels across the country to her grandfather's California estate. Having learned of Hal Mitchell's recent heart attack, Natalie's father pressures her as the majority share holder in the Maolios winery, to use her bargaining power as a means to close down the fledgling family business, once and for all. Arriving back on the property where she was once the happiest, before she became the saddest; Natalie is not even sure that she is capable of pushing beyond the suffocating memories that surround her there; for part of her died on that fateful evening, when an horrific accident took the life of a most beloved sister.
Vintner Tanner Collins is not at all pleased to see the New York granddaughter anywhere near Maolios, in fact he is incensed that she would even consider shutting down the renowned winery before listening to some of his ideas for revitalization. There was a day when Tanner considered Natalie Mitchell to be his best friend, but the elegant, hollow-eyed woman standing before him now is barely a shadow of his childhood acquaintance. What in the world has happened to Natalie?
As Natalie and Tanner slowly warm through their initial impressions, it becomes apparent that they have much more in common than either of them could ever have imagined. Guilt is a painful adversary for which grace and forgiveness are the only possible antidotes.
Catherine West has not only written a lovely romance, but she has managed to weave gutsy, realistic scenarios into every aspect of this story, allowing her readers to fight valiantly alongside her characters, who are desperate for freedom from the bondage of their pasts. I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this book from the author; the opinions that I have stated are entirely my own.
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