Book Review: The Memory of You by Catherine West




"The house now soothed and scared her. Bade her welcome like an 
old friend, but held a warning like a long forgotten journal, tattered pages filled with too much pain." (15)


Title:  The Memory of You
Author: Catherine West
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Release Date:  March 28, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction



Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?

When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.

And Natalie never says no to her father.

Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.

But finding freedom from the past means facing it. 



What memories do you have that when taken hold, will do all sort of things in your heart and mind? The Memory of You by Catherine West does just that. Bringing a story of regrets past, it stirs up more than hurt in the characters' mind, but also the sweet memories. Maybe for the readers too. 


Heartbreaking yet filled with grace, the author has a way in handling the most difficult subjects, that is every bit a reality as it is in fiction. Can you relate to Tanner or Natalie? What about their families that either are with them each step or not at all cognizant of what is going on? Sometimes the regrets, the memories, the hurt may not reveal itself on the surface, detrimental to any type of relationship, and even eventually one's daily life. Healing may take more than time, but allowing change, allowing memories to not be forgotten but embraced, and ultimately allowing God's grace to work it all together.  My heart  took a turn with this story. It stayed with me for more days than typical, as my heart and mind reserve the reaction to a select few only, and The Memory of You is one. It's not only the story of The Memory of You, but what the story evoked in me.


Beautifully written, intrinsically ingrained with love, faith and grace, and the slow-burn of romance through time that makes The Memory of You worth a place in your shelves and in your memory. 

"Funny how one smile from her could reach right through him and turn on the lights, even on the darkest of days" (270)

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Catherine West is an award-winning author who writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. Her first novel, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, released in 2011 and won the INSPY for Romance, a Silver Medal in the Reader’s Favorite Awards, and was a finalist in the Grace Awards. Catherine’s second novel, Hidden in the Heart, released in September 2012, was long listed in the 2012 INSPY’s and was a finalist in the 2013 Grace Awards.

When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, and is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com 


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5 comments:

  1. A beautiful review of a beautiful book (and beautiful quotes as well!).

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    1. Thank you, Iola. I appreciate it. This was a beautiful book indeed, inside and outside.

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  2. Love this!!!! I'm excited to read TMOY!

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  3. I really enjoyed this book! The setting was amazing....

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