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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 16 April 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE MEMORY HOUSE by RACHEL HAUCK

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE MEMORY HOUSE by RACHEL HAUCK

 

                                                                            

THE BLURB

Embracing the future means remembering the past . . .

When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that either.

Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share.

Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.

 

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She is a Christy Award Winner and a double RITA finalist. Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Club. She is also the recipient of RT’s Career Achievement Award.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, and a former sorority girl, Rachel and her husband live in central Florida. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

Visit her at http://www.rachelhauck.com or http://www.facebook.com/rachelhauck

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

The best stories will get under your skin, and The Memory House surely got under mine.

I have come to adore stories with dual timelines, and Ms. Hauck has crafted one of the best I’ve read, weaving four main characters in two different eras into one single, page-turning story.

 

How often do we let our fear or our past hold us from our future?

How many times do we let criticism and harsh words—our own or those spoken to us and at us—cripple us?

How many times do we let our goals and plans—no matter how well-intended and altruistic—hinder us from being present in the now?

 

Each of the characters in this story, Everleigh and Don, Beck and Bruno, succumbed to criticisms and fears. Tragedy and disaster linked Everleigh and Beck across five decades. Determined to succeed, Don and Bruno both rose about their barriers, holding out a life line of love and holding fast till Everleigh and Beck are on solid ground.

The heartache in this story, the struggle to survive—and the will to thrive.

 

And the Memory House itself. Aside from this reviewer’s love of design and all things Victorian, the place was, in fact, magical, anointed even. A place of healing, for both Everleigh and Beck. A house of memories preserved, and memories restored.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

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