Today on the blog I’m sharing the latest book I’ve gotten from the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild, Rachel Hauck’s The Memory House.
Now, if you’ve been following my blog for a little while, you’ve probably noticed that I don’t really like split-time novels, where there is at least two but sometimes three timelines within one novel. This usually also means that there are two or three sets of characters to keep up with within one novel. The Memory House follows this pattern. It receives rave reviews from people who likes split-time novels, so please don’t let my dislike of them sway you from reading it! 🙂 I can usually make it three chapters or so before I begin to be confused, but I couldn’t make it three pages into this. I really enjoyed Hauck’s Royal Weddings series (I think that was the name of it), but I haven’t enjoyed her latest releases as much.
But all that aside, if you do like split-time novels, here’s the summary for this one:
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes the story of two women whose lives have been destroyed by disaster but find healing in a special house.
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.
“Hauck is a master at weaving together plots from multiple time periods.” —Library Journal
“Accomplished Hauck demonstrates genre finesse as she blends inspirational romance with a cinematic style of storytelling, bringing empathic characters to life as they cope with grief in marriage and faithfulness, parenthood and adoption, death and tragedy. Challenging decisions, the blessing of finding love again, and the solace of a beautiful Victorian home all come together in this spellbinding, lovely novel.” —Booklist
Thank you to the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
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