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#The Memory of You by Jamie Beck–Review–5 stars–#NetGalley

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The Memory of You is an engaging, emotional and well-written novel.

Twenty-nine-year-old, Steffi Lockwood is a businesswoman, driven, and independent. She owns a refurbishing company, with her close friend, Claire. Lately, Steffi has become irritated, over her friend’s nagging. Steffi admits that her dissociative episodes were puzzling and bothersome, but not enough, to see a specialist. Steffi has already checked with her neurologist and was satisfied with his findings. Claire disagreed and wanted her partner to seek a second opinion. Steffi refused to see any more doctors, and counseling was out of the question. Steffi would reconsider, however, when her stubbornness, put a little girl in danger.

Letting go of Ryan Quinn, was Steffi’s biggest regret in life. She left him ten years ago without saying a word. Ryan was devastated. He took up with a girl who was the complete opposite of Steffi. When Val, his rebound girlfriend, announced that she was pregnant, he married her.

While working on divorce negotiations, Ryan moved back into his mother’s house, taking his daughter, Emmy, with him. Ryan was livid when he found Steffi Lockwood with his mother. Steffi’s heart stopped when she saw the man, whom she has loved forever. Although she knew that she had no reason to expect forgiveness from Ryan, she desperately wanted it.

Life is never black and white. It’s messy, complicated and filled with hope, happiness, hurts, and disappointments. The Memory of You is a well-written, emotional book, about relationships, divorce, forgiveness, and love. I cared about the characters right from the start and was emotionally invested in their lives. I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next in the series.

Thank you Montlake Romance and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

National bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than one million copies. She is a Booksellers’ Best Award and National Readers’ Choice Award finalist, and her books have hit Heavy.com’s “Top 10 Romance Novels of 2015” and have been selected as a Woman’s World Book Club pick. Critics at Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist have respectively called her work “smart,” “uplifting,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family. 

Fans can learn more about her on the web (www.jamiebeck.com), which includes a fun extras page with photos, videos, and playlists. She also loves interacting with everyone on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks). And to enter my monthly birthday sweepstakes, join my newsletter at http://bit.ly/1V0d7Qi. NO SPAM–EVER.

*The Happiness In Between* by Grace Greene

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New Release from Grace Greene

Happiness In Between–This is an intriguing, thoughtful, and emotionally charged story. I loved it.

Thirty-year-old Sandra Hurst decided that she was done taking abuse from her husband. She needed to divorce the bully; for the second time.

Sandra’s self-esteem was at an all-time low. Her biggest heartache, though, after fleeing her husband, was not the loss of her marriage, but the cool reception that she received from her mother. Her mother made it abundantly clear to her that she was not going to help Sandra with her second divorce. Sandra was also upset when her mother told her that they were moving to Florida. Sandra understood her mother’s reasoning for wanting to move. Sandra’s father had Alzheimer’s disease, and her mother wanted him to enjoy Florida, while he still could. But, the fact, that Sandra wasn’t welcome to join them, hurt. She needed her mother now more than ever.

I didn’t care for Sandra’s mother. She seemed too cold and uncaring towards her daughter. But, in reality, she helped Sandra. Because, Sandra had to find a way, to succeed, she was forced out of the victim role, and as a result found happiness. Sandra gained confidence in herself and was able to not only stand up to her estranged husband, but she also began making positive plans for her future. Although tough love is always painful, it is often harder for the parent. True love does what’s best for another, not what’s easier.

This story kept me captivated from the beginning until the very end. It’s well-written, engrossing and definitely worth your time.

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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