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Patricia Bradley Uncategorized 16 Comments

This week has been so busy that I haven’t had time to read a new book. I’ve started one–Dean Koontz’s Intensity, but I only read at night and it is so intense that I can’t sleep once I finish reading. I don’t usually read General market books, but I read an excerpt that was so well written, that I’m reading it as a craft book. 
Now on to this week’s book review: 
I read The Memory of You earlier this year and absolutely could not put it down until I finished it. Here’s the back cover blurb:

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 shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. He knows Natalie intends to close the gates, and he’s determined to 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. For both of them.

I didn’t intend to read but a couple of chapters of Catherine West’s book, The Memory of You, and ended up reading until past 3 a.m. West captured Natalie’s survivor’s guilt perfectly. And Tanner dealt with heavy duty pain with his sister and her children. Loved the romance that developed between the two. And I want to go live in Sonoma!

Leave a comment telling me what you’re reading this week and I’ll enter you in a drawing for a book in my library.
The winner of September’s drawing is: Susanne!

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  1. Paula

    I’m reading The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron. It’s heartrending at times but the present day story is intriguing.

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  2. Gloria

    I am reading The House On Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright. I read The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips earlier. You take care with Nate heading to the Gulf Coast, Pat. Looks like we are in Tropical Storm watch so we are cancelling our trip to Tallahassee for the game.

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  3. Jackie Smith

    I loved CW book Memory of You, too! I just finished Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander……what a fantastic book!!

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  4. Delores Topliff

    I’m very much enjoying Lori Benton’s newest release, Many Sparrows. Except I leave to head south tomorrow so had to return to this library before I finish rdg. Will find it in Corinth library, or buy soon.

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  5. Edward Arrington

    I just finished Shelley Shepard Gray’s Love Held Captive early this morning. Now it’s time to write a review. With a lot of other things going on right now, I haven’t decided what to read next.

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  6. Trixi

    I have heard much about this book! Every review I’ve read is in the positive as in, you-must-read-this-now kind of thing! So it’s going on my ever-growing TBR pile 🙂

    This week has been a bit slower for me too. I’ve read more “for fun” books than review; here’s my list: read/reviewed Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey (next one in July, oh my!), read/reviewed The Christmas Child by Darlene Franklin (76 pages), and am now working my way through These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart (my for-fun book). I’m at my sister-in-laws for the week but I did bring two LIH books to read; Gabrielle Meyer’s December release “The Gift of Twins” and Keli Gwyn’s November release “Their Mistletoe Matchmakers”. This is her last contracted one since Love Inspired is closing the line in 2018. So it’s a lot bittersweet to say the least 🙁

    Now how much reading will I really get done on vacation….well see, lol! I plan on some major sister time!!

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      Patricia Bradley

      Trixi, I know what you mean about sister-time! My sister is here this weekend and I’m having a hard time getting anything done workwise. 🙂 Like you I hate to see LIH closing down! I’m hoping they will see their mistake and open it back up. 🙂

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