Catherine West has quickly become one of my favorite authors. She writes with such emotion that it is easy to connect to the characters, forgetting that these are made-up people. It truly is like she is sharing someone’s story. In The Memory of You, she does a great job at taking sorrow and loss and shows readers the bigger picture. She reminds her readers that reconciliation is possible. It’s not easy, but possible. There was such truth in these pages that her readers are guaranteed to feel a little prick in their hearts about how they might need to rethink something in their own life. I love when fiction books do that to me.
Natalie is challenged to let her past go, which is easier said than done when it’s your sister’s death and your involvement that you’re having to let go. She is learning that holding in secrets is traumatizing and slowly sucks the life from her. Tanner is learning the same thing in his own life. But the fear of being hurt again or of loving and losing is great for these two. They have to decide whether it is worth it or not. Tanner has made his living working in the vineyards at Maoilios and loves it there. He can’t imagine working anywhere else, but he might have to if Natalie’s father gets his way. And let’s be honest, he has enough money and power to always get his way. He needs someone to stand up to him and take on a fight, but is Natalie strong enough to do it alone in the midst of her own problems?
I love that PTSD is brought up in a non-condemning way. So often it is equated with just military personnel, but it can affect anyone. I was glad to see it brought up in this book, and honestly wasn’t expecting it.\
I cannot wait for another book to be written and released from Catherine West! Hopefully I don’t have to wait too long!
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