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.
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Fly Girl’s Review:
I really loved this unique story of what a “leap of faith” love really is. I mean that truly. Anyone who has ever been in love knows there is an intrinsic “leap of faith.” It might be letting go of fear, prejudice, or just memories and sometimes it’s the most precious of all TRUST. Trust is taken on faith, until it is proven wrong, for many this is the hardest leap to make. You have to trust they won’t lie, leave you, or break your heart. When you make that leap, you have to believe what is in the landing is more precious than all the things you’ve held onto and that the other person WILL catch you. It’s a scary enterprise this thing we call LOVE.
Rachel reminds us of that in The Memory House. Although this story takes place in two time periods with unrelated women, it is something to behold their journey to their “leap of faith” and how much change comes between like and leap for each of them. Both of these romances are hard fought and have lots to overcome, but somehow they each get to make that “leap of faith.” I was glad to feel like I was part of their journey. Her prose are elegant and sweet and emotional all the way through.
Don’t let yourself be dissuaded from this book based on how hard the romance is for each of them because of their losses. There is so much more going on and to see how tragedy shapes each of them and how they both move forward, but in different ways is rewarding in the end. This book will surely make it to my TOP 10 for 2019 because of the “leap of faith.” So for that reason, I’m giving this a 5 of 5 rating. Enjoy this masterpiece.
5 of 5 Propellers
Connect with Rachel Hauk
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.