One of my favorite Woman’s Fiction authors, Jamie Beck, brings us a new book series set in Sanctuary Sound, Connecticut. The Memory of You has all of the signatures true to a Jamie Beck story and will guarantee a few heartbreaking themes as well as heartwarming.
The Memory of You
This series brings a certain divergence from a typically book by Jamie Beck. A form of PTSD plays a major role in each of the heroine’s lives and while Steffi’s is not completely explained in every detail, it’s pretty much apparent what happened to her.
Steffi moves back to her hometown to recover from a mugging (and horrid assault) that happened to her. For those who don’t like to read about those kind of themes, no worries, nothing is really explained in full detail, just implied. That experience causes Steffi to space out and causes some added troubles for her.
She has a small business of home remodeling with her childhood friend and she finds that moving back to her hometown is not without troubles as well.
Enter: an old flame.
This story also has the second chance at romance trope. Steffi and Ryan’s relationship was hard won but well worth the emotional trust roller coaster. Steffi ghosted Ryan during college for completely selfish, but understandable reasons: (she wanted to live her life and didn’t want to get tied down). While it is a cruel way to dump someone, I felt like Ryan wanted to hold on to that grudge way too long.
“He’d changed, no doubt. She’d started that ball rolling; then his wife and his job had exposed him to even more injustice, making him cynical and, sometimes, bitter.”
Thankfully, that doesn’t last too long in the story, and Steffi’s problem is the main concern to the story and plot. However, let me point out the little gem that is their relationship when it does get rolling again:
“Time slowed while they held each other’s gaze, shoulder to shoulder, flashbacks floating around them like dandelion fluff. He suppressed the sudden urge to kiss her right there in the moonlight.”
The Memory of You is really such a robust read, full of relevant themes that can speak to a lot of people out there. While it tips the scale more towards Women’s Fiction, it has enough romance in it to really balance it out. The friendships and family theme are prominent and introduces new characters that I can grow to love.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
The Memory of You
Steffi Lockwood has survived more than most. Recovering from an assault, she returns to her coastal Connecticut hometown to rebuild her life the best way she knows how: with her hands. But starting a remodeling business with one longtime friend puts her in the middle of a rift with another. Worse, being hired by her ex-boyfriend’s mother forces her to confront old regrets.
Public defender Ryan Quinn wasn’t shocked when his wife left him, but he was floored when she abandoned their daughter. With his finances up in the air, the newly single dad returns to his childhood home in Sanctuary Sound. The last person he expects, or wants, to see working on his family house is Steffi Lockwood—his first love who shattered his heart.
Although Steffi and Ryan are different people now, dormant feelings rekindle. But when Steffi’s secrets begins to surface, will it bring them together…or tear them apart for good?
Does detailed information about a character’s assault bother you? How much is too much?