She Reads January Book Club Pick: Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge

Publisher:  Gallery Books (January 14, 2014)

Pages:  352

Genre:  Contemporary Fiction

Source:  She Reads


If you could do it all over again, would you still choose him?

At age thirty-nine, Lucie Walker has no choice but to start her life over when she comes to, up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay, with no idea how she got there or who she is. Her memory loss is caused by an emotional trauma she knows nothing about, and only when handsome, quiet Grady Goodall arrives at the hospital does she learn she has a home, a career, and a wedding just two months away. What went wrong? Grady seems to care for her, but Lucie is no more sure of him than she is of anything. As she collects the clues of her past self, she unlocks the mystery of what happened to her. The painful secrets she uncovers could hold the key to her future—if she trusts her heart enough to guide her.

My Review:

This story is one huge twist!!  Lucie is engaged and finds herself staring into the ocean, far away from her life in Seattle.  Suffering from amnesia, she struggles to come to terms with who she was and who she is now.  With flashbacks to a childhood she has no understanding of, she begins a relationship with her estranged Aunt Helen.  Together, she and Helen will face the harsh reality of their younger lives and help them to forge ahead with forgiveness and understanding.  Through it all, Grady is also coming to terms with his engagement to a Lucie he doesn’t know anymore and figure out his future with or without her.

While Lucie reconciles with her past, she realizes that she doesn’t have to let go of any part of her, rather it completes her.  As I finished the reading the story, I realized that her amnesia really was an enlightenment to her whole life as she comes to grips with the realities of her childhood.  While I would have liked the story to delve further into her recovery and therapy, it was still a great read!

*A HUGE thanks to She Reads for providing this book to me, in exchange for an honest review.

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