Monday 12 February 2018

✿ The Memories That Make Us ✿ Vanessa Carnavale ✿

Gracie Ashcroft is supposed to marry Blake Beaumont in three months time. The trouble is, she doesnt know who he is

After an accident leaves Gracie with severe amnesia, shes forced to decide: live a life that is made up of other peoples memories of who she was, or start a new life on her own. Leaving her fiancé Blake behind, she moves to the country where she takes on the task of reviving her familys abandoned flower farm.

While attempting to restart a business with an uncertain future, she tries to come to terms with the grief of losing a mother she cant remember and a fiancé she so badly wants to fall in love with again. What she doesnt count on is developing a deep connection with Flynn, a local vet. Worst of all is having to confront the fact that she might lose either chance at love.

Forced to examine the person she has become, Gracie confronts the question: if you had your time over, would you live the same life twice?

ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

I am not going to lie, when I first stated reading The Memories That Make Us, my initial thought  was "oh this is Nineteen Letter by Jodi Perry again".

Whilst yes there are similarities at the start, the way the story continues has a totally different feel.

Gracie and Blake's story is one of loss and heartbreak, frustration and fear.  We know things are not going to be easy for them after the accident, and whilst I got completely frustrated with Gracie's actions, I could understand her reasoning for it.

Not going to lie, I did want to throw my kindle at her at times for her actions.  Yes, she turned me violent!

Blake - oh how my heart hurt for him. I wanted to give him a big ol' hug.

I adore the secondary characters, particularly Scarlett and Tilly.

There is a big twist in the tale that I certainly was not expecting.  I was all like Keanu going "woah". 

Well played Ms Carnvale.

The Memories That Make Us is heartbreaking, frustrating, beautiful and most of all hopeful.  It makes you think how you would do things if you got a second chance.  

I read this book in one afternoon, and now am impatient for what Ms Carnavale gives us next.