My blog post for my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Memories Of Us’ is slightly different to my usual blog tour posts as it comes in two parts. The first part (this part) contains my review and the second part contains an extract from the book for you to get a taster of what to expect should you pick the book up for yourselves.
One moment can change your life
When Gracie Ashcroft wakes after a crash with severe amnesia, she must choose whether to live a life through other people’s memories or to start a new life all her own.
Discovering her late mother left her an old flower farm, Gracie leaves her fiancé, best friend and the home full of forgotten memories behind, hoping to learn who she is now.
Torn between wishing she could remember and afraid of losing what she now has, Gracie starts to wonder: if you had your time over, would you live the same life twice?
This is the first of Vanessa’s books that I have actually read. Going by how much I enjoyed reading it, it certainly won’t be the last book of hers that I read. I really did enjoy it but more about that in a bit.
I really felt for Gracie. She is in a serious car accident and when she wakes up in hospital she has no idea who she is and she can’t remember anything about her life. I could totally get why she felt as confused as she did, as it must be so frightening to wake up and not be sure of anything and having to rely on other people to fill in the blanks for her. She doesn’t remember that she is engaged to be married and that must have been heartbreaking for her fiancé Blake. Gracie refuses to see him to start with and I really felt for Blake at that point. Gracie insists that she needs to make her own way in the world again and that she has to discover who she is. That might sound strange to some but it made sense to me because her accident wiped the memory bank clean and so Gracie has to start from scratch. She doesn’t want to have to rely on other people telling her what she did or didn’t do or what she likes or dislikes. How can she trust other people have her best interests at heart and not manipulating her for their own reasons? Gracie is a feisty, brave and determined young lady. It takes real guts to do what she did in trying to find out who she really is.
This is one of those books that really hits you emotionally and more than once I found myself with a lump in my throat and on the brink of tears. I was hooked on the book from the moment I read the synopsis and I soon became addicted to reading it from the moment I began to read. I was interested in seeing which direction the plot and story were going in. There was also a twist towards the end that I was so not expecting. I had to keep reading just to see if Gracie found herself, if she managed to make a life for herself and if she managed to fall back in love with Blake. The further I got into the book the faster I was reading because I was desperate to know if Gracie got the happy ever after ending that she so deserved after all the heartache that she has been through. The author uses such powerful descriptions of emotions that everything the characters went through, I felt myself going through too. There were times when I would have jumped into the pages of the book if I could have to provide reassurance to those who needed it. By the time I finished reading ‘The Story Of Us’ I really did feel as though I had been through the emotional wringer somewhat.
In short I did enjoy reading ‘The Memories Of Us’ and I would certainly recommend it to other readers. I can’t wait to read what comes next from Vanessa Carnevale. She is clearly an author to watch. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 4* out of 5*.