The Memory of You by Catherine West

Book Description:

Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?

When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.

And Natalie never says no to her father.

Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.

But finding freedom from the past means facing it.

My Review:

This book has a little bit of everything: Love, loss, redemption, courage, mental health issues, family dysfunction, and unresolved guilt. The best part about this book for me was all the different characters. There are many, many characters in this novel. It is a testament to West’s character development skills that they are all so individual that it was easy to keep them straight. West also does a phenomenal job of introducing them gradually so that readers have an opportunity to get to know them before moving on the another new character.

This book also has some encouraging messages in it. The characters struggle with real life situations and challenges, but we can be encouraged by their ability to overcome. Whenever one reads a romance story it is a safe assumption that the main characters that seem like they are going to get together do end up together by the end. However, it is the journey of their relationship that makes or breaks the novel. I think this story was more original than most and there were so many side stories that it did not seem as predictable as most.

Overall, if you enjoy reading stories of human struggles juxtaposed against a romance tale, this is a great story that you will enjoy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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