“A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.” Edward deBono
STORY LINE MEMORY HOUSE:
Ophelia, widowed early in life from her lifetime love, has a gift few possess. Ophelia spends her life in others memories by touching their possessions; possessions she calls her treasures. Reaching almost 90, Ophelia meets Annie and instantly knows she will play a role in Annie’s life.
Teaching Annie herbs and potions is only part of what Annie will learn from Ophelia. Annie craves security, love, husband, and children. Leaving a long-term dead-end relationship with manipulative Michael, Annie leaves the city for small town Burnsville. Ophelia rents Annie a room and the story begins. Each realizes the other is special.
Annie will discover she possesses unknown strengths and gifts. As well as, finally finding resolution in her professional and love life. Ophelia and Annie begin a journey unlocking memories of happiness, heartache, and treachery. As a result Annie will meet her destiny.
Come have a seat, grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy my fiction/romance novel review of Memory House.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:
Where do I begin? Sometimes words fail a reviewer; this is one of those times for me. Crosby created a wonderful tale filled with emotions and longing. So much longing was infused into this story. As a result, she grabbed me immediately and did not let go until the last page. I was filled with anticipation to read each of books in this series. Written as a standalone, Memory House will inspire the reader to run and buy these books.
Furthermore, Crosby developed each character throughout the book to their full potential. Her characters have warm and compassionate hearts for love, home, and people. I felt Ophelia and Annie were just next-door, waiting for me to come visit. Annie grew continually to become a confident happy woman. Memories of happy times are unlocked as well as sad terrible memories as she and Ophelia explore her gift. The concern of Ophelia for Annie’s ability to feel the bad memories is palatable.
Consequently, the plotting fills the reader with anticipation and sometimes unease. Annie ‘s gift is unique; obsessed with restoring a bike from visions of a small boy pedaling along, she searches to find answers. Ultimately, she learns more of herself, her gift, Ophelia, and life. Crosby skillfully wove the many threads together to form a book the reader will not want to put down.
Finally, in concluding my fiction/romance novel review of Memory House, I found an unforgettable story of love, memories, and longing. Crosby did not need fluff or sex to sell Memory House, as the story sales itself. Crafted with skillful writing and development, Memory House will stay with readers long after they finish the book. When I finished Memory House, I had a strong desire to hold my Granny’s apron; I wanted to feel her one more time and see her smile. Crosby, with skillful writing, presents the premise that memories never die but live on in objects and inside the individual. What a wonderful thought!
MEMORY HOUSE RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
I did not hesitate to give Memory House 4 well-deserved stars. Without a doubt, I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend.
FINALLY PLEASE NOTE:
Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. Without a doubt, the ARC did not affect my voluntary fiction/romance novel review.