This is great for fans of romantic novels, but I was looking for something completely different. It is a beautiful and bittersweet story that is a great read The Memory of Us by Lisa Sorbe Four Stars The Memory of Us is a new adult romance by Lisa Sorbe. The depiction of life in Britain during the war and the trials and tribulations that the couple goes through because of class distinctions in this era, reads realistically. From symbolism, heart-breaking letters, repentance and joy. The story then goes back nearly twenty-five years to when she first met the young man who would one day be that priest. The Westcotts are a wealthy family.
Now, after twenty years of hiding from her past, the truth finds her—will she be brave enough to face it? Best friends since childhood, Elena and Weston or Laney and West. The romance between Julianne and Kyle was believable and never overdone. Julianne and Kyle are drawn to each other from the start, but their lives seem too disparate to envision a future together. I'm a sucker for a good love story and a bit of escapism, and this book is just that--and more. I wanted to savor it for as long as I could, but there is no putting this book down once you pick it up.
She has a heart of gold. She infuriated me by being weak and having paltry values that ranked appearance over love. I could see playing Kyle. Learning to deal with the tough decisions in life makes a person stronger than they think they really are. They fall in lurv, but have to hide it, cause last time I checked falling in love with soon-to-be Catholic priest was a major no-no. One of my most hated tropes is the handicapped character who just serves as a plot foil for the more able-bodied characters. This book demonstrates the lengths that people will go to for love.
Kyle is kind and attentive. I can relate to her pain and waiting to drink away the pain is something many can relate to. Julianne and Kyle are drawn to each other from the start, but their lives seem too disparate to envision a future together. The story opens in 1961 in a small village in England when a woman in the process of committing suicide is called out to deliver a baby. On top of that, the secondary characters are mostly bland and one-dimensional. It turns out she is a midwife, a sad, lonely woman who has given up on life.
I am one of those people who hides from emotions and I would rather hold it in and forget about it. Then comes war, death, separation from one another. And then, with little more than a grip to the moment, I was sailing back to 1937. I was able to read this book cover to cover in one sitting and I will be checking out other books by this author. . If you are looking for a second chance romance this is just the story for you. Later, she makes another decision and allows years to pass before acting, which I considered far too long, and found frustrating.
As the two continue to meet under varied circumstances, their mutual attraction becomes difficult to resist. I wish her the best of luck, she has a wonderful talent for story telling, even if she did leave me sobbing two nights in a row. Though I must say, I expected more about what they've been through in the war but the war lasted only like three chapters which were fine with me. I could relate to Julianne, the lead character of this novel. It was heartbreaking yet beautiful. Leaving Weston an The Memory of Us by Lisa Sorbe was a great read for me. Julianne grows up believing she is the only child of wealthy parents.
Even though the trauma she went through and the grief she may have felt were pretty bad, it just seems something so dumb for such a smart girl. Kyle is attractive and kind. Amazingly at the end, the author has questions for book clubs. The story itself is emotional without becoming too overpowering, it is real and raw. When she discovers she has an institutionalised, deaf and blind twin brother, Charles, she begins secretly visiting him without her parents' knowledge.
I usually request books weeks in advance, but when I read the description on this one and saw the reviews, I just had to see what all the hype was about. Even though she was way younger than me when the story started out, she was still easy to sympathize with. A faith for those seeking healing and salvation. Even for this stone-hearted reader this little scene made me shed a rare tear. She recalls her vows of marriage. For example, life during the Blitz in London was described in just a few pages, whereas the build-up and love story between Julianne and Kyle took about 22 chapters. You will feel as if you are there.
I hate to be a naysayer since lots of people loved this book, but I found it painfully slow to develop and then when the main character pretends to be dead and gives her daughter away all because she's scarred and no longer beautiful, I just couldn't believe any heroine would be so selfish. There is an easy flow to this story while it alternates between current and previous years. Camille DiMaio is a talented author and I can't wait to read another book by her. A cross between Colleen McCullough's. Meanwhile, their country prepares for war.
Her family forbids the relationship to continue. What does the future hold for Elena and Weston? You won't want to put this book down once you have begun to read it. Julianne is not interested in any other guys, and Kyle is being pulled from his devotion to the church. It just takes you to this place that you just have to feel. Their paths cross once again months later, when returning home from school for break.