Title: Love Water Memory
Author: Jennie Shortridge
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Lucie Walker wakes up, and though she remembers the world around her, she has no memory of herself. Her dissociative disorder (a more severe form of amnesia) means she’s forgotten her fiancé, Grady, and she has to learn about her life. As Lucie finds difficulty recognizing the cold, hard woman she seemed to have been, she begins digging into her past to uncover what might have caused her amnesia.
Amnesia (or dissociative disorder, in this case) is a story that’s been done many times in women’s fiction, so it’s always nice when there’s something that sets a novel with this storyline apart. In Love Water Memory, it’s the reason behind the amnesia. This isn’t something random that happened because Lucie got an unfortunate bump on the head. No, Lucie’s amnesia is rooted in traumas from her past, and it’s interesting to watch her delve into it to find its roots.
The relationship between Grady and Lucie is very sweet in Love Water Memory. They tiptoe around each other, unsure of how to act. Lucie wants Grady to love her, even though she’s very different than the fiancée he knew and loved, while Grady doesn’t want Lucie to feel pushed or pressured, especially with their imminent wedding. It’s heartwarming to watch them, as they both genuinely love each other. It’s clear they don’t know how to connect to one another, and readers will hope they find a way to communicate, thereby saving their relationship.
The secrets in Love Water Memory aren’t what you’d expect, which is refreshing. Grady isn’t hiding any horrible secrets from Lucie, using her amnesia to control her, which is a common plot thread in these types of books. No, it’s much more innocent, and at the same time more devastating. Readers will plow through this book, feeling the sadness that surrounds Lucie and hoping that she’ll come to terms with the difficulties her former life presented in order to find a new happiness.
Love Water Memory is a quick read, but one with a lot of heart. There are aspects of it that are a bit melodramatic, but overall, it’s a novel that fans of women’s fiction will enjoy.
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