Review: Memory of You by Catherine West

About this Book

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 shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. He knows Natalie intends to close the gates, and he’s determined to 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. For both of them.

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My Review

My first Catherine West book was Yesterday’s Tomorrow, and I found it to be a tough read, not one that I enjoyed greatly. Earlier this year I read, The Things We Knew, and although emotionally charged, it was really good.

Then I read, The Memory of You, and OH GOODNESS! This was a riveting story, that was emotionally charged, but so good. I loved the characters in this story. The heartaches they faced, their challenges, and their victories.

I have to be careful because I don’t want to give away the story, but it did have some surprises I didn’t see coming. And it dealt with a lot of issues that hit too many families, especially when it comes to a loss of a child.

Catherine West is another author I look forward to reading more by. She has the ability to write stories that touch deep emotions but they don’t leave you in a pit of despair.

Disclaimer:  I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.

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New Book Watch: Chasing Secrets (Elite Guardians) By Lynette Eason

Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she’s made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her–and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he’s not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories–and the depths of the heart–Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley’s past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won’t quit.

Product details

  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (August 1, 2017)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

Review: Beneath Copper Falls (Rock Harbor Series) by Colleen Coble

About this Book

Dana has already learned that love isn’t safe . . . but could it be different in Rock Harbor?

As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancé to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful.

But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend’s desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home—and threatens to keep her from the future she’s always wanted.

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My Review

We are back in Rock Harbor with Bree, Kade, the kids and of course, Samson. Although Bree and Samson play an important role in this story the focus is on Dana and Boone. Dana returns home to get away from her abusive fiancé. Shortly, after arriving her dear friend, Allyson is killed by a serial killer dubbed, the Groom Reaper.

This story is intense and the author does a great job giving very small hints. Took me awhile to figure out who the Groom Reaper was, but I felt good because it took Dana even longer. 😉

I loved Boone! He had been deeply hurt both physically and emotionally. Watching the relationship between him and Dana grow was precious.

Although part of the Rock Harbor series you can read this one without reading the others. (However, I highly recommend the Rock Harbor Series, it is one of Colleen Coble’s best!)

Disclaimer: I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.