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, sheâ€™s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. Sheâ€™s avoided her grandparentsâ€™ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister diedâ€”the awful summer Natalieâ€™s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalieâ€™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 familyâ€™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 heâ€™s not so sure he likes the woman sheâ€™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 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:Â Â 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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