January 7, 2014

Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge



Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: January 14, 2014 (Paperback)
Source: SheReads

Description:

A bittersweet masterpiece filled with longing and hope, Jennie Shortridge’s emotional novel explores the raw, tender complexities of relationships and personal identity. 

Who is Lucie Walker? Even Lucie herself can’t answer that question after she comes to, confused and up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay. Back home in Seattle, she adjusts to life with amnesia, growing unsettled by the clues she finds to the selfish, carefully guarded person she used to be. Will she ever fall in love with her handsome, kindhearted fiancĂ©, Grady? Can he devote himself to the vulnerable, easygoing Lucie 2.0, who is so unlike her controlling former self? When Lucie learns that Grady has been hiding some very painful secrets that could change the course of their relationship, she musters the courage to search for the shocking, long-repressed childhood memories that will finally set her free.

My Thoughts:

Amnesia!?! Normally I'd roll my eyes and consider memory-loss a soap-opera like plot device. Not this time around, folks! In Love Water Memory it worked. There was a realism that other stories of this type are missing.

Do you remember the short lived comedy, Samantha Who? This book reminded me of that series, only with a more serious tone. Girl loses memory. Girl wakes up. Girl has a drastically different personality than the one she had before the memory loss.

I'm not one to dig for themes in the books I read. But the theme of this book knocked me over the head a time or two: Fresh starts! New beginnings! What a great book to read at the beginning of a very new year.

If you're in the mood for a book that will make you think (about your relationships, your choices, your personality) you can't go wrong with Love Water Memory.

32 comments:

  1. Well, hello! I know you are a cut-to-the-chase sort of gal. If you say this isn't soap-opera-ish, I will believe. I may just give this one a try. Good day!

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    1. Well, hello to you as well! :D I was just thinking of you today. (I'm not a creeper, I promise!)

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  2. The one other Jennie Shortridge I read was like that. Seemed like a soap opera storyline that wasn't so soap opera-ish. Amnesia done well can be very interesting!

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    1. I don't think I've read anything else by her, but I'll keep my eyes open for sure!

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  3. Amnesia usually completely puts me off a book but this sounds good. It helps that the cover is so lovely!

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  4. I liked this one a lot too! Jennie Shortridge is really talented and I've enjoyed her other novels too.

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    1. I'm definitely going to have to seek out some of her other work!

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  5. I really enjoyed the one book I read by this author and I've been reading to read more. This does sound good, especially the way you've described it, Jennifer.

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    1. I don't know how she took such a subject and made it realistic, but she certainly did :D

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  6. Hoping to start this one later this week. Looks very good. Nice review Jennifer.

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    1. Hope you got to it, Anita. Hope you like/liked it!

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  7. Ooooh non-soapy amnesia?! Color me interested!

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  8. I had the exact same thought about the amnesia and all the drama--"this is going to be sooooo cheesy-dramatic"--but it wasn't. It worked. I was duly impressed.

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    1. Great minds my dear, great minds. ;)

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  9. So it just seems more realistic than most books using the memory loss device? The title is intriguing,

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  10. I enjoyed reading your review. This was the first book I've read by Jennie Shortridge and I enjoyed it as well.

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    1. Thanks so much Pat :) I was quite impressed myself!

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  11. Who'd have thunk? I'm glad this one turned out not to be a silly amnesia story.

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    1. I was skeptical going in, that's for sure ;)

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  12. That does sound like a great choice for the beginning of the year. There are a lot of books with similar stories, but it's good to know that this one works!

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    1. I was so glad that it worked :D A very good book about a new beginning, perfect for the new year :)

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  13. The way you described it, amazing. I actually loved the first time I saw it, the cover just looks like a sequel to Jogn Green´s Looking for Alaska...

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    1. Gorgeous cover isn't it? I agree! Thanks for visiting, Charlotte

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  14. I've seen this book around...the cover keeps drawing my eye. I'm glad to know it's worth reading. Next time I see it, I'll be sure to pick it up. Thanks for the great review!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lark! I love the cover...and the insides are great too ;)

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  15. Then I guess this is a book for me! Where have you been hiding Jennifer?!

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    1. I'm climbing out of a reviewing slump ;) Finally!

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  16. I'm a cover whore so I wanted this one ... good to know it's also worth the read ;)

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    1. The cover is fab, isn't it?? Love it :D

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