Love, Water, Memory by Jennie Shortridge

Love Water MemoryLove Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose him?

At age thirty-nine, Lucie Walker has no choice but to start her life over when she comes to, up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay, with no idea how she got there or who she is. Her memory loss is caused by an emotional trauma she knows nothing about, and only when handsome, quiet Grady Goodall arrives at the hospital does she learn she has a home, a career, and a wedding just two months away. What went wrong? Grady seems to care for her, but Lucie is no more sure of him than she is of anything. As she collects the clues of her past self, she unlocks the mystery of what happened to her. The painful secrets she uncovers could hold the key to her future—if she trusts her heart enough to guide her.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was drawn into this book right away by the honesty of the main character’s voice. This is not a fast paced, thrill-a-minute type of book, but rather a deeply thoughtful and well planned story. If you have read the other titles by this author, then you will recall that she does tend to focus on mental illness and serious subjects in her books, and this one is no exception.

I was immediately impressed by all the small details she chose to include when discussing the differences between Lucie before and Lucie after the life changing incident she suffered. I forgot at times, that I was simply reading a book, as I felt so close to the characters.

The relationship aspect of this book was also very well portrayed. The desire to be with the person you love, regardless of how they are acting, what they recall or what uncertainty the future holds was laid out well for the reader. The changes in Lucie’s personality reflected the changes in the overall relationship she shared with Grady.

I was fascinated by the links between Lucie’s Piano playing and Grady’s swimming. The parallels were interesting throughout the story.

This book is sad at times, but also hopeful and intense. If you like stories that keep you in the minds of the characters and afford an opportunity to really feel you have gotten to know them, this may be a book that you will enjoy.

I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. It did not go as I would have expected, and I liked that the author steered away from the same route other books about memory loss had taken.

This book was provided to me in exchange for a review for the Shereads.org program. All opinions are my own.

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9 thoughts on “Love, Water, Memory by Jennie Shortridge

  1. This sounds an interesting read. I like the idea of looking and seeing if you would choose the same person a second time if something happened. I know without a shadow of a doubt that I would. I find this concept fascinating as, is she still the same person if she does not know herself and has to rediscover herself as well as others.

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