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Monday, April 8

Spring Reads: The Memory House by Rachel Hauck


Paperback; Kindle
Now available from Thomas Nelson is the contemporary romance The Memory House by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rachel Hauck.

I have to be completely honest, I had forgot I was sent an ARC of the novel until late last week when I noticed I had a post draft setup for today's review; so I spent the weekend reading The Memory House. It's basically two stories in one that intertwine together. (Hopefully that sentence made sense to everyone!)

The first story centers around Beck Holiday, a NYC cop who inherits a house near the Florida's northern coast. Since she's on a four-week suspension for misconduct, she has nothing better to do than travel to Florida to the house that was left to her by the late Miss Everleigh, who she doesn't remember ever meeting. Upon arrival, she learns Miss Everleigh also left her entire fortune, which rounds out to be $7,000 per month!

Why doesn't she remember Miss Everleigh?

Maybe Bruno Endicott can help jumpstart her memory?

Bruno is a sports agent who was once friends with Beck when they were children. However, she has no recollection of him.

The other story centers around a younger Everleigh Applegate, a widow who is living with her widowed mother in Texas. After the loss of her husband, Everleigh slowly starts to rebuild her life, which includes Don Callhan, an old high school friend. This is a love story, so you can probably guess what happens.


Final Thoughts

Just by glancing by the cover, I had no idea what The Memory House was actually about until I started reading it. (Yes, I ignored the blurb on the back cover.) Using two different timelines in one novel doesn't always work, but the author does a great job connecting everything together. The chapters bounce back and forth from different characters (all from a third-person point-of-view); normally I would find this annoying, but it works well in this story. Speaking of characters; I easily connected with Beck Holiday right away. Romances can get a bit stale, especially when you have read as many as I have, but for me The Memory House has a fresh feel to it.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Memory House. It's a well-written heartfelt novel and I highly recommend it to other readers.
*Note - I received a review copy from the publisher.
All opinions are my own.

About the Author


Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie. Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews. A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

For more information, visit www.rachelhauck.com, Facebook (@rachelhauck), Twitter (@RachelHauck) and Instagram (@rachelhauck).

2 comments:

  1. It sounds like a sweet story. I know what you mean about dual timelines. Sometimes they don't work. I've heard that they are the hardest type of timeline to write, too.

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    1. Bringing two different timelines or stories together has to be difficult for a writer. The Memory House is a sweet story with a little bit of mystery tossed about.

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