Review: Love Water Memory by Jenny Shortridge

love water memoryReviewed by Karin

This is a romance, but not your typical billionaire meets servant girl. While those are not my genre to read, I thought this would be more fun or intriguing. Perhaps I expected it to be more reminiscent of Eat, Pray, Love, because of the similarity of the title. No, it is not.

And I expected more of it, because of all the many book jacket blurbs that were hyperboles. Maybe that set me up for a fall.

I thought it might be on a par with Remember Me, but it is not. While I thoroughly enjoyed Remember Me. This book was difficult.

This is a grown up romance, more real — based on dissassociative fugue (but not didactic, even though you may learn more than you’d like about this mental disorder.) While not depressing, it is not a happily ever after story. I can learn about this disorder without having to read it in a novel which I hope to read for pleasure.

From the book jacket back cover:

Acclaimed novel now in paperback.

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose him? [This is more or less an age-old question, that occurs after the ‘hapily ever after’ end of fairy tales.] 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.”

She doesn’t remember the trauma that has caused her memory loss, a crime she witnessed when she was younger. She doesn’t remember her quiet fiance, to whom she is to be married in two months.

Together they find each other again, but the end is ambiguous. The author has intentionally left it up to the reader to determine how the romance will go. After the ending there are a series of questions to use for a book club, and an interview with the author. Maybe you should start with those first.

While beautifully written, I give it 3 out of 5 stars. (I don’t call it ‘warm’ or ‘brilliant’ or even particularly ‘hopeful’ as some of the book jacket blurbs call it.)

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Buy: Love Water Memory

Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge new paperback

Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge new paperback

US $10.95


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