They tell her she’s a cheating wife—a neglectful mother. She can’t remember any of it. Her husband wants her memory to come back so she can tell them where her lover went with the plans and prototype for a secret government project. But if her memory returns, will she go back to being the selfish, narcissistic person she was in the past? She’d just as soon the past stays forgotten.
Intriguing Memory-Loss Premise
By Michelle (Michy) Devon on June 16, 2015
The author writes a sweet love story that isn’t quite a romance but has a HEV, with a twist of a mystery, but it’s not quite a mystery either. If you like both genres, then you’ll find a little something of each in this book, but it’s far from a typical romance or mystery.
I was drawn into the story immediately by the first chapter of a woman who has lost her memory, has no idea who she is, where she is, even her own name. I found myself early on wondering what had happened to cause such an extreme reaction as to lose her memory! The intrigue was more than enough to keep pulling me through the pages wondering both who she is and whether or not she’ll ever discover who she is herself!
One negative aspect for me was that I had difficulty determining the time period of the novel in the beginning. The dialogue throughout is very formal and the large house with servants and the way they waited on Marnie in the beginning leaned toward being a period piece, but then when the description of her clothing in the closet came about, it was obvious it was more modern. Then there was talk of a flip-phone cellphone, which I’m not sure are still that common. Then there was the aspect of the husband getting a new driver’s license without Marnie being present–that’s basically impossible these days, without multiple forms of proof of identity and the person receiving it being present, so those things sort of set me off on time period and continuity… so it was difficult to pin it down. I believe intended to be a modern-day story.
A fun read, which held my interest …
By Father Luke Miljevich on June 19, 2015
Writers write, it’s true. It’s also true writers read. I wanted to read something not in my usual sphere of influence, and not particularly a Harlequin Romance, but something I wouldn’t normally read. Like listening to a foreign language to see how things are pronounced.
With that in mind, I liked the story. I liked watching the development of plot, character, setting, and the dialog, which all developed naturally. I was particularly interested in a bit of suspense, and the story built the twists satisfyingly.
For a lite read it kept my attention and rewarded the time I spent with the story.
What I want to convey is that this isn’t a typical read for me and I had a good time with it. I’d like to think it was the author rather than the genre, because I’ve picked up books in the dentist’s office and after a few pages have thought to myself: “I can write better than this …” I didn’t say that with this author. It was fun, and held my interest.
A Great Summer Read for the Beach!
By L. Hunter on June 20, 2015
The Memory of All That is a great light summer beach read. It combines elements of suspense and mystery with elements of romance. It was initially a bit difficult for me to connect with the story because the main character suffers from amnesia and everything is portrayed through her eyes. The beginning was as disjointed as her memory, but readers follow the character through her journey of discovery as she tries to piece together who she was, what she has done, and who she wants to be. It’s light, a modern fairy tale with a wicked witch, an evil minion, a handsome king, a few fairy godmothers, a little prince, and a surprise princess. If you want a book with light suspense, a little romance, and a happy ending, this one is for you.