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Love Water Memory (vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Jennie Shortridge

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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 fianc, 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.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:stephanieloves
Teoksen nimi:Love Water Memory
Kirjailijat:Jennie Shortridge
Info:Gallery Books (2014), Paperback, 352 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):****
Avainsanoja:memory loss, amnesia, mental disorder, mental illness, memory, dissociative fugue, women's fiction, contemporary, healing, family, marriage

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 19) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Many thanks to NBRC and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book. I don't think that I would have discovered it on my own and that would have been a shame.

I think I was hooked from the very beginning. Any book that mentions some sort of psychological mystery is usually an easy hook to get me into it. The story had missing memories, love, mysteries, identity questions and a lot of introspection and character growth. I thought it was well done, well written and kept me interested throughout. I think I will definitely be checking out more books by this author. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
Now I must go hunting for her earlier books---this one was GREAT! I was so intrigued with Lorie's amnesia as well as the back and forth between her different selves. How many versions of ourselves do each of us portray to the world depending on the circumstances? ( )
  nyiper | Jul 27, 2019 |
I totally have a thing for memory loss books. The idea of waking up having no idea who you are just absolutely fascinates me. Of course when I learned that this book was about amnesia and love and finding ones self, I was all over it!

Lucie Walker wakes up in San Francisco alone, scared and with no idea who she is. Can you EVEN imagine? After searching for anyone that can claim her and tell authorities who she is, Grady comes to claim her. Grady is the man Lucie is supposed to marry, but she has no clue who he is or if she loved him. Think about that for a second. If you partner looked at you one day and had NO idea who you were...can you imagine the pain that would cause you? The feeling of helplessness? I felt so awful for Grady.

As we go on in the book, we learn that along with her memory loss Lucie has also had a major personality shift. From uptight, to fun loving. She is still the same person...but different. Maybe better? Grady has to struggle with his feeling surrounding that.

There is more to the story, and it's all beautifully written and detailed. This isn't an easy read. It's a deep dive into the life of a woman trying to come to grips with who she was, who she is and who she is meant to be. It begs the question: If you had a chance to change the way you have lived your life and become a person that you may have wanted to be but didn't think you could...would you? This book certainly makes you think about the possibility of that!

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this. It wasn't your typical romance but it was a great book and I definitely recommend it! ( )
  Kate.Good | Jul 3, 2014 |
Lucie Walker used to be the kind of Type-A woman who meticulously planned everything: what she did at her day job, what she ate for breakfast, what she would wear to her wedding. Losing her memory two months before her 40th birthday was not on the agenda. After she is found knees-deep in the water hundreds of miles from home, she is sent to the hospital, where she is greeted by a handsome man who pulls her into a painfully unfamiliar lover's embrace. She finally realizes she is Lucie Walker, the Lucie Walker who planned everything and has a caring fiancé; the Lucie Walker whom she does not remember. Now, in the world her previous self left behind, Lucie is alone, without even her own memory to keep her company... and in this world, she needs to trust someone since she can no longer trust herself.

The entire process of Grady and Lucie reacquainting—finding love and companionship in each other all over again—was clever, well-paced, and inevitably romantic. Grady's pain of missing the old Lucie—his meticulous, aloof Lucie—but struggle over falling for the new one—the warm, sweet Lucie—is relatable and raw, while Lucie's inability to remember everything about the man she's supposed to love, equally difficult. Shortridge accurately portrays the helplessness that the couple fall into during this tragedy, which, as Lucie discovers as she slowly recovers her memory through various environmental triggers, occurred in the wake of different kind of tragedy that Grady is reluctant to bring up.

Grady is plagued by the guilt of what happened at home that caused Lucie to flee in the first place, but he can't bring it up with the new Lucie—not when he's feeling first-time butterflies all over again, not when, this time around, he actually may have a shot to make her happy. Grady is a flawed, but in essence, perfect hero; he is a man to fall in love with. I love how he is sensitive and thoughtful, and sometimes recedes into his own thoughts. He is a beta hero who, although shy and rather fragile, listens to his gut, thinks too deeply, and always acts with passion.

We get both new Lucie's and Grady's perspectives in the third person, so it was difficult to really sympathize with either character intimately. I felt bad for the characters because of the frustration and impossibility of renewing their original relationship, but I couldn't really side with either of them, especially Lucie. Because she pretty much doesn't have an identity throughout the novel (although it does slowly build up as she learns more and more about her repressed past), her perspective is like that of an infant's; she continuously discovers people, places, and things around her, but not very deeply. However, this curiosity leads her to reconnecting with a part of her family that she strictly kept silent about before her amnesic episode. Old Lucie was the kind of woman who was so damaged by childhood that she couldn't even speak of it, but now that she's not only willing to talk to Grady about whatever "it" is, but also actively trying to find out why she might have entered dissociative fugue, the hideous, inconceivable demons of her past begin to surface.

This is the part I really couldn't get into. The loss in Lucie's teenage years is terrible, yes, and the trigger that caused her to completely blank out, even more traumatic, but there is no twist or no heart-pounding discovery. Small snippets of old Lucie's life flicker in her now empty mind alluding some sort of ghastly experience, but when readers are finally enlightened, it's a bit of a letdown. The climax is predictable, and I'll admit it's not like it's no big deal, but it was just poorly executed. Afterwards, the closing action just drooped... nothing is really resolved, and the ending doesn't offer much either.

While the book is wholly about Lucie's dissociative fugue, it does very little to entertain the subject of mental illness. It's an obvious fact that trauma and repression can lead to memory loss; Shortridge does not elaborate upon this. In fact, Lucie does not even visit a psychiatrist, so if you're thinking about trying this one solely because you like stories about mental disorders, this isn't really the best book to pick up.

I was also not a huge fan of the writing. Shortridge can tell a damn good story with a fresh voice—very readable, very modern—but her style just isn't eloquent. The subject matter is fascinating, and the story illuminates upon how obstacles can be overcome by the power of love, but the writing just seemed very clumsy to me. There is nothing poetic or expressive in Shortridge's hand; I was anticipating it to be gorgeous, sentimental, and detailed, but instead found it to be rather mediocre.

Pros: Characters are vividly formed; seem so human // Gradual mystery // Complex family dynamics portrayed // Very easy to read; kept me on edge and wanting to read more // Complicated emotions regarding identity // Strong message on the power of love

Cons: Writing isn't that substantial // While the subject matter is grave, Lucie's path to discovery is nothing profound // Difficult to sympathize with situation and characters // Mental illness is not deeply portrayed

Verdict: Thoroughly moving and provocative, Love Water Memory examines the effects of trauma, the principles and necessity of family, and the miraculous gift of second chances. Although I was not impressed by the unembellished writing style and the fact that mental health isn't significantly addressed, I did enjoy this luminescent novel of the certain magic of love—the magic that, for Lucie and Grady, separates a brand new start from the misfortune of reliving the same pain. The emotions are heavy, while the carefully hidden, agonizingly uncovered secrets, extremely grave in Jennie Shortridge's newest; this is a tender, serious story about being stronger than the sum of your weaknesses, and the opportunity to reconcile after inevitably hurting the ones you love.

Rating: 7 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): Not perfect, but overall enjoyable; borrow, don't buy!

Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher via tour publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Gallery Books and Literati Author Services!). ( )
  stephanieloves | Jan 19, 2014 |
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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 fianc, 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.

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