24 March 2017

Beautifully Satisfying | The Memory of You by Catherine West


Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?

When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.

And Natalie never says no to her father.

Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.

But finding freedom from the past means facing it.


After reading The Things We Knew, I had high hopes for reading more from Catherine West. Fortunately, when I picked up The Memory of You, it did not disappoint.

In The Memory of You, Catherine West tells a beautifully touching story of loss, guilt, healing, forgiveness, and love. She masterfully develops her characters with complex emotions and experiences, bringing to life on every page, and from the start, their story engrossed and moved me. I finished the book completely satisfied and delighted by the story, and I can’t help but recommend it to readers of contemporary fiction.


Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a complimentary copy of The Memory of You and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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