AnnAlysis: Love, Water, Memory

love water memoryFrom Goodreads:
If you could do it all over again, would you still choose him?

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. Her memory loss is caused by an emotional trauma she knows nothing about, and only when handsome, quiet Grady Goodall arrives at the hospital does she learn she has a home, a career, and a wedding just two months away. What went wrong? Grady seems to care for her, but Lucie is no more sure of him than she is of anything. As she collects the clues of her past self, she unlocks the mystery of what happened to her. The painful secrets she uncovers could hold the key to her future—if she trusts her heart enough to guide her.

My Thoughts:
Can you imagine finding yourself with water rushing around you and not knowing how you got there? What a strong way to start a book.

Lucie is quite an interesting character. This is the second book I’ve read recently where you had a bad girl lose her memory and turn good. I would like to do a little research on this to determine if  this is common, or if it’s just a trend in writing. It’s funny how I tend to pick books at random and they have similar themes. Does anyone else run into this??

The thing I found most interesting about this book was that Lucie was the one who lost her memory and had so much re-learning to do, but how Grady had just as much growth in the book as Lucie did. I was expecting this book to be about her regaining her footsteps, not as much about him, but it was a welcome and unexpected surprise.

Along with Grady, some of the other characters in this book are very memorable, like Lucie’s aunt who tries to help give Lucie her memories back, along with the neighbors, who once despised Lucie, but now she becomes friends with. And don’t forget the cast of Grady’s siblings who play a minor role, but are obviously a big part of his life and his growth.

I thought this book started strong, but it was a bumpy ride for me. There were parts of it that I couldn’t get through quick enough, and there were other parts that I wanted to read more about. I loved when Lucie’s history unveiled itself and watching her grow, but her relationship with Grady wore on me. Granted, I can’t imagine my husband or myself losing our memories and how it would impact our relationship, but I just couldn’t get on board with it. I wanted them to be happy together, but I wasn’t so sure they were happy together before the memory loss happened…. so should they really be together? I’ll leave that up to you to decide when you read it.

I give Love, Water, Memory 4 out of 5 bookmarks.

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Released: January 14, 2014
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