Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge

Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: January 14, 2014 (Paperback)
Source: SheReads

A bittersweet masterpiece filled with longing and hope, Jennie Shortridge’s emotional novel explores the raw, tender complexities of relationships and personal identity. 

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 fiancé, 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.

My Thoughts:

Amnesia!?! Normally I’d roll my eyes and consider memory-loss a soap-opera like plot device. Not this time around, folks! In Love Water Memory it worked. There was a realism that other stories of this type are missing.
Do you remember the short lived comedy, Samantha Who? This book reminded me of that series, only with a more serious tone. Girl loses memory. Girl wakes up. Girl has a drastically different personality than the one she had before the memory loss.
I’m not one to dig for themes in the books I read. But the theme of this book knocked me over the head a time or two: Fresh starts! New beginnings! What a great book to read at the beginning of a very new year.
If you’re in the mood for a book that will make you think (about your relationships, your choices, your personality) you can’t go wrong with Love Water Memory.

32 thoughts on “Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge

  1. Well, hello! I know you are a cut-to-the-chase sort of gal. If you say this isn't soap-opera-ish, I will believe. I may just give this one a try. Good day!


  2. The one other Jennie Shortridge I read was like that. Seemed like a soap opera storyline that wasn't so soap opera-ish. Amnesia done well can be very interesting!


  3. I had the exact same thought about the amnesia and all the drama–\”this is going to be sooooo cheesy-dramatic\”–but it wasn't. It worked. I was duly impressed.


  4. That does sound like a great choice for the beginning of the year. There are a lot of books with similar stories, but it's good to know that this one works!


  5. I've seen this book around…the cover keeps drawing my eye. I'm glad to know it's worth reading. Next time I see it, I'll be sure to pick it up. Thanks for the great review!


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