Friday, July 28, 2017

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Memory of You by Catherine West

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About the Book


Title: The Memory of You
Author: Catherine West
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction
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. 

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About the Author

Catherine West is an award-winning author who writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. Her first novel, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, released in 2011 and won the INSPY for Romance, a Silver Medal in the Reader’s Favorite Awards, and was a finalist in the Grace Awards. Catherine’s second novel, Hidden in the Heart, released in September 2012, was long listed in the 2012 INSPY’s and was a finalist in the 2013 Grace Awards.

When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, and is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine[at]catherinejwest.com


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My Review


The Memory of You by Catherine West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a ride this book was!  You're pulled into this well written story right away with the heartbreaking drama that both Natalie, Tanner and their families are going through.  You feel their pain as each member struggles with different issues.  But you also feel the hope and healing that starts to take place as they each learn to let go, to love again, to forgive, and to accept the help of family, friends, and a God that offers new life and the ultimate grace!

This book is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.  Dealing with deep issues such as death, guilt, depression, PTSD, bi-polar personality, drug abuse and abandonment, this is not a lighthearted read.  But this talented author also takes you to a place of hope and light with grace, forgiveness, healing, second chances and reconciliation with earthly fathers as well as our heavenly Father.  We ALL have drama and issues in our lives and it is heartening to read that there is hope and healing. :)

It is definitely worth reading and I will no doubt read more by this author!  If I had a complaint it would just be that there were so many, many issues being dealt with and several different threads to the story, that it could get overwhelming at times.

*Thanks to Just Commonly and the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid or required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

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Tour Schedule

Many thanks to the publisher, Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction 
for providing review copies to our bloggers.


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7/18 - Moments Dipped in Ink
7/19 - Favorite Christian Books
7/20 - Joy's Blog
7/21 - Happy When Reading
7/22 - Splashes of Joy
7/23 - Reading is My SuperPower
7/24 - Bibliophile Reviews
7/25 - By The Book
7/26 - Reader's Cozy Corner
7/27 - All of a Kind Mom
7/28 -  Smiling Book Reviews
7/29 - Savings in Seconds
7/30 - Heidi Reads. . .


Giveaway

(1) Winner will win a gourmet gift basket + a signed copy of The Memory of You, 
courtesy of the author, Catherine West.
(US mailing addresses only for the gift basket & print book prize. 
International winners will win a digital copy of the book.)


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