THE MEMORY HOUSE is a
bittersweet story of two women, decades apart, whose lives were
destroyed by disasters. It is a story of second chances and journeys to
heal their grief, find forgiveness, make new memories, and find
everlasting love. This romantic tale happens in a lovely Victorian house
on the coast of Florida in the small town of Fernandina Beach in Florida.
Beck Holiday is a crusty sergeant with NYPD trying to fill the footsteps
of her father who died on 9/ll. His death caused Beck to suffer memory
loss and she has no memories of her father.
On New Year's Eve when Beck and her partner, Hogan are pursuing a
known drug dealer who is also the son of wealthy Big Apple society. His
parents have always been able to get him out of jail almost as soon as
he's taken in. Beck cuffs him and notices a dirty shopping bag. She
picks it up and finds a small, filthy dog inside. She knows at once it is a
drug mule, used to transport drugs and Beck is livid. She lashes out at
the perp who laughs at her. She grabs the dog and takes him to the
nearest vet who saves the dog's life. "Beetle Boo" becomes Beck's
beloved dog. What a nice addition to this colorful cast of characters!
Beck is in trouble and receives several months suspension and a
warning. Beck also receives a letter informing her she has been left a
house from a distant family friend in Florida. Why her? She barely
remembers Aunt Everleigh, but this is the perfect time for Beck to
travel to Florida to visit the house. At the funeral of her generous
relative, she meets Bruno Endicott, who remembers Beck but she does
not remember him. They were childhood friends, shared their first kiss,
and Bruno has never forgotten her. Their relationship takes time and
patience but in the end, it is a special and forever one. I loved their
story with simple touches of Christian faith and love.
In a dual storyline set in 1960s Waco, TX, Everleigh and Rhett
Applegate have their future planned. Happy together, they are
expecting their first child and completed the plans for their own home
to be built on Memory Lane. It is not to be... A huge tornado takes
Rhett's life along with family, Everiegh is left a widow with shattered
dreams. She lives a quiet and boring life with her mother, also a widow.
One day she meets an old school friend, Don Callahan who falls in love
with her and won't take a no for an answer when he proposes
Rachel Hauck is no stranger to me. I treasure her book, THE WEDDING DRESS which I have
re-read and again laughed and cried at the sheer joy of that charmer.
THE MEMORY HOUSE introduces
us to many characters that we fall in love with and cheer for. Don
Callahan was my favorite. His love for Everleigh was so lovely to watch
and he gave it everything to win her. His willingness to preserve her
past memories was so unselfish and beautiful. I found him sweet,
thoughtful, and irresistible. Bruno, too, is a heart stealer and his hard
work as a sports agent was interesting and had me rooting big time for
him to find the next football superstar. Strong heroines whose lives are
interwoven as they fight for redemption and forget their regrets. A truly
inspirational romance with soft, subtle Christian touches makes this a
very engaging read that touches our hearts. I loved it. Brava, Ms.
Embracing the future means remembering the past . .
When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on
9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years
later, sheâ€™s a tough New York City cop burdened with a
damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to
get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives
informing her sheâ€™s inherited a house along Floridaâ€™s
northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her
life forever. Matters of the heart only become more
complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a
driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they
shared as teenagers. But Beck doesnâ€™t remember that, either.
Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady,
uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado
ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young
married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don
Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how
much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret
she can never share.
Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love
and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful
Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.