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The Memory House by Rachel Hauck: Book Review


Book Blurb:

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, she’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 she’s inherited a house along Florida’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 doesn’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.

Book Review:    While she claimed to be a living memorial to the lives of the Applegates, she was really nothing more than a weak body of flesh who wore her tragedy like a badge of honor.

Beck and Bruno are, so far, the most tragic fictional couple of this year. (I must make a list if I’m going to keep coming up with awards to give out) So, what can I say about The Memory House other than it’s memorable? Let’s see…Everleigh is an amazing character. I want her to be real. The world would be a better place if there were more Everleighs around. She was dealt a heavy blow of tragedy and while she is reticent to change, her growth and love showed no bounds.

A split timeline seems to be a favorite of Rachel Hauck and she pulls it off with synchronicity and grace. The chapters end and switch timelines at just the right point to encourage ‘just one more chapter’. Her way of blending the two stories together was perfect.

As for God’s love and redemption, it’s there in heaps and shovelfuls but without an in-your-face message. It was a pleasure to journey with these characters as they learned about themselves, each other, and God.

Beck is hard-as-nails and Bruno is just mellow enough to get under her skin – the perfect balance of light and dark. For Bruno, it’s like being fourteen all over again only with more experience under his belt. They both have lessons to learn and Everleigh has made certain to give them their best chance at life and love.


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About the Author:  unnamed (1)

Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York TimesUSA Today and Wall Street Journalbestselling author.

Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.

Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

For more information, visit www.rachelhauck.comFacebook (@rachelhauck)Twitter (@RachelHauck) and Instagram (@rachelhauck).

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