Published by Lake Union Publishing on May 31st 2016
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
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Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalized since birth, the illusion of her perfect life and family shatters around her.
While visiting her brother in secret, Julianne meets and befriends Kyle McCarthy, an Irish Catholic groundskeeper studying to become a priest. Caught between her family’s expectations, Kyle’s devotion to the church, and the intense new feelings that the forbidden courtship has awakened in her, Julianne must make a choice: uphold the life she’s always known or follow the difficult path toward love.
But as war ripples through the world and the Blitz decimates England, a tragic accident forces Julianne to leave everything behind and forge a new life built on lies she’s told to protect the ones she loves. Now, after twenty years of hiding from her past, the truth finds her—will she be brave enough to face it?
The Memory of Us is historical romance between two people who are just trying to make their families happy. Even if it isn’t what they truly want, that is until they meet each other. Julianne comes from a family of old money, she’s a socialite and certain thing are expected of her, like what stature of a man she will me allowed to marry. After learning that she had a brother that parents just shoved off into a home, she secretly visits him and meets Kyle. Now, Kyle is a handsome gardener, but he has been accepted into the seminary. Little do they know where their paths are going to take them.
With alternating point of views between the past and the present from Julianne, it lays out her life before us. She was fiercely independent and kinda stubborn, it was easy to connect with her, and I have to say I really did like her. I didn’t necessarily agree with some of the decisions she made, I did understand her reasons behind them. Her forbidden love Kyle, was caring and sweet, hardworking but trying to follow what his parents wanted him to do and what his heart wanted him to do was clearly hard on him.
This story takes place during a time when people married within their social classes, but sometimes the heart doesn’t care how much money or what background they came from, they just love. And that it how Julianne felt about Kyle. Kyle was torn though, he felt things for Julianne that someone who was studying to be a priest should not feel. If there was ever a forbidden romance, this was one. The obstacle they faced was parental interference to the war taking him away, was just awful. When they do reconnect it was bittersweet because he does not recognize her. I think I was just as heartbroken as she was. I wondered if they would have a second chance at love? But now he was a priest, what would that mean? It was such an emotional roller coast with these two, I just had to fins out.
The Memory of Us will take you through a whirlwind of emotions of two peoples romance that spread over three decades. A beautiful story of heartbreak, regret, grief, forgiveness and one of second chances. The Memory of Us is one that stick with you long after you finish reading.
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