Book Review: Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge

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.

Release Date: April 2, 2013
Age Group: Adult
Source: NetGalley

I really liked the premise of Love Water Memory, and even though I don't read much adult fiction I decided to give it a try.  And I'm glad I did, as it was a good read.  

Love Water Memory was different from other books about amnesia that I've read, in that the main character has no "AH-HA" moment where she fully recovers her memories.  Instead, Lucie reconciles her two selves: her past self and her present self.  I loved that about this book.  I liked that Lucie does the hard work of putting her life back together and things don't magically fall into place just because she falls in love (I really hate it when love is used as a plot device like that).  

What really made Love Water Memory stand out for me were the secondary characters.  Grady's family was so well-characterized.  I loved them!  I loved Lucie's new, honest life, and the way she handles her hardships.  

I did feel like the book moved slowly at times.  It was more of an emotional thriller than an action-packed novel.  I would have preferred it to be told from Lucie's perspective, in a first-person narrative.  I felt like the third person point of view made it a little impersonal.  

Other than those complaints, I did really enjoy this book and would recommend it to fans of contemporary and women's fiction.  I would definitely read Jennie Shortridge again. 

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