The Memory House by Rachel Hauck
Genre: Christian Romance
Published by: Thomas Nelson on April 2, 2019
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.
This was a dual timeline story that tells the story of Everleigh Novak Applegate beginning in 1953 and Beck Holiday in the present. When a tornado slams through Waco, Texas (a true event) pregnant Everleigh loses her father, husband and in-laws. She and her mother begin a seven year widowhood that is not healthy for either of them. Beck Holiday has lost the memories of her early life. When her father is killed in the 9/11 tragedy, she develops amnesia and is unable to remember him. Beck is a NY City Police Sergeant who has recently found out she is pregnant from a one-night, poor decision. She lets her emotions get the best of her and attacks a perp getting herself suspended. While on suspension, she receives a letter from a lawyer letting her know she has inherited a house in Fernandina, Florida. Little does she know that her life is about to undergo a huge change.
When I read a book with Dual-Timelines, I often enjoy one more than the other. In this book, Rachel Hauck has done a wonderful job with both stories and woven them together so well, that I enjoyed the whole book equally. She has written wonderfully flawed characters. They have made mistakes and need to be able to forgive themselves. The Memory House is a great setting for the healing that needs to happen. Both Everleigh and Beck have love waiting for them, but can they accept it? Neither of them believes they are deserving of love yet, they love the men that want them. They are strong, independent women, willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, who have been shaped by a disaster in their past. Both Bruno and Don are caring, understanding, persevering men, who are willing to wait for the love of their lives. There is a wonderful Christian storyline in the book. You will read about forgiveness and when you realize that you have already been forgiven by your Heavenly Father, it is much easier to forgive yourself. I very much enjoyed this story, the characters both in the past and present, and the redemption and forgiveness they received. I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy Christian Romance, Historical Fiction and Dual Timeline Novels. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauc