Tuesday, April 09, 2013 Posted by Dina N
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.
Love Water Memory is a moving story about a woman who loses her old identity after a stressful experience. Lucie Walker can't remember anything from her past, not even her own personality. She finds herfelf suffering from amnesia but also completely removed from the person she used to be. Lucie gingerly attempts to return to her former life but discovers she no longer wants most of it. Her fiance is determined to help her move forward but that will come at a high cost to them both. There are more mysteries in Lucie's past that either of them ever suspected.
The book explores serious issues, such as amnesia, psychological and emotional trauma, and the effect of painful experiences on one woman's identity. The story is narrated from the standpoints of three people: Lucie, her fiance Grady, and her estranged aunt Helen who is the only family Lucie has left. It's a beautifully written psychological drama that stays with me long after I've finished reading it.
I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation was obtained for this post.