Today is my stop on “The Memory House” Book Tour and Giveaway. This delightful Christian novel was written by author Rachel Hauck. Be sure to check out her giveaway at the bottom.
The Memory House is a thought provoking poignant tale that takes places in two separate times, 1953 and current day. She uses four different points of views, and even though this sound confusing, Author Hauck pulls it off without a snag of any kind.
Her writing is hard hitting yet eloquent. My favorite line was “Family is whoever fits in your heart.” Beautiful! I enjoy her style of writing and find her books linger with me long after the last page. The emotions of the characters are felt. The places are seen. I have lived part of their lives with them. Hauck is an exceptional author to do that.
This is the tale of Beck Holiday and Bruno Endicott from present day. It is also about Everleigh Applegate and Don Callahan from the 1950’s. Using characters that are realistic with both flaws and merits the author made me become invested quickly in the story. There is even a little dog, Beetle Boo, which will steal your heart.
Author Hauck has given readers a complicated yet easy to read story. It deals with grief. Grief unfortunately hits us all. The trials and heartaches that befall the characters broke my heart. Then something happens to mend it again. A Christian message of hope and God’s plans for our lives shines through from beginning to end. Praying for others is a good lesson in this book, and it has many. “He suspected Mom’s prayers had a hand in this.” is a favorite quote that I find myself using only turning to “do you suspect your Mom’s prayers….”.
After I closed this beautiful book, it stuck with me wanting to be remembered and examined. It still remains and pops up at odd times. There are discussion questions in the back that are wonderful, not only for a group but for individuals, also.
I highly recommend this book for lovers of Christian fiction. It is an amazing tale of family, friends, and faith. From me it receives a 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but I was under no obligation to write a review. These are my own, honest thoughts.
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.
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.
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To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize of a copy of The Memory House!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e2aa/the-memory-house-celebration-tour-giveaway