Two people are drawn together even though they've never met: Chicago native Justin Hitchcock, who has just followed his daughter and ex-wife to London, and Irishwoman Joyce Conway, who is going through her own tragedy and divorce. As the story progresses, the lives of Joyce and Justin become entwined, with sections of the novel alternating between each character's perspective. At times, Sile Bermingham's narration has little vocal variation, and it's difficult to determine which character is speaking. Bermingham soon settles into a narration that expresses the tension and emotion building between Joyce and Justin, and leads to a satisfying conclusion.
How can you know someone you've never met? That's the question haunting Joyce Conway these days. Recovering from a terrible accident and with her marriage in pieces, Joyce is suddenly plagued by an overwhelming sense of déjà vu that makes her feel as if the life she's living is not her own. During the day she has vivid memories of things she's never seen - such as cobblestoned Parisian streets she's never visited - and at night she dreams of a little girl she's sure she's never met.
Joyce is convinced she's lost her mind . . . until a series of coincidences leads her on a journey to meet the one person who may hold the answer she needs.
"Someone's life could be depending on you right now...." That's the pitch that finally persuades Justin Hitchcock to donate blood - the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time. Restless and lonely, Justin chased his ex-wife and daughter from Chicago to London, and now he's in Dublin, guest-lecturing to bored college students. When he receives a basket of muffins with a thank-you note attached, he's sure someone's playing a joke on him, but then the presents keep coming. Intrigued, Justin is determined to solve the mystery - a quest that will change his life forever.
Thanks for the Memories is a heartwarming story of hope, love, and second chances - Cecelia Ahern's most magical novel yet.
©2009 Cecelia Ahern; (P)2009 Books on Tape
I am easily amused!
This is a really fun book. Please be warned, if you are going to be in public listening to this book you will laugh out loud multiple times and have a stupid grin on your face the rest of the time. Another delightful book from Aherns, she has a real knack for displaying her characters in such a heartfelt, and realistic fashion. She uses whimsical ideas to get to the core of the deepest emotions of her characters to which every reader can relate. Delightful!
I love Cecelia Ahern's books, but I could not get past the narrator and had to stop. I feel ripped off.
Cecelia Ahearn's 'Thanks for the Memories' is an easy, sweet listen populated by wonderful characters who will make you laugh out loud. It's a deceptively simple and silly story told with more intelligence, grace and insight than most literary authors.
Don't skip this one!
I loved this book. I starts out sad, but it develops into an amazingly unique love story. It's funny, lol funny, insightful, and a sheer pleasure to read. Don't miss this one.
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