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The Memory of Us Audiobook

The Memory of Us: A Novel

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Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalized since birth, the illusion of her perfect life and family shatters around her.

While visiting her brother in secret, Julianne meets and befriends Kyle McCarthy, an Irish Catholic groundskeeper studying to become a priest. Caught between her family's expectations, Kyle's devotion to the Church, and the intense new feelings that the forbidden courtship has awakened in her, Julianne must make a choice: uphold the life she's always known or follow the difficult path toward love.

But as war ripples through the world and the Blitz decimates England, a tragic accident forces Julianne to leave everything behind and forge a new life built on lies she's told to protect the ones she loves. Now, after 20 years of hiding from her past, the truth finds her - will she be brave enough to face it?

©2016 Camille Di Maio. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    I didn't want to put this book down. One I will fondly remember and reread!

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    Jennifer M. Shuman Redondo Beach, CA 07-13-17
    Jennifer M. Shuman Redondo Beach, CA 07-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing emotional love story"

    I experiences so many emotions listening to Thu book. I woke up feeling emotionally wrecked. incredible! Fiona Hardingham is becoming my favorite narrator.

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    Amazon Customer Rochester NY 03-28-17
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    "Loved this Story!"

    I loved this story. It has everything g a good love story needs. Fate, ambition, persistence and undeniable love! Kyle is every woman's dream minus the priesthood! I liked that it ended with her at the confessional and reuniting. Great job on the accents and characters...I saw them in my minds eye!

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    Reader Lady Tennessee 11-23-17
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    "My Musings"

    At least one time a year, I will read a book that touches me to my very soul. The Memory of Us did that. Early on in the book, I almost quit reading because I found Judith a bit frivolous, but the plot continued to keep me engaged. I'm so thankful I kept reading/listening!

    The love story between the hero and heroine is emotionally-charged while incredibly sad. Poor Judith just couldn't believe anyone could love her despite her problems. I don't want to give any of the plot away, but I encourage to embrace this marvelous book.

    Please read this amazing book. If no other reason then that it is a fantastic depiction of the hardship and trials people faced during that horrific war, but I'm sure you will appreciate the great love between the couple. I rarely cry when reading a book, but this one definitely brought tears to my eyes. This is the best book I've read in 2017. It will definitely remain on my keeper shelf. Happy reading!

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    Harper 11-13-17
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    "Beautiful and Romantic"

    I loved this book. I was riveted from the beginning to the very end. Beautiful story, very romantic.

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    Sharon Auckland, New Zealand 10-30-17
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    "Unexpected pleasure"

    What I really liked about this book was that it was unexpected in its characterization, in the development of the story and I really enjoyed the 'voices' of the different characters.
    I had Neiva head of this sofa before but will definitely look for more of his books. I'll also look for more books near rated by Fiona hadn't him

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    "Beautiful, Moving Love Story"

    Beautiful, deeply moving love story. The narration was perfection. Be prepared to have a full box of Kleenex at the ready. Highly recommended!

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    Robyn 10-03-17
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    "A Beautiful Memory of Us"

    Romantic love as well as for family, friends and others. Excellent narration and surprising story with moving and delightful turns.

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    "Beautifully selfish story"

    The story was beautifully written.
    The tragedy of war torn England and destruction was visual thru authors portrayal.
    I didn't like the characters of Juli Ann or her parents. Their lives were wrapped around appearances. The period practice of socializing and marrying within your social class.
    Mr & Mrs. Westcot are cold people with deep bigotry for anyone unlike them. It's unthinkable that their daughter should marry a catholic or Irishman. They placed their disabled son in a home and promptly dismissed him as non existing. After all how can they face society with a disabled child what will people think . Julia has the same mentality. It show with the poor decision she makes in avoiding her parents and running to Lucile's. Then quickly go downhill from their.
    The biggest betrayal is yet to come all out of selfish pride wow is me attitude.
    Julia never once considers anyone else's feelings outside of her own narrow selfish views.
    I found it hard to feel sorry for her.
    The story did keep you alert and hoping for redemption for Julia's poor choices. Years later an opportunity presents itself, see if you agree with her choice.

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    "Lovely story with beautiful narration!"

    I enjoyed this so much! I loved the characters and the story, and I thought the narrator did a fantastic job!

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