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The Memory of Us

A Novel
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (362 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Exceptional!

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

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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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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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Fantastic!

Highly recommend this book! Best I have read in a long time. Hope she writes more books!

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Tears and 3.5 of 5 wood-whittled peacocks (or “stars” if you’re not fun enough to make up your own rating system ;) )

It began with lovely flourish, ended with tears of relief and pain, but the middle was absolutely frustrating and aggravating. I suppose it’s a good sign that a book can evoke such emotion, but the main character was so frustratingly selfish and aggravatingly stubborn that it really brought this book down from a 4.5 star rating to a 3. I don’t believe her choices were at all relatable, and this brought the book from fiction to fantastical in the worst of ways.
I loved Kyle. He was good and kind; a little on the 2D side as well, yet much deeper than Julianne.
I am glad I gave the book a go; it was worth the tears, but I could’ve done without the unnecessary and unrealistic aggravation.

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Loved this story

The characters and story bring you through some events from many years ago and a deep love that everyone wishes to have. The narrator and story teller make it hard to put this book down.

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Sad read

The narration for this book was excellent, however the story was just too depressing. There were several times I almost quit reading because it just felt like it wandered with no real plot.

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Loved it except for one thing...

This story kept me interested. I loved listening to it. The one complaint I have is that it’s hard to believe Julianne would’ve done what she did after her accident. The severity of her injuries may not have been conveyed adequately, and the decision didn’t seem thought through enough... it was just hard for me to believe her character would’ve made that choice knowing how much love they had for one another. The narrator did an excellent job, with the exception of all her male characters sounded like Kyle. Overall, I loved it and was eager to find pockets of time to listen.

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The description is misleading

I enjoyed this book. But only until I accepted that the description of the plot does not fit the book. Is there a brother? Yes. But the story line has little - to nothing - to do with him. The story line (without giving anything away) is about a young privileged woman in England who falls in love with an Irish Catholic seminary student before the war. It is an interesting story and I enjoyed listening. But if you want the book because of the description, that is not what you are going to get.