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IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A MEMORY TO OUTLIVE ITS OWNER?
Ophelia Browne knows the answer is yes. She knows because she’s been granted the unique gift of finding and caring for forgotten memories. But now she’s nearing ninety, and Browne women seldom live beyond such an age.
Before time runs out Ophelia must find her successor…someone who can carry forth the gift and keep the memories from fading. When broken-hearted Annie Cross shows up on the doorstep of The Memory House Bed and Breakfast, Ophelia knows she is the one.
As the two women sip dandelion tea and share stories, Annie begins to uncover new memories. Ugly ones. Ones buried deep enough to hide the scars. Excitement turns to fear when a thread of violence begins to unravel and Ophelia knows they have gone too far.
Literary Awards for Memory House –
FAPA President’s Book Award
Praise for Memory House –
“A magical book of memories, treasures and stories from a Masterful Southern Storyteller…” Judith D. Collins, top 1000 Reviewer
“Magical realism that will enchant…” Heidi, Rainy Day Ramblings
“Wonderful, heartwarming story of love and life…” Sherry Fundin, Reviewer
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A sweet magical read – #bookreviewer Salute
True Love and happiness is a life long memory and can last an eternity. It enables you to move forward from any sorrow suffered.
This book begins with a young girl named Annie Cross. She works and lives in Philadelphia. Her boyfriend had lived with her for seven years then one day he up and walked out. Annie decides to take a road trip with no destination in mind. She ends up at the Memory House Bed & Breakfast run by Ophelia Browne.
Ophelia is ninety years old and can feel happy memories in objects other people treasured at one time. Ophelia has an apothecary shop attached to her home where she makes remedies from the herbs and flowers that she grows in her huge gardens. Ophelia feels the time has come for her to find a someone to take over the Memory House. She needs to find a special person who can feel like her for this responsibility. Annie plans to spend the weekend and ends up spending the week. Will staying help her find what she is searching to make her life fulfilled? Will Annie be the one Ophelia wants to take over her Memory House? Will Annie take back up with her boy friend in Philadelphia when he comes a courting again? This is a beautiful story with beautiful artfully drawn main characters. The supporting characters each bring their own flavor to the story.
The author mixes mystery, unexpected twists. romance and humor to draw you into the story and keep you reading to the end. The mystery becomes explainable as the book totters between the past and the present.
This story teaches how we need to learn to love and accept ourselves before we can make the changes necessary in order to attain a happy existence and succeed in this life. This is a sweet magical read.