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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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Bette’s novel hit the spot – Memory House
Elyse on Goodreads says:
Bette Lee Crosby has many fans. She writes for women. From time to time, it’s comforting reading a heart warming story written especially with my gender in mind. Bette’s short novel hit the spot…the mood I was looking for.
Without being heavy, this story tapped into my own appreciation for my women friends….whom are an invaluable part of my life.
The two main characters are Ophelia Browne, almost 90 years old, who runs the “Memory House Bed and Breakfast” house, and Annie Cross, who after a fight with her boyfriend, Michael, rents a room from Ophelia. Originally, Annie planned to stay just a couple of days…but felt a warmth of immediate connection with Ophelia, so she extends her stay for a week.
There is a little mystery going on … we sense this very early into the storytelling, almost minutes after Annie and Ophelia meet. “There is a certain magic here; we both felt it the minute we stepped across the threshold”……..
That quote was about Ophelia thinking back to when she first met her husband, Edward….but I felt it was a ‘duel’ purpose sentence in this story. Ophelia thinks “Annie is the one”, soon after they meet –as the person who has the qualities to appreciate and understand the value of memories….which Ophelia wants to pass on before she dies.
When Annie first arrives, she has an acute awareness of smells….(Rosemary, lavender, ginger, etc.). The women share dandelion tea together, biscuits, stew, and share conversations. Annie learns about Ophelia’s beloved husband. Things are comforting and peaceful… but then something frightens Annie. ( something in her past) Ophelia is afraid too…for Annie’s future. Ophelia begins to feel protective of her. Worries for her.
This story made me think about how many times in any relationship – in friendships – we may all want the same thing… (inner peace, courage, strength, Independence, love in our hearts….a feeling of connection with community), but even though we may take different paths in finding our own way….our memories together are precious and tie us together.
Thank you Bette for being my friend…
……writing a book that brings a little magic to our memories…for celebrating
storytelling and women….
and….for cherishing this world we live in.