The Memory of You by Catherine West (review by Cathy)

The Memory of You

About the book:

Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?

When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.

And Natalie never says no to her father.

Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.

My review (5-stars)

I loved this book.  I loved the characters, the setting of the winery and the emotional storyline.

Natalie finds a few surprises when she returns to Sonoma.  Her grandfather is much healthier than she was led to believe and her childhood crush, Tanner is now working at the winery.

As she faces demons from her past and the realty of her future, the story takes you on her journey as told beautifully by the author.  This is a story of learning to forgive yourself, honesty and new beginnings.

A truly wonderful book and one that I highly recommend.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.

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