Review: The Memory House

The Memory House





From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a new captivating novel of two women whose lives have been destroyed by disaster but find healing in a special house.

“Hauck is a master at weaving together plots from multiple time periods.” —Library Journal

Embracing the future means remembering the past . . .

When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that either.

Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share.

Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.

Accomplished Hauck demonstrates genre finesse as she blends inspirational romance with a cinematic style of storytelling, bringing empathic characters to life as they cope with grief in marriage and faithfulness, parenthood and adoption, death and tragedy. Challenging decisions, the blessing of finding love again, and the solace of a beautiful Victorian home all come together in this spellbinding, lovely novel.” —Booklist

Rating: 4-stars


The Memory House by Rachel Hauck is a slow read that lingers way after I’ve read it. The emotional journey blew me away. Immediately, I was sucked into the lives of the protagonists. They made the scenes pop to life. It was like I had grown up knowing them all. Following them as their stories unfolded, Rachel Hauck kept me intrigued. Wondering with suspense, the characters’ lives could have had multiple routes taken. It was difficult to guess where they would end up. This story provoked, tears, laughter, and inspiration. The pages held the characters’ point of views and it made the book pages turn faster. Life is complicated. So too, was this book. It held many ups and downs for the characters. It switched from present day to past and then back again. Some may not like this route especially with the many POV’s. However, it worked for this novel. Overall, this read is one that took time to read and was worth it in the end.

3 thoughts on “Review: The Memory House

  1. Rachel’s books have always left me thinking for a long time. I haven’t read this one yet.
    Thanks for the wonderful review, I am looking forward to reading The Memory House now!!

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