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March 27, 2017

The Memory of You {Catherine West}

the memory of you catherine west
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.

But finding freedom from the past means facing it.

My Thoughts:
This is only my second book by Catherine West, but she is quickly becoming one of those authors I can count on to always deliver a good read. I loved her first book I read (The Things We Knew), and this one was equally wonderful.

Natalie has been suffering from her past her entire life. Feeling responsible for the death of her sister, Natalie has always done exactly what her parents tell her to do and has lived her life trying to hide the struggles going on in her head each day.  When her parents send her away to her grandpa's vineyard, I felt pretty sure it was going to end very badly for Natalie.

As soon as Natalie arrives, she runs into Tanner, the boy she crushed hard on as a young girl. Tanner is initially very rude and condescending to Natalie, but we eventually see a side of Tanner it is easy to fall in love with. Tanner is also struggling with trauma in his family, and he finds it difficult to fully trust Natalie to not pull his job out from under him.

As Natalie and Tanner both begin to share with each other the struggles they are going through they grow closer, and Natalie begins to once again find herself with a crush on Tanner. But so many obstacles, and so many people stand in their way.

This book is beautifully written. It has heartache and healing, fleeing and returning home, hurting and falling in love. I found myself invested in these characters and their stories and hoped beyond hope for a happy ending for them all. This is one book you must read this year.

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