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March 19, 2019

The Memory House {Rachel Hauck}

the memory house rachel hauck
In the spring of 1953, Everleigh Applegate is happily married and newly pregnant. But a tornado sweeps through Waco, Texas, taking her hopes of a bright future with it. Seven years later, widowed and childless, she is living with her mother and older than her years. It is not until she runs into an old high school friend, Don Callahan, that a small spark of hope for what life could be is rekindled. However, a secret Everleigh has kept threatens their happiness and future.

Beck Holiday is a tough, angry, New York City cop. Her father’s death on 9/11 took not just her father’s life but many of her memories as well. She learns that she’s inherited a house from an Everleigh Callahan—whom Beck apparently knows but cannot remember—in north Florida, and her suspension from work because of her anger issues leaves her with time to make the trip to figure out why. Upon her arrival, she meets Bruno Endicott, who clearly remembers her. Beck must work to regain her memory, face her anger, and open her heart to love.

Connected through a beautiful house in ways they will both come to understand, both women must find the courage to face the truth about themselves and their past in order to truly love and be loved in return.

My Thoughts:
Rachel Hauck is one of those authors I will always purchase without even reading the book synopsis. Her books are always filled with history, love, forgiveness, and a story that comes together so perfectly. This book meets those expectations perfectly.

I fell in love with these characters as soon as I met them. I loved that much of the story took place in Texas, a state so very close to me, and the history that happened during the Waco tornado. I also thought Florida was the perfect setting for this couple to land and make their life together.

The characters in this book did not necessarily follow the "standard" picture of the Christian fiction book, and I think that made me like them even more. They had their flaws, they found themselves living with the consequences of their mistakes, and they pushed through to make a life for themselves regardless.

The love that happened between Everleigh and Don reminds me so much of my grandparents' generation and the way they deeply love with all their heart, through everything life throws at them. They work hard to create their life, their livelihood, and a legacy for their children and grandchildren.

Beck and Bruno seemed to be the perfect example of today's generation and their tendency to find themselves floundering around, looking for a career, and always striving to better themselves from their current situation.

But both couples found exactly what they needed in life - God. God's love came through for them in big ways and small, and He took care of all of them through everything in their life. I rejoiced in watching these characters find God and find the true loves of their lives.

And the connection we find at the end - priceless! The ways Rachel Hauck always brings the old together with the new completely surprises me every time and reminds me why I always love a perfect Hauck book.

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