Friday 26 August 2016

Book ~ "The Loft" (2015) Bette Lee Crosby

From Goodreads ~ 50 years of memories are hidden in the walls of the loft ...

Annie only needs to find one … the one that will save Oliver’s life.

On the day of their wedding, Annie saw nothing but happiness ahead, but when an accident calls her back to Memory House, her world is changed forever. Ophelia Browne, the woman who taught Annie to find the memories in a forgotten object, is leaving the house and she’s leaving all those powerful memories behind.

After only three nights in the loft, Annie must now find the single most meaningful memory in Oliver’s mind. If she finds it in time, she can save his life, if she doesn’t … well, that’s something she can’t afford to think about.

Annie is marrying the love of her life, Oliver.  As they are heading out on their honeymoon, they hear that something has happened to Ophelia so they rush back home to take care of her.  Annie and Ophelia had met last year when Annie had stayed in Ophelia's bed 'n breakfast.  It was then that Ophelia taught Annie the power of memories.  Ophelia decides to make a major change in her life and gives her house (the "Memory House") to Annie and Oliver.  As life settles down for all, Oliver is involved in a life-threatening accident and Annie must figure that one memory that will bring Oliver back from a coma.

Though this is the second book in the Memory House series, you don't need to have read the first one as this works as a standalone.  It is the sixth book I've read by this author and I liked it.  It's a nice story of a friendship between two women with many years and experiences between them ... the two women caring enough to let each other make changes in their lives and move on while still maintaining the friendship.

It is written in third person perspective in present tense, though some chapters are in first person perspective ... they are short and italicized and the name of the person is at the beginning of these chapters so you know who the focus is. This style worked for me as it let me get into their heads and know what they were thinking.

I look forward to reading more in this series.

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