Monday 31 October 2016

Book ~ "What the Heart Remembers" (2015) Bette Lee Crosby

From Goodreads ~ Max Martinelli spent her junior year of college in Paris and fell in love. Julien was a wickedly handsome young man who was crazy in love with her, or so she thought. He was a free-spirited artist and she an aspiring architect - impressionable, young, and standing on the brink of womanhood.

That was over three years ago but the memory of him still haunts her. Max’s life is stuck on hold because she can’t stop wondering what would have happened if she had gone back. Was Julien simply part of the magic of Paris? Or was he meant to be her destiny?

After a New Year’s Eve party that ends in disaster and bad dreams, Max decides to find out once and for all. She is going to return to Paris and search for Julien. But will her search bring forever after happiness or a truth so ugly it will change her life forever?

Max is an self-employed architect in a small town.  Three years ago when she was a college student, she spent a year in Paris.  She met and fell in love with Julien, who was a struggling artist.  When she moved back to the States, he promised to follow her ... but she never heard from him again.  For the last three years, she wondered what had happened to him.  She feels he still has a hold on her heart and she is unable to move on with her live until she finds out why he never contacted her and if he is okay.  So she heads to Paris for two weeks to find him ... so her heart can either let him go or they can still have a future.

Though this is the third book in the Memory House series (there are five and this is the fourth one I've read), you don't need to have read the others as this works as a standalone.  There are characters from the other books in the series but there is enough background provided.  It is the eighth book I've read by this author and I liked it.

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 am enjoying this series ... there are nice friendships between women.

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