Love Water Memory by Jeanie Shortridge
Published By: Gallery Books (A Division of Simon & Schuster)
Published On: Jan 14th 2014
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository
Lucie Walker has been found standing in cold water of San Francisco Bay, she has no memory of how or why she ended up there and in fact can’t remember who she is. She is emitted to the hospital and police reach out to the public for help in identifying her.
Grady Goodall, has been desperately searching for his fiancé, Lucie Walker, who has been missing for a week. When he sees Lucie on TV, he flies to San Francisco from Seattle to bring her home.
When Grady brings home Lucie, he discovers not only does she not know who he is but she is not like the Lucie he knew and loved. This new Lucie is the opposite of the old Lucie, will Lucie recover her memories or the old Lucie gone for good?
I was expecting this book to be different then it was. I was thinking it was going to be more of a romance than it was because of the blurb on the back that said “If you could do it all over again, would you still choose him?” When I read this I was thinking it would be similar to The Vow, that movie with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum but Love Water Memory, is much more than just a romance book, yes there is romance but it also has elements of mystery and deals with mental illness, loss and family dynamics.
I love books about family dynamics and was surprised that this book ended up having that element. It made the story complex rather than it being a fluffy “chic lit”. You also read about the family dynamics of both Grady and Lucie. Grady’s father died when he was young and he grew up with his mom and 6 sisters. It was interesting to read how this dynamic shaped his character. Lucie on the other hand has no family except for an estranged aunt.
I like that the story is told from the perspective of both Lucie and Grady. Reading from both their POV’s you could understand and feel what they were going through. I though that the POV’s were done well and could tell the difference between Lucie and Grady.
What really kept me turning the page was finding out about Lucie’s past and what happened to her as a child to make her this cold and distant person and eventually to have a mental breakdown and memory loss.
I enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend if people enjoy reading about mental health issues. I would pick up another book by Jennie Shortridge if I came across one. I gave this a 3.5 stars.