I love finding authors whose work is new to me and when they are good it’s like finding a treasure trove. The Memory House is the first book I’ve read by Rachel Hauck and I very much enjoyed it.
What does NYPD Sergeant, Beck Holiday, have in common with the lovely bride, Everleigh Applegate, from Waco Texas in the 1950’s? How will their lives intersect? Can wounds that were suffered and emotional scars be healed? Or is life as they know it over? Will hope one day return? Will there be another chance for happiness? Can you rebuild a friendship with a friend who doesn’t remember the past? Will the men in their lives, Bruno Endicott and Don Callahan, persevere in winning their hearts? Will they find what it takes to overcome their career challenges?
What I liked best about this book were the characters, and though their lives were very different from one another, their lives shared some common themes. I found the characters and their struggles very relatable. It was interesting learning about the career of a sports agent. I also enjoyed learning a little bit of Texas history.
I confess at first, I found Beck Holiday kind of hard to understand and like. She rubbed me the wrong way with her crummy attitude and lack of communication. But over time, as more about her character’s background was revealed I came to understand and even like her. I found myself frustrated with Everleigh and her inability or unwillingness to make changes and get her life back. I almost felt suffocated by the grief she wallowed in, but then I realized that perhaps the character felt suffocated too.
I wish that some of the main characters had a strong Christian faith and that it had been woven into the storyline. Some of the background characters were Christians and I especially appreciated Gaynor and her display of grace and forgiveness.
Overall, I liked The Memory House and recommend it. Author Rachel Hauck has a way of drawing a reader into the lives of her characters and making their world come alive. I think it must be challenging for an author to write about two timelines and two sets of characters. But Rachel did a wonderful job and it was easy to switch back and forth between the timelines. The Memory House is a place I would like to visit.
I would like to thank Thomas Nelson Publishers and Audra Jennings for the opportunity to read The Memory House in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Here’s some information about author Rachel Hauck:
Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.
Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.
Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.
A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.
At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.
A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.
She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.
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