Friday, March 22, 2019

The Memory House by Rachel Hauck (New York Times Best Selling Author) [Giveaway]

My thoughts:  I have come to treasure the opportunity to read a story by Rachel Hauck. Yes, some of her books are quite light hearted and fun and others have deeper themes and more "meat" to them. The Memory House falls into the second category. While not a deep, highly complex story, it resonates in the reader's heart and mind compelling continued page-turning.

Having lived in North Carolina all my life and seen lovely architecture from the same period that the house in Memory House was built, I can mentally visualize it and that lends charm and interest to the story.

You have two stories in one book and yet they are intertwined in various ways. Complexities of emotionally derived amnesia are one. Similarities of circumstances are another. And yet these two stories are separate and unique.

As the "book blurb" indicates, Beck Holiday is recipient of an unexpected wind-fall inheritance - a wonderful house and a nice stash of cash. Ah..... that's a dream come true, isn't it? But is it the answer to Beck's problems? A solution to her dilemma?

The characters throughout the book capture the reader's heart for their flaws and failures, their achievements and goals, their loves and cares. And yes, their charm. When our male protagonist enters the scene, he also enters our heart with his unabated caring, his stick-to-itness, his old and growing love for Beck Holiday. We all need a Bruno Endicott in our lives.

And it would be wonderful if somewhere along the way we had an Everleigh Applegate as a neighbor, a fellow church member, a friend.

I highly recommend this beautifully written story.

About the book: Embracing the future means remembering the past . . .

When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that, either.

Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share.

Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.

About the author: Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower.

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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone, and are freely given. Giveaway is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publicist or publisher.


  1. Gosh reading about her was a breath of fresh hair. I can’t wait to read her books. Her faith and belief in our Lord and being authentically interested in people finds me attracted to her personality. Reading comments about her writing and reading her about page makes me want to read her books. Can’t wait.

  2. I love clean and Christian books. Makes you feel good for having read it.

  3. Rachel is the second oldest girl in a family of five.

  4. Rachel's book Once Upon a Prince is also a Hallmark movie.

  5. I loved reading about Rachel's writing journey and how she encourages us to follow our dreams and put them in God's hands.

  6. I did not realize that this book is a time slip. I love those kinds of stories and would dedinitely love to read this one.
    Perrianne Askew

  7. Writing novels was a dream if Rachel’s for many years.
    I am actually reading The Wedding Dress by Rachel right now.

  8. She has extensively traveled in the US and in other countries. AS she travels she writes stories in her heart.

  9. I think it is so awesome that Rachel's book, Once Upon A Prince, has been made into a movie and will air on the Hallmark channel on April 7, 2019! Woo Hoo!! :)

  10. I admire Rachel's devotion to the Lord. He shines brightly through her.

  11. The author has been writing full time for 15 years.

  12. I think it is interesting that she has a blog.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  13. Rachel went to Ohio State and studied journalism
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com


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