Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?
When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.
And Natalie never says no to her father.
Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. He knows Natalie intends to close the gates, and he's determined to convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.
But finding freedom from the past means facing it. For both of them.
In her fifth novel, West (The Things We Knew) builds a complex, relatable story of faith, hope, and recovery in the aftermath of great tragedy. On the brink of having another emotional breakdown, Natalie Mitchell is bullied by her father (who is also her boss) into taking a leave of absence to check up on her ailing grandfather, Hal, as he recovers from a heart attack in Sonoma, Calif. But as comforting as Sonoma once was for Natalie, it also brings back terrible memories of the car accident that took the life of her sister 13 years before. Instructed by her father to find a way to close Hal's struggling winery, Natalie defiantly plans to find a way to keep the business open. Upon arriving, she reconnects with her former crush Tanner Collins, the son of Hal's ex-housekeeper, who is now the vintner at the winery. In the beginning, their relationship is strained and harsh, with Tanner unable to fully trust Natalie to fight to keep the winery open, and Natalie unable to get over bad memories of their teenage relationship. But the closer they get to each other, the harder it becomes for Natalie to avoid her guilt and run away from regrets a struggle that brings her into deeper spiritual faith. In this inspiring, emotionally astute story, West does an exquisite job depicting the complexity and messiness of overcoming trauma. Agent: Rachelle Gardner, Books & Such Literary
THE MEMORY OF YOU
THE MEMORY OF YOU by Catherine West Published by Thomas Nelson. Natalie head of PR in her father's company; parents worried, since the break up of her engagement. Yet, nightmares began when a twin died, at age 13. Going back to vineyard, to close it down, brought the guilt, for having survived. Was there any good memories when there before. Grandfather wasn't in as bad of health as her parents led her to believe, what was behind their motive. A crush she had on Tanner, was now working in vineyards. He doesn't recognize any of the old Natalie. A good plot of healing, that was long overdue for Natalie. Good story, that is enjoyable as all of Catherine's books are. Given ARC by Thomas Nelson for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
The Memory of You
Really enjoyed this book! Family oriented and faith centered. So glad to find this book and hopefully get to read more from this author.
The Power of Forgiveness and Redemption
So glad this was a BookBub selection! I think we all struggle with secrets from childhood, our teen years or adulthood - secrets that cripple our souls. I know a few came to my mind...then I remember that I handed the shame, the anxiety and the soul pain over to Jesus and He forgave. For that reason, I found this a very personal and very powerful book and highly recommend it.