Love Water Memory by Jennie ShortridgeLove Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge

Love Water Memory

byJennie Shortridge

Paperback | September 24, 2015

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Inspired by a true story, this bittersweet novel about a woman with a rare form of amnesia explores the raw, tender complexities of relationships and personal identity. Library Journal calls it “an emotional heart-tugger that doesn’t go where readers might expect; a fascinating turnabout...”

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose him?

At age thirty-nine, Lucie Walker has no choice but to start her life over when she comes to, up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay, with no idea how she got there or who she is. Her memory loss is caused by an emotional trauma she knows nothing about, and only when handsome, quiet Grady Goodall arrives at the hospital does she learn she has a home, a career, and a wedding just two months away. What went wrong? Grady seems to care for her, but Lucie is no more sure of him than she is of anything. As she collects the clues of her past self, she unlocks the mystery of what happened to her. The painful secrets she uncovers could hold the key to her future—if she trusts her heart enough to guide her.
Title:Love Water MemoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:September 24, 2015Publisher:Gallery BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1451684843

ISBN - 13:9781451684841

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is an amazingly beautiful book. I absolutely loved the characters and the way they were described as well as shown. It's a small pint but the names were just so great too. I wish I could write as eloquently as the author to describe this book, but all I can do is give it 5 stars and say it's a lovely story. Side note - doesn't sound as good but I would have called it Water Love Memory. I would like to know how the author chose the order and why
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This story kept me hooked right from the beginning.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific story with great psychological aspects Lucie finds herself standing knee deep in freezing cold water in San Francisco bay unable to remember who she is or how she got there. She is taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a dissociative fugue state and has been missing for 8 days. When her fiancé Grady comes to pick her up and take her back home to Seattle she doesn't recognize him or remember anything about their life together. When she's home she also doesn't remember the house or anything personal in her life. Lucie struggles to remember who she is and as she gets details from the people around her she isn't sure she likes the person she's learning about. The new Lucie is easy to like but the old Lucie is a colder, controlling, buttoned up executive type and Grady struggles with the change in the woman he loves. Both Lucie and Grady have tumultuous pasts and Lucie is determined to figure out what caused her to lose herself. I have read several stories about amnesia and I tend to gravitate to them because I love the psychological aspect of the mystery. Much of the time there's a bad guy who manipulates the main character's memory of their past but this time we don't have a real manipulation even though Grady does tend to hold details back from Lucie ostensibly to protect her but also to protect himself. In "Love Water Memory" the main story centers around Lucie's quest to find out who she used to be and deal with the fallout of losing herself. I found myself both enjoying the psychological plot line and also being frustrated by it. I wanted there to be more communication between Lucie and Grady instead of this self protective push-pull that the reader experiences between the characters. If I were Lucie, all I'd want was the truth and for everyone around me to help me find that. I also found it frustrating that no one seemed worried that there was an actual wedding planned that was only 8 weeks away! No one cancels anything and Lucie doesn't even go through the invites to see who she knows that might be able to help her understand her past. I really resonated with some of the new experiences that Lucie had, it made me think about how I'd feel in that situation. The whole book made me think about the people around me and how we would deal with a situation like this. This is the part I found the most enjoying, how the author made me think about things, feel the feelings of Lucie as she struggled to reshape her life. I found this book to be an easy read and although I found Grady's behavior and excessively passive nature a little annoying, I did enjoy the journey through Lucie's life as I learned more and more about her and why she was the way she was. I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 but since I can't use half numbers I'll bump it up to a 4 because of the excellent way the author made the reader feel Lucie's struggles.
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Feel Good Story... Thirty-nine-year-old, Lucie Walker was found standing in the San Francisco Bay by local swimmers. She didn’t know her name, where she lived, or anything about her life. With no identification, wallet, or cell phone on her, all they could do was call 911. The ambulance arrived to get Lucie and once at the hospital, it was quickly discovered that she was suffering from amnesia. The local news station put her photo on t.v. asking if anyone could help identify the, Jane Doe. The news story was picked up by other outside stations and that’s when Grady Goodall saw her. Grady was, Lucie’s fiancé and they lived in Seattle and he could hardly believe she’d been found way out in San Francisco. He immediately made plans to get, Lucie and return her to their home where she belonged. However, it wasn’t as simple as just returning, Lucie home. She came back as a completely different person. Not only had she lost her memory, but her entire personality changed. Lucie, bit-by-bit uncovers why she ran away from, Grady and a very successful career. Grady, was also struggling with his own shortcomings and hides the truth and details of their last encounter together. Not only did, Lucie have to wrestle with finding her identity and struggle to discover who she used to be, she also had to learn about her very tragic childhood. Both, Lucie and Grady had a lot of soul-searching to do. Not only individually, but together. For, Lucie “the painful secrets she uncovers could hold the key to her future – if she trusts her heart enough to guide her.” LOVE WATER MEMORY was exquisitely written and kept me spellbound turning page after page. It was a wonderful, interesting, and feel good story.
Date published: 2013-12-26

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Love Water Memory grabs the reader’s attention from the first page.”