The Life Lucy Knew: A Novel by Karma BrownThe Life Lucy Knew: A Novel by Karma Brown

The Life Lucy Knew: A Novel

byKarma Brown

Paperback | June 12, 2018

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One woman is about to discover everything she believes—knows—to be true about her life…isn’t.

After hitting her head, Lucy Sparks awakens in the hospital to a shocking revelation: the man she’s known and loved for years—the man she recently married—is not actually her husband. In fact, they haven’t even spoken since their breakup four years earlier. The happily-ever-after she remembers in vivid detail—right down to the dress she wore to their wedding—is only one example of what her doctors call a false memory: recollections Lucy’s mind made up to fill in the blanks from the coma.

Her psychologist explains the condition as honest lying, because while Lucy’s memories are false, they still feel incredibly real. Now she has no idea which memories she can trust—a devastating experience not only for Lucy, but also for her family, friends and especially her devoted boyfriend, Matt, whom Lucy remembers merely as a work colleague.

When the life Lucy believes she had slams against the reality she’s been living for the past four years, she must make a difficult choice about which life she wants to lead, and who she really is.
Title:The Life Lucy Knew: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.93 × 6.05 × 0.87 inPublished:June 12, 2018Publisher:Park Row BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0778319342

ISBN - 13:9780778319344

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Contemporary Romance The synopsis of this novel intrigued me: what would happen if someone forgot moments of their life and confused their own memories with that of others? I believe that a lot of people would be upset, and that it would be a roller coaster of emotions for the person experiencing the memory loss. It is this continuous charge of emotions a person would feel that Karma Brown so aptly portrays. The reader gets to experience Lucy’s utter conviction that her false memories are real; and reads with understanding the seesaw of emotions that the protagonist feels as she tries to sift through what is real and what is not real. While reading Lucy’s story, my heart felt for her. It wept at those moments when Lucy realised, on her own, that the memories she currently held so dear had been mixed up and were not what she believed them to be. While reading the story, I kept hoping that she would end up where she was meant to be and where she had been before her accident. It was this hope that kept me turning the pages of the novel. The Life Lucy Knew is a romance – but a romance with a difference. Girl had already met boy – but she had forgotten what he had meant to her. The novel is about a girl following her heart and finding, once again, where she is meant to be – and with whom. Lucy’s story is written with a sensitivity that readers of emotional reads will enjoy. It is a story that will touch your heart.
Date published: 2018-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast and Fun The short chapters move you quickly through the action of the novel. This story stays with you even after you put it down. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great escape read Loved this book - great escape read that keeps a running dialogue in your head when you aren't reading it ! Lots of observations and scenarios. Totally fun read.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from emotionally charged Thank you Harper Collins Canada for my gifted copy of this beautifully written women's fiction.     I really enjoyed this book, it gave me so many feels!   Lucy is a sweet and naive young woman who has been put in such a predicament following a fall that has taken away her memories of the last four years.  The life she wakes up to from her coma is not the life she remembers and she struggles with trying to find her way back to that life and the happiness she once knew. As Lucy struggles with her new reality she must decide what she wants her new life to look like and also who might still fit into that life.  For the most part, I thought Lucy's family and friends had great intentions and her best interest at heart as they tried to guide her back.   I couldn't help feeling so many different emotions towards Lucy during her difficult journey. There were moments when I was really frustrated with her and then I would immediately revert back to feeling sorry for her and could not imagine what she was going through.  Lucy's experiences will pull at your heart strings and make you really feel the struggles that she is going through. I also loved that the story take place in Toronto, and in one of my old stomping grounds.  I enjoyed the familiarity of all the places visited; it was a bit nostalgic for me in this regard. I highly recommend this emotionally charged story of love, family and friendship sprinkled with a bit of drama and confusion to kept me engaged cover to cover.
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from When memory plays tricks on you Lucy wakes up in a hospital bed after spending several weeks in a coma caused by a bad fall. She is surrounded by her parents, and Matt, her boyfriend. She recognizes her family, but her memories of the past four years do not match reality. Her relationship with Matt is threatened by false memories. Lucy is confused and is trying to gain back those four years, but not everyone is honest with her. The story is interesting and well structured. I really liked how Karma Brown developed Lucy's relationships with each character. I would have given it 4 stars, but the ending twist is a bit anticlimactic and left me with too many unanswered questions.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great beach read! Memories are important; they shape us and our beliefs, they provide a basis for decisions we make, they can make us laugh and cry, and they help us form relationships of all sorts. What would you do if you could no longer depend on your memories? Lucy Sparks has to come to terms with this question after falling and hitting her head while out running an errand on a winter day. She wakes up and soon realizes that not only has she forgotten much of the last few years of her life, but her mind has filled in the blank space with very vivid false memories and she can no longer trust what she feels so strongly to be her truth. It’s tough on her and also on her loved ones, as they navigate this new unchartered territory in their lives. Will they be able to reconcile the life they once had or will Lucy’s false memories interfere and put them all on a brand new path? The character that Brown created in Lucy Sparks was so complex and relatable that I found myself really feeling for her and imagining how confusing and scary her situation must be. I even caught myself thinking ‘What if it were me, what if my memories are all false, too?!’ Another thing that made this novel a home run for me was that it was set in Toronto; as someone who was born and raised in this lovely city, I found it very easy to envision each scene and relate to the characters even further. It felt natural reading about Lucy and the other characters in her life and it was easy to empathize with each of them. I thoroughly enjoyed The Life Lucy Knew and I know it will make a great summer beach read when it comes out this June!
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick read, but very enjoyable It took me less than 24hrs to read this book...I was that into it. I didn't want to stop reading. I had to know what was true and what wasn't. Great story. Will definitely be picking up another by Karma Brown.
Date published: 2018-04-23

Editorial Reviews

"An enthralling, irresistible, and deeply emotional read, THE LIFE LUCY KNEW proves Karma Brown is at the top of her game. Packed with rich layers and surprise revelations, Brown has crafted yet another captivating love story. This one will stick with you long after you finish." -Kerry Lonsdale, bestselling author of Everything We Left Behind "In The Life Lucy Knew, Karma Brown's exploration of the intersection of memory, identity, and love is both fascinating and deeply moving. I stayed up far too late reading chapter after chapter, knowing I wouldn't be able to fall asleep until I learned Lucy's fate. I'm sure I'll be thinking about this powerful, compelling story for a long time to come." -Jill Santopolo, USA Today bestselling author of The Light We Lost"With a fresh premise that grabs you from the first page, THE LIFE LUCY KNEW offers an emotionally complex journey through one woman's struggle to reconcile love and memory. Once again, Karma Brown delivers characters so vivid and truly likeable that it's impossible to leave the book without feeling just a little bit better for having known them."-Jamie Brenner, bestselling author of The Husband Hour"THE LIFE LUCY KNEW is the kind of story that engrosses you in a character's life while making you contemplate your own. A fascinating look at what we most want to remember, and what we'd just as soon forget." -Jessica Strawser, author of Almost Missed You"In This Moment is a powerful and evocative story about the life-altering consequences of a single decision. [A] riveting tale." -Emily Giffen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love"Exploring the influence and consequence of guilt, love and responsibility...In This Moment is an emotionally riveting read." -Amy Hatvany, author of It Happens All the Time"With In This Moment, Brown proves once again that she is a masterful observer of the emotional nuance of relationships-both familial and romantic. A must-read." -Colleen Oakley, author of Close Enough to Touch"Brown has a knack for...deftly examining the fissures in a family.... I will await [her] next book with admiration and anticipation." -Meg Mitchell Moore, author of The Captain's Daughter"Full of lush locations [and] memorable characters...Come Away with Me is nothing short of jaw-dropping." -Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo"[We] are ready for more of Brown's powerful, heartfelt prose. She's the female Nicholas Sparks." -Redbook"Should appeal to readers who relish Nicholas Sparks' sentimental stories combined with the kind of weighty issues often raised by Jodi Picoult." -New York Journal of Books