The Memory House by Rachel Hauck ~ Read with Audra Tour ~ Review ~ Giveaway

About the book:

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.  

Lucie's Review:

Decades apart Everleigh and Beck are two young women who spend time in the Victorian house that holds so many memories. Beck struggles to remember her father who died when the North Tower fell during 9/11, while Everleigh holds onto the past at the risk of rejecting a second chance. 

Bruno is a sports agent, struggling to keep his clients as he blazes a new path with his own agency. He is a good listener, and helps Beck sort out her past. Don falls for Everleigh the instant he sees her, he is struggling to cut his own path apart from the paved road that his father has marked out for him down to the girl that he is to marry.

At times a hard read, because of the heartbreak, but intriguing with the mysteries of Beck and Everleigh's past kept me coming back, as I tried to figure out their connection. This book explores family, love, loss, with a compelling mystery. I liked how their journeys shaped their faith, as they learned to trust God with the future and the past.

Overall, a compelling read that shows how God can take our messes, through the ups and downs and use them for His glory.

Click here to read an excerpt!

About the author:

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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