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Souvenir

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,180 ratings  ·  219 reviews
In this powerful fiction debut, Therese Fowler combines the emotional resonance of Nicholas Sparks with the intense, true-to-life richness of Jodi Picoult to create a stunning and dramatic novel all her own.

Meg Powell and Carson McKay grew were raised side by side on their families’ farms, bonded by a love that only deepened. Everyone in their small rural community in nort
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 12th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Therese Fowler
I'm kind of partial to this book, it being my first published novel and all. :)
Alison
Did not like this book for a few reasons... #1) subject matter such as teenage sex and drug use, #2) some bad language, #3) the storyline turned out to be plain dumb, and #4) because I would consider myself to be a pretty picky reader. Most of all, though, the characters in this book didn't have the best morals and it bugged me.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Amanda Dissinger for TeensReadToo.com

SOUVENIR is a heart-wrenching novel in the vein of Nicholas Sparks' THE NOTEBOOK and A WALK TO REMEMBER.

It is a novel about lost love, the possibility of second chances, and the fate that brings us all together.

Meg is a doctor with a sixteen-year-old daughter, and a businessman husband. Things seem to be normal in her life; she's stable at home, and she loves her job. However, she's still holding on to many secrets from her past, including a mis
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betsy
For some reason a lot of the reviews compare this to Nicholas Sparks; it's not like that - it is good.
I agree with the reader who said she was really surprised. I read the prologue and almost didn't continue because I was expecting a soap opera-y potboiler and found a very realistic story about people making hard choices and having real problems and found myself moved to tears for the first time since I first read "Cider House Rules" maybe 20 years ago. I've found myself "too busy" to read a lot
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Vivian
I can't believe all of the favorable reviews that this book has generated. I couldn't read past the first 75 or so pages. It all felt very Lifetime movie to me with plastic characters and a less than interesting storyline. I don't think she writes that well. I've lost interest in reading her debut effort and will be posting that book onto my bookshelf shortly.
Kathy
Aug 27, 2008 Kathy added it
Recommends it for: Everyone. Tear jerker.
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Lauren
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Jackie
This book is all about what it is we do for love--love of parents, of children,
of siblings, of the boy next door. Meg Powell and the next door boy Carson McKay were inseparable since their 5 and 6 year old selves met on the country
school bus. They were even going to get married--until suddenly Meg was offered an opportunity to help her dirt poor parents and 3 sisters have a much better life. At the cost of her happiness and great secrecy. Flash forward 16
years and all of the same players are
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Christy Whittington
I vacillated between not really not liking the story line of this book and not being able to put it down. I was not prepared to be saddened and sometimes even angry when reading this story, so in the book's defense, it's not at all what I was expecting. That being said, it's a good story that does make you think. The major turnoff for me in this book was related to Savannah; her character seemed to be somewhat thrown together and her part in the story line was too fantastic and unbelievable some ...more
Onewooga
What can I say--my mom left it after her last visit and I was curious. It was sad, but sort of a romance novel in slightly more sophisticated clothing (the guy doesn't get the girl, and there's less bodice-ripping). Actually, I take that back--there's not that much sex, so it's more like Jodi Picoult (the one book I read of hers, anyway) with a bit more depth. I wouldn't buy it, but I didn't hate it.
Sara Belle
Apr 09, 2009 Sara Belle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jodi Picoult fans
I loved this book it was one that I could not put down and ended up reading through the night it was a quick read and was very touching. All of the lessons about living life to the fullest shone through and were very inspiring. A lost love reignited was truly one of the best parts of the entire story.
Laura O'Tuel
I was surprised by this book and I cried and cried and cried. Great!!
Karen
I loved so many things about the book, mostly how Therese took the reader from 'commercial' fiction to 'literary' fiction (I hate labels but need one or the post will be forever!) The theme's were deep, I am grateful for the courageous stand Therese took with her first novel.

"Fiction is where you get to read the truth" holds true for this novel. Deep Spiritual truths like you can't always control what happens to you, but you can control how your respond. The brutal nature of regrets in this nove
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Joy
In this powerful fiction debut, Therese Fowler combines the emotional resonance of Nicholas Sparks with the intense, true-to-life richness of Jodi Picoult to create a stunning and dramatic novel all her own.

Meg Powell and Carson McKay grew were raised side by side on their families’ farms, bonded by a love that only deepened. Everyone in their small rural community in northern Florida thought that Meg and Carson would always be together. But at twenty-one, Meg was presented with a marriage propo
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Souvenir is about living with the choices that have shaped and altered life.

Meg Powell and Carson McKay are childhood sweethearts and soul mates who were meant to be together. Meant to marry and make a life together. Then circumstances present Meg with an opportunity to better the lives of her loved ones, or so she thinks. Although, her decision to marry another man means sacrificing her future with Carson she resolutely accepts the opportunity, a reflection of her nature as the family caregive
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Nicola
Wow! What a moving and intriguing novel. Meg, faced with difficult decisions and the love for her family, does what she thinks is right for everyone else. From the beginning of the story until the end Meg puts others before her, sometimes at great cost to herself.
Meg led a good life - with a wonderful career, a beautiful daughter and a fancy lifestyle. The only trouble was she was not in love with her husband, as she never truly got over her first love. She worked hard at caring for others - he
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Jen
Mar 23, 2008 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jodi Picoult fans
I read the prologue online and was hooked. The prologue introduced the main character, the love of her life and showed their last moment together before she had to marry a different man...but the love of her life doesn't know she 'has' to marry the other man.

The rest of the book didn't grip me as much as the prologue but it was still good. I really connected with the MC and the sacrifices she made in life...I could definitely sympathize with this character. And I think this author did a stellar
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Brenda
Meg and Carson are a couple destined to be together- when the rich boy who owns most of the town essentially offers to get Meg's family out of debt if she marries him, she agrees- one last tryst with Carson leaves Meg pregnant and unsure of the paternity of her daughter. The decision to save her family over her one true love sets off a turn of events that takes decades to sort out. A sudden and fatal illness leaves Meg wishing she had more time with her coming of age daughter, with her 3 sisters ...more
Ashley
I liked this one a lot better than I thought I would! It's a little bit love story and a little bit life/regret/redemption and has a dash of social issues thrown in. A touch sappier than I typically prefer, but Fowler handled the various subject matters adeptly and without the typical sugary sweetness that turns my stomach.

The characters were well-developed and multi-dimensional; I had no trouble identifying with them and their various positions, simultaneously, which added a nice degree of comp
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JoJo
I'm not an expert i just know what i like, and i really enjoyed this story. I loved the characters. I loved that it was so real. I really felt for Meg. I'm someone who always sacrifices for others, and this really hit home & told me i need to really live and not waste my life. (even though i am really young).Carson was a great character( i wanted him and Meg together so bad!) i fell inlove with his character. I definently cried a waterfall when meg was suffering with the disease. As it moved ...more
Joan Watkins
I love Therese Fowler's writing, and for a first novel this book is amazing! I have also read her newest novel "Z" and thoroughly enjoyed it as well. Next is "Reunion" and I am hoping it arrives in the mail today. Therese's work is well thought out and so much more than most contemporary fiction. She has way with words that keeps me reading well into the night!
Amanda Brown
This book was very moving! It made me think hard about the relationship I have with my mother and the relationship I want with my daughter. This is the first book to make me tear up in quite some time!

I did feel some parts were overdone or just not necessary (I won't elaborate due to spoilers). It was still a well written story and an easy read!
Adrienne
When you can figure out the end from the prologue you assume the book is not going to be good. But you (read I) stick with it because you hate giving up on a book. It’s the journey right? You know how it’s going to end but it the how you get from A to B that’s important.
I am so very happy that I stuck with this book. It starts out very cheesy, boy meets girl, boy wants to propose to girl, girl breaks up and marries someone completely wrong. Being an avid reader of “romance” novels you know boy
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Tattered Cover Book Store
This book is all about what it is we do for love--love of parents, of children,
of siblings, of the boy next door. Meg Powell and the next door boy Carson McKay were inseparable since their 5 and 6 year old selves met on the country
school bus. They were even going to get married--until suddenly Meg was offered an opportunity to help her dirt poor parents and 3 sisters have a much better life. At the cost of her happiness and great secrecy. Flash forward 16 years and all of the same players are a
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Carolyn
The ending of this book is not at all what I expected when I started it. But so much of what happens is true to life. The nievity (spelling) of savannah about drove me nuts. And the way the family was so unaware of each other. I would like to give it 4 stars but because of so e of the language and I'll give it 3.
Kristina
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Beth
Good book about duty, regret, redemption, acceptance, appreciation and making tough decisions. Liked that there were several stories told at the same time. Kept my interest. I don't usually read sappy or sad books but this did not go overboard. More realistic.
Dale Pearce
Fantastic story about Meg, who is a wife/mother/physician, who finds she has a limited amount of time before her life changes. She is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and her symptoms are moving fast. She starts a journal for her daughter and tries to right a wrong in her life.....
Hard to put down :)
Laura
This is another author that reminds me of the Nicholas Sparks genre. This novel centers on the main character, Meg, and how at a young age, she makes a huge sacrifice for her family, believing that it's the best decision for everyone involved.

The problem is that she's living her life for other people. After discovering secrets that have been kept over the years, and the truth of the matter becomes apparent to her, she looks back on her life. Almost immediately, she feels regret and sadness for
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Beth
This is a very compelling story. What would you do if you were terminally ill with a disease that would rob your body of the ability to move? ALS is akin to being buried alive--your body wastes away leaving you immobile while your mind remains fully functioning. I know because I watched as this hideous disease ravaged my mother's body. Therese skillfully captures the emotional and physical impact as well as the repercussions that the disease can have on the lives of family and friends. I highly ...more
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