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Love Water Memory

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,291 Ratings  ·  488 Reviews
Who is Lucie Walker? Even Lucie herself can't answer that question after she comes to, confused and up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay. Back home in Seattle, she adjusts to life with amnesia, growing unsettled by the clues she finds to the selfish, carefully guarded person she used to be. Will she ever fall in love with her handsome, kindhearted fiance, Grady? ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Gallery Books (first published April 1st 2013)
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Aug 12, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
I just read Love, Water, Memory by Jenni Shortridge and I am perplexed by all of the very high ratings this book received. I expected the unraveling of a great mystery, as the main character, Lucie, was found standing in the San Francisco Bay suffering from amnesia; that never materialized. The relationship between Lucie and Grady didn't seem realistic; Lucie's reactions didn't always ring true, and the motivation for Lucie's recent memory lapse didn't seem so horrific or overwhelming to trigger ...more
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Lucie Walker becomes aware that she is standing in the San Francisco Bay but has no memory of how she arrived there,even of her name or personal history. She is quickly identified by her fiance,Grady, and he takes her back to their home in Seattle with the hope that Luice will remember. Luice isn't the same person as when she left,things she discovers motivated and interested her seem foreign and puzzling. And Grady has a few things he hopes she doesn't fully recall. But can Lucie heal if she do ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Lucia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Grady and Lucie:

Lucie has amnesia. She has no recollection of her past, of who she is. She doesn't remember her fiancé Grady and she has no idea why she was found miles away from her hometown. What had happened? What events led to losing her memories?

It is very difficult to cathegorize this novel. It bears signs of mystery, romance and thriller. Yet it is nothing from above mentioned genres. And I really liked that. It made this book quite unique.

Love Water Memory is written in multi
Amy Warrick
Apr 16, 2013 Amy Warrick rated it did not like it
You know, I finished this book at least, hanging on for the big reveal, so I guess 1 1/2 stars would be more accurate, but I'm not willing to go up to the full 2.

The premise, a woman is found in San Francisco with no memory; her fiance comes to get her; what follow is supposed to be poignant, raising questions about identity and love.

But the premise is spoiled by clunky writing and implausible plot points and the big reveal wasn't even that big a reveal.

Writing: on the day that Lucy and G
Mar 30, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Lisa Genova. While Genova writes a moving story around neurology that is captivating and heart wrenching and warming, filling the reader with hope yet not false promises, Jennie Shortridge is Genova's psychological counterpart.

The story is about Lucie, who begins the story standing in the San Francisco Bay, on the verge of hypothermia but only up to her knees in water. Problem is that Lucie has all the street and living knowledge of 39 years but her personal slate has been wiped c
The first page pulls you into the deep end. Lucie is found, standing knee-deep in the San Francisco Bay, dressed in her Armani suit. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. News coverage in hopes of finding her identity bring her fiance, Grady to her side, all the way from Seattle. Going 'home' does not jog her memory, Grady is a stranger to her, but she sees what a good person he is.

What we learn through Grady's thoughts and seeing post-amnesia Lucie is that the old Lucie wasn't all th
Read 7/15/14 - 7/17/14
3 Stars - Recommended to fans of "memory loss and love" stories, because lord knows this stuff's been done before
Pages: 326
Publisher: Gallery Books
Released: (in paperback) January 2014

I'm going to come clean and state that Love Water Memory is not my usual fare. But you know this already. You're scratching your head as you look at this and you're probably wondering what prompted me to pick this up. I know. I know. And you're right. You are absolutely right. It's much too ma
Marnie Kaplan
Sep 18, 2014 Marnie Kaplan rated it liked it
I've been thinking about good storytelling a lot lately. On Friday evening, I sat at the Rittenhouse Square Barnes & Noble with a friend and I read aloud to her a passage from another novel that I found amusing. She commented: "I've heard or seen something like that before. Maybe on a sitcom." This same friend recently read a book based on my recommendation and had similar feedback. "It wasn't novel. It felt derivative" She said she only likes books that are different. I've been considering ...more
Apr 10, 2013 JudithAnn rated it it was amazing
When there is memory loss involved in a story, you tend to think: thriller! Because you can tell a person with memory loss anything, and they have to believe you on your word. “You” being the baddie in the book.

Not in this case. This is a book about getting to know each other again, after a woman has suffered memory loss and is home with her fiancé after a short spell in hospital. Not only Lucie has to get to know her fiancé again, he, Grady, has to get used to this new Lucie, too. She’s is frie
Kim Erskine
Aug 11, 2015 Kim Erskine rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kim by: Mari Partyka
Shelves: for-alane, 2013
Why I picked it: I had read Jennie's book Eating Heaven which I just loved. When I saw that this book was available as an advance read on I jumped at the chance to read her newest novel.

Synopsis: Waking up knee-deep in the San Francisco Bay with no understanding of how she got there, thirty-nine-year-old Lucie Walker discovers she has no memories of her past or her loving fiancé, Grady. After being diagnosed with a rare form of amnesia, Lucie returns to her previous life with Grady
Dec 24, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
The book begins when Lucie finds herself standing in the waters of San Francisco Bay with no memory of who she is and how she got there. She is reunited with her fiancé Grady, and for the rest of the book, she tries to put the pieces back together and rebuild her life with Grady. As memories start coming back, Lucie learns that she wasn’t such a nice person to others and tries to make amends. Her fiancé, Grady, has his own struggles which are played out in alternating chapters of the book. A few ...more
Bèbè ✦ the Ryski  ✦
"What is love, she wondered, and what is memory? Where did the two intercect, and when would it no longer matter what came first..?"

This wasn't a thriller or the type of book that you may consider as an adventure. This is a heartfelt, deep story filled with raw emotions that makes you think about your own actions.

When Lucie Walker found herself at San Francisco Bay not remembering who she was, she knew that something terrible had happened. She had no memory of who she was but the things aro
Reanell Tisdale
Jan 21, 2014 Reanell Tisdale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story, it was different from my usual style, but I'm glad I signed up to read this one.

The story starts with Lucy "coming to" knee deep in water. She has no idea how she got there and no idea of who she is. Luckily there are people near and help her out of the near freezing water. She is hospitalized and has no recollection of how she ended up in the water, or where she came from. Her story is covered on the news, and soon a fiancé comes to take her home. But, how does she
Mar 10, 2013 Annmarie rated it really liked it
A tender, poignant novel about Lucie, who wakes to a state of awareness and finds herself standing knee-deep in the 60 degree water of the San Francisco Bay. Concerned strangers help her to shore, and she realizes she has no idea who she is or why she's there. A dissociative fugue state, the doctors say. Retrieved later by Grady, her fiancee, who has been searching for her for a week, Lucie gradually comes to realize at their Seattle home that she doesn't resonate with the driven, secretive, and ...more
Cynthia Archer
Mar 09, 2013 Cynthia Archer rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Thanks to Gallery Books and NetGalley for the chance to read it before publication. Where to start. I can't pinpoint exactly what I liked best, but I really didn't want to put this book down. Something about the story resonated in me and I liked everything about it. One of the ideas that I found intriguing about the book was the concept that a person can truly change. I think we would all at times like to change who we are and become someone better. Lucie did just that as she ...more
May 21, 2013 Christa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-arc
This was a touching story of a woman who finds herself suddenly in ankle deep water, not knowing who she is or anything about herself. The main characters, Lucie and Grady, were very sympathetic and likeable, and I wanted the story to play out well for both of them. The storyline caught and held my attention, and kept me guessing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be looking for the author's backlist.

Lucie suffers what the doctors tell her is a dissociative fugue, and remembers nothing abo
Sep 02, 2014 Charlotte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This book had an interesting premise, with the main character waking up knee-deep in the San Francisco Bay, having no idea who she was or how she got there. The slow unfolding of her mysterious past combined with the romance that has to be re-created between Lucie (the main character) and her fiance, of whom she has no memory, is well-told and interesting. I also enjoyed how the narrative switched between 3 different people.

The only part of the story that didn't work for me was Lucie's musical
Amnesia. The power of memory. Love. Family. I'm going to be thinking about this book for a while. I really enjoyed it.

Lucie loses her memories. All of them. I can't even imagine. This book explores what might happen to your life if you had the slate wiped clean. Would you have the same interests? Mannerisms? Values? Would you love who you loved before? Such an interesting concept. Great book--I definitely recommend.
Victoria Rainey
Jan 19, 2014 Victoria Rainey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romancebookworm
Lucie Walker wakes up in the San Francisco Bay and does not have any memories of anything prior to waking up. At the hospital they cannot find a physical cause for the memory loss and determine its emotional trauma. There she meets her fiancé Grady again. Lucie is a strong and determined woman who is determined to uncover the past that she hid from everyone around her. The Lucie that woke up in the San Francisco Bay is a much different than she was before.

Grady Goodall goes to San Francisco to b
Once Upon a Twilight
Jan 13, 2014 Once Upon a Twilight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
When it comes to memory loss stories, I am usually all over it. I like to follow the journey of how the person unravels this mysterious path of learning about themselves. It is having a self-discovery story along with mystery and thrilled all combined in one story, just like Love Water Memory. I was intrigued to learn of what happened to Lucie. From the very beginning of this book, I was captured by the writing and the “haunt” feeling of Lucie’s worries.

In the verge of parting away from her rel
This seemed like an interesting mystery. I wanted to know what caused the amnesia so I read the whole book through. There are a great many tidbits in the book that seem to be leading somewhere but are never really developed. Lucie's budding relationships with relatives and neighbors could have developed into something heartwarming but you never get more than a glimpse of the possibilities. I think I might have preferred a story about Grady's six sisters. I was ready to join their barbeque!

I felt
Jan 19, 2014 Karielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
"I'm not unhappy. I'm... I don't know what I am. I don't even know that." [Lucie] lowered the napkin. This was all coming out wrong. "Who am I, Grady? What makes me me? Why am I here with you?"

Lucie Walker used to be the kind of Type-A woman who meticulously planned everything: what she did at her day job, what she ate for breakfast, what she would wear to her wedding. Losing her memory two months before her 40th birthday was not on the agenda. After she is found knees-deep in the water hundreds
Dec 15, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Jennie Shortridge writes Women's Fiction with a bit of an edge. She often features characters who are slightly down on their luck, or who make spectacularly bad choices. When I realized that Love Water Memory utilized an amnesia plotline, I feared that she had jumped the shark. Not another "bump on the head turns a bitchy woman into a better person" story, I grumbled.

But fortunately Love Water Memory did not disappoint. True, amnesiac Lucie learns that in her former life she was a driven, sho
Apr 26, 2013 Tracy rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this novel, and I am sorry to say it fell considerably short of them. The concept- a woman who is found standing in the ocean with no idea of who she and the struggle with both her internal and external situation that follows. A bit soap opera? Possibly, but with such poetic reviews I was hoping for something a bit more subtle. It was, but not by much.

The narrative switches between two first-person perspectives, those of Lucie, the main character and her fiance Grady. The tr
What if one day you forgot who you were? What would happen, if one day your brain decided to erase all your memories, habits, personality.. everything that makes you you? What would you learn about yourself from bits and pieces of information offered by people in your life? What would you discover about yourself by looking at what you've accomplished so far? The things you've collected and cherished, but can no longer understand why or what for? Would you be happy with who you were? Who you used ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
We first meet Lucie when she is standing in the ocean in San Francisco. She has no memory and is taken to a hospital. They discover that she has no real physical injuries but she cannot remember her name, where she is from or why she was standing in the ocean. After her picture is broadcast, her fiance, Grady, comes to get her. While she doesn't remember him, she does feel some sort of connection. He takes her home and she still has no memory of the people or places. Lucie struggles to find her ...more
Lustful Literature

*3.5 Stars*

Water Love Memory is a sweet romantic story with some intriguing mystery thrown in. It is the story of Lucie, just two months before her wedding, shows up in a San Francisco lake standing in knee deep water. But she has now clue how she has gotten there, who she is and what she has done the last 10 days since she took off and left her fiancé. Grady is so grateful that they have finally found her and that she is okay, that is other than the amnesia and that fact that s
Can you imagine coming to in a strange place and not knowing who you are or how you got there? Your memory...wiped clean! Kind of a scary thought, isn't it? That is what happens to Lucie Walker.

When Lucie learns of her identity, she finds out she is engaged to Grady Goodall. When he picks her up at the hospital, Lucie's journey to piece together her past begins. What will she discover about her former self? Love Water Memory is beautifully told from the POV of three people...mostly Lucie and Gra
Mar 18, 2013 Joannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, ebooks
This review refers to the NetGalley edition.

My rating is probably closer to 3.5 stars. This is a good, solid book that is engaging enough to keep you reading (even if you're okay with putting it down for awhile) and connected to the characters (even if your eyes stay dry). The concept behind the story is striking, and one that could have been explored much more deeply - the relationship between love and memory - a la Proust even, but the author toes that line in favor of a steadily-moving plot.
PacaLipstick Gramma
Aug 25, 2013 PacaLipstick Gramma rated it really liked it
Shelves: gvwy
This book kept me turning the pages ~ when I KNEW I should go to bed!!

When I first started ready, there was a deja vu, I thought it might be similar Before I Go To Sleep (S.J. Watson). Not so! The psychological drama was not as intense, but you want to keep turning the pages! You are cheering for Lucie, Grady, and Helen ~ hoping they they will just TALK.

I thought the author created characters and situations that were realistic, and the story was not far-fetched. The flow was smooth, and not all
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Jennie Shortridge is the author of four bestselling novels: When She Flew, Love & Biology at the Center of the Universe, Eating Heaven, and Riding With the Queen.

She is an avid volunteer and mentor, and is co-founder of, a nonprofit collective of authors that raises money and awareness for literacy.

Her fifth novel, Love Water Memory, will be published in April 2013.
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