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Sweet Memories

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,480 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
This is the unforgettable story of a man, a woman and everlasting love. She is as innocent as she is unsure. He is a proud, sensitive man whose feelings run deep. But will a bold decision she makes alone destroy the promise of their love? A powerful novel of passion and dreams by four-time winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Medallion Award.
Paperback, 347 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Mira Books (first published 1984)
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Miss Kitty
Dec 13, 2007 Miss Kitty rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of super melodrama
A big-tittied-girl named Theresa still lives with her parents even though she's 25. She's always been shy around new people and especially new men since they tend to gawk at her teeny frame and huge knockers (the author repeatedly mentions Theresa's teeny frame so you don't forget it). One day Theresa's brother brings home fellow band member and pal, Brian Scanlon. Brian has been secretly fixated on Theresa for awhile but she doesn't know it. Theresa falls in love with Brian over the Christmas a ...more
Liane
Jul 09, 2010 Liane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book was ridiculous. Granted it was written in the 80s so it's a bit dated with regards to female body shape, but it was a miserable excuse for a romance book. The girl is obsessed with her own breasts, and along with some bad experiences in school she pretty much hates herself. Then the guy Brian comes along and he is also embarrassed by her rack. So exactly how big are we talking about? 34DD and the author goes on and on as if her boobs are dragging on the ground. Are you kidding? I think ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Not quite the standard I expected from the woman who wrote one of my favorites, but this book was somewhat enjoyable. I was a bit bothered, however, by the story's overall message; that Theresa was only able to accept herself post-surgery. I mean, I get why she had it done and I'm all for it, but it took surgery for her to like herself even a little bit, and that was a bit sad to me.
LadyCalico
Aug 10, 2016 LadyCalico rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I usually enjoy LaVyrle Spencer books, but this one was the pits. The answer to this woman's "problems" was so obvious that it was like the characters were all avoiding the 500-lb. gorilla in the middle of the living room. I would have to call this an idiot plot--everyone in the book had to be an idiot or there would be no plot. There comes a time to quit whining and just deal with your issues--and these characters had long passed that point, so all the angst just didn't work; it merely sounded ...more
Mary
Nov 11, 2012 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I may have liked it better if Theresa wasn't so immature, whiny, way too overly sensitive (to the point of being mostly stupid) and naive all the time. I am not saying I don't understand how uncomfortable she was with her chest size (I myself am top heavy haven been a size C in 8th grade and have never been any smaller than DD after 9th grade) but really, how stupid and idiotic are you if you don't realize that especially when a teenager all guys are just pigs and duh all they think about is sex ...more
Jane Stewart
Nice, but not engaging enough. It was easy to put down for other things.

Theresa is 25 years old with extremely large breasts. She hides from life and is full of angst. Kids in school made fun of her. Boys and men stare at her breasts and grope her. Her older brother Jeff is in the air force. He brings home his best friend Brian for Christmas. Jeff told Brian about Theresa. So Brian is forewarned not to look at Theresa’s breasts when he meets her. She was surprised and pleased that Brian did not
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Jennifer
Feb 24, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
LaVyrle Spencer is a great writer and that comes through even in the dated silliness of this book. At parts, the old fashioned sensibilities of the book felt sweet and gentle and homey -- at other parts they just made me giggle. I read some of her other "contemporary" romances and they didn't feel as dated as this one; I don't know if it was the plot line or the age of the characters but everything about this book felt like reading a romanticized version of Forever, without the characters breaki ...more
Nolan
Jul 04, 2016 Nolan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nls-audio
This is one of the most unusual romances I’ve read. It presents an issue that I’ve rarely even considered, and it handles those issues in a rather sensitive impressive way.

Theresa is 25, still living at home with her parents and 14-year-old sister, Amy. Her brother, Jeff, is in the military where he made friends with Brian. Both of them play music, and both have plans of leaving the military and forming a band.

Jeff plans to bring Brian home on leave for Christmas. Naturally, Theresa is looking f
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Elci
Just sweet and adorbs as fuck.

Another reread.
Ana T.
Feb 11, 2011 Ana T. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I started this book with some expectation because it seemed to approach a different subject than what you usually see in romance. Usually heroines feel bad because they are not enough endowed not because they are too endowed.


I could understand some of Theresa's problems like choosing the clothes that cover the most, always try to hide her chest and how she slowly reacted to Brian. However I think the book felt dated in some particular areas - like Theresa's relationship with her parents or her m
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Lyuda
Aug 23, 2014 Lyuda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
This was one of my least favorite books by LaVyrle Spenser. The story dragged and felt dated. The heroine was a very unique, one whose problem I hadn't encountered in the romance stories yet. Theresa was a shy, 25 year-old music teacher with overlarge breasts. Since she developed them in early adolescence, this physical characteristic determined her outlook in life. I felt sorry for her at the beginning and later when she described all the teasing, bulling, grouping she encountered as well as ph ...more
Patricia Hullet
A story of a young woman who is very much an introvert due to the fact that she has large breasts. It could have been a very good story but the author dragged it on and it wasn't very believable that the young woman was 25 years old and never thought of having breast reduction surgery at all. I only kept reading it to see if her brother's friend really was in love with her or just playing her along. Also, there was a lot of sex scenes that were way to descriptive for my taste. I mostly skipped t ...more
Jade Lauron
This one is a little too naive for me. It's not just about a wallflower, it's about a woman overly conscious of her enormous breasts, who, in the end, learns about reduction surgery. Seriously, though, who hasn't ever heard of this surgery? The issues and circumstances won't be at all novel for those who happen to have large breasts, and for the rest of us, we'll have a hard time garnering sympathy for this one-dimensional heroine.
Virginia Markhart
I would not recommend this book to anyone. Had a good story line. 25 yr old girl who struggles with sexual issues mostly due to having huge breasts. She falls hard for her brothers friend who pays attention to her. She has breast reduction surgery and lets herself go free. I was bored with the whole thing by the time the book ended. Way too graphic with the sex scenes.
Kathy
This book focused way too much on the girl's issues with her body. It was written several years ago. Many novels can stand the test of time, but I didn't feel that this was one of them. I know someone who absolutely loved this book, but I would rate it as just OK.
Carol Hassett
Dec 18, 2012 Carol Hassett rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reads
really...how many different ways can you write about french kissing? It would have been a good story without the constant tongue action...and we are talking pages and pages of it...she's a much better author than this book portrays her to be
Gemma
Jan 12, 2011 Gemma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit too "after-school special" for me. I know it was written in the 80s, so maybe breast-reduction surgery was a bigger issue then.
 Gigi Ann
I like LaVyrle Spencer, and even though she is retired now, this was not a favorite book of mine.
Robin
Sep 08, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read for reading cove group, ok book got on my nerves a bit at times.
Michele
Jan 16, 2013 Michele rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful - pathetic - can't believe I actually read this all the way through.
The Reading Cove Book Club ❦
TBR Potluck Challenge - most thought it was dated and too sappy.
Dawn
Nov 05, 2012 Dawn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was an odd book - it was very old fashioned even for the 80's
Meghan
Mar 20, 2011 Meghan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Weird. Awful. Book. But I finished it.
Avel Rudenko
May 29, 2016 Avel Rudenko rated it it was ok
This book was published quite some time before my birth. I know things have changed between now and then but in today's terms, much of the references and ideologies regarding relationships mentioned in this book; have outlived and expired their stay and are no longer applicable to the world we live in today. The author overused and overdramatized the self-conscious self-image aspect of having a large rack. She squeezed and beat every bit of milk out of making it seem like it's a bad thing, to be ...more
Laura
Apr 22, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, But Not Great

This was the third book that I've read by LaVyrle Spencer and I was disappointed. So far my reading experience with this author is going downhill fast. I began with Family Blessings which is great, but Sweet Memories leaves a lot to be desired. Spoiler Alert! I understood that Theresa was the person she was because of her extremely large breasts, but I got so tired of hearing about them. If she would've had the breast reduction surgery about one third of the way through the book
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Becky
May 03, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Theresa Brubaker is an introvert, self-conscious, carrot top, freckled, 25 year old virgin who was given the evil of being too well endowed. She has been harrassed, ridiculed and casted out because of her DD size. All boys and men ever wanted from her was a "feel." Her family is everything to her and she adores her brother Jeff. For the holidays, Jeff is bringing home is Air Force buddy Bryan. Bryan already knows alot about Theresa through Jeff and her lack of self esteem and how she hides behin ...more
Marleen
Jun 04, 2012 Marleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: lavyrle-spencer
This was a sweet story, although a bit too naïve for my taste. The subject matter of a person’s disproportioned physical attributes defining his/her relation with the outside world is extremely important. This subject should not be taboo, on the contrary it should be more often introduced into (romance) stories. Nobody is physically perfect! Still here in this story it was all very cotton-wrapped, sugar-coated and dealt with in the best possible way. Most people aren’t as lucky as Theresa Brubak ...more
Traci
Aug 15, 2016 Traci rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well.... I'd hate to think of how I'd been seen and treated in this world, seeing as I was "cursed" with a chest beyond her Gigantic DDs.

The way this author treated large breasts was extremely insulting.

I've read two other books by her and enjoyed them so I will try and put this horrible book out of my mind.

There was one part I did like, I found it rather amusing and pretty sweet, and that was when the father finally stood up to the mother. While I may not have hated the book, my issues with
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Samantha
Jan 07, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this is the fist story I ever read from LaVyrle Spencer and ever since I have fallen in love with her writing style. Sweet Memories is definitely one of those stories that touches you because it talks about one woman's journey to body acceptance and maturing along the process. The romance portion of this book is - in a way - quite innocent, the letters and conversations Theresa has with Brian are ones to surely make you swoon and then make you want to further see how their love will develop t ...more
Joy
Sep 11, 2011 Joy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this book was so so...i really like the main Hero Brian alot..he was really well written..i could just melt with the description of his hands...but boy he must have a royal case of blue balls...i don't know one single healthy young american male who wouldn't be getting a little something on the side waiting for theresa so get over her big boobs and her 25 year old virgin self..come on now...this book was based in modern times..a double d boob size isnt all that large especially since she is a si ...more
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LaVyrle Spencer is an American best-selling author of contemporary and historical romance novels. She has successfully published a number of books, with several of them made into movies. Twelve of her books have been New York Times bestsellers, and Spencer was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 1988.

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