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La Ballade Du Souvenir

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,426 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews

What if the only person who could help was the one whose heart you'd broken?

A captivating and heartrending novel of lost love, family secrets and betrayal from a major new talent.

'Memories are like spinning blades; dangerous at close range.'

Meg Powell and Carson McKay were soulmates. Until Meg inexplicably walked away and straight into the arms of another man.

While Meg set

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394 pages
Published 2009 by Belfond (first published January 1st 2007)
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Therese Fowler
Dec 23, 2008 Therese Fowler rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm kind of partial to this book, it being my first published novel and all. :)
Alison
Jul 07, 2008 Alison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
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.
Kathy
Aug 27, 2008 Kathy added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone. Tear jerker.
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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
Jul 07, 2009 betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2010 Vivian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Boris
May 24, 2015 Boris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read that before... somewhere:

There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.


This might not be much of a review. But it pretty well sums it up.
Lauren
May 21, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Eddi
Jul 19, 2016 Eddi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! I was engrossed in the story from beginning to end. Meg and Carson grow up as neighbors and best friends, sure they will end up together. But Meg makes a different choice, in an attempt to help her beleaguered family, and suffers the consequence of that decision, being in a loveless marriage. Meg is a gynecologist, and has a teenage daughter, Savannah, who experiences her share of teenage misguided decisions. And Carson's musical song-writing talent turns him into a famous rock ...more
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
Sep 10, 2009 Onewooga rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 24, 2009 Laura O'Tuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised by this book and I cried and cried and cried. Great!!
Chris
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY


Wow, tear jerker at the end. Much better than a 3 in my opinion.

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Ns
Oct 20, 2010 Ns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Sehar  Moughal
Dec 25, 2016 Sehar Moughal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collectables
At times, my eyes brimmed with tears. Maybe because they were unexpected - delivery so casual yet powerful. The text was a reminder about death, existentialism, love, peace and compromise.
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 liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Joy
Jun 09, 2012 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Lucimar
Jan 11, 2017 Lucimar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livro com profunda carga emocional, mostrando o aspecto nu e cru da vida. A história comovente de Meg e Carson, suas renuncias, suas paixões e suas escolhas. O amor, a família, a dor da perda ... Um história que te faz retornar ao teu passado e lembrar da paixão adolescente e do que poderia ser se a vida de desse outras oportunidades.
E como é bom ter alguém para nos apoiar nos piores momentos da vida.
Chorei a cada virada de página e não consegui largá-lo até terminar.
Karen
Mar 31, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Ashley
Jan 28, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Brenda
May 20, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Adrienne
Jul 12, 2008 Adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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JoJo
Aug 18, 2009 JoJo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Kristina
Aug 18, 2013 Kristina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nyss
May 29, 2012 Nyss rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Even if I love romantic novels, surprisingly, I do not like this book at all. I feel that the story is too contrived.

I knew the ending even before I was halfway through the book and that is not good at all.

I wish the twist was really a twist and not just a curve.

I wish that the love lives of the two female leads turned out differently because this one just reminds me of the soap operas I see on TV.

I do not recommend this book to anyone. Only those with nothing to do should read this.

Maybe I shou
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Theresa
This is Therese Fowler's debut novel and I really enjoyed the book. The story revolves around a women who is diagnosed with ALS and how she decides to live out the remaining days of her life.

Passage (pg. 355)
From Meg's journal

"Last point: for most of my life, I kept my best memories, my truest feelings, locked up so they couldn't knock down the facade I'd built. A very pretty facade, a respectable one, but a facade just the same. Almost too late I learned that happiness exists only in what's
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