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The Memory of You

(Return to Redemption #0.5)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,291 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published February 6th 2012 by LK Books
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2 Stars! I know it's fiction, but...really?!

The idea behind this story was a good one, and it could have been a great read if the author had focused on the issue at hand. I could rant, but I don't want my review to be as convoluted as this book was.

I know there are many readers that loved this book, and there was good in it, some very sweet and tender moments, but it was also crammed with so many unbelievable situations that I had trouble wrapping my head around all of it. It started out well
Diana Hockley
Dec 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

The premise of the soldier declared dead in Vietnam, imprisoned and then coming home after six years was okay - I believe that happened to a number of men - but after he left the military there were aspects of this novel which were just over the top.

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The Army supposedly not notifying his wife and his parents that he was still alive is way out of line. There would have been no ifs, buts or maybes - the
This copy was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Kindle Edition, published February 6th, 2012
LK Books

Having endured unimaginable pain at the hands of his torturers prisoner of war Lieutenant Matthew Foster, who served his country in Vietnam, is free at last after seven long years. His ordeal left him with broken bones, making him unrecognizable and emotionally damaged. Suffering from memory loss he goes by Paul “Mac” McCartney. Despite not knowing who he really is, “Mac”
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Memory of You by Laurie Kellogg

I have to say I love Laurie's writing. This is a heart felt, heart warming, heart breaking and one of the best romance novels I have read recently.

This story is about a young woman who fell in love and her new husband was sent off to fight in the Vietnam War. Years later is when the story starts off and we find out Abby has lost her husband in the war, she is a young mom raising her child alone and trying to build a new life with a man she will never love as sh
S.E. Nelson
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very well written book that was hard to put down. I could tell by reading it that a lot of research and thought process went into creating this wonderful story. The love story between Matt and Abby is realistic yet powerful. The story is also pays homage to POWs and other people who suffer the after effects of war. Well done. Very highly recommended. I am looking forward to reading Laurie's second book.
I didn't know what to expect when reading this. I feel the cover lets it down somewhat, and needs a revamp. That's MHO.

Inside the book was good though. Her fella goes off to fight in the War, its sad, funny and poignant, but it didn't keep my interest all the way through. I feel some of the story was just a little bit hyped. But I won't say more than that.

I was grateful for Aspendawn Books allowing me to read this via Net Galley.
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Poignant and funny, this book will tug your heartstrings as Matt and Abby discover much about themselves on the way to rediscovering each other. For those who lived through the heartbreak and divisiveness of the Vietnam Era, this touching Yellow-Ribbon story will bring you back to the days of Operation Homecoming and the triumphs and tragedies associated with reassimilating back into society.
Melody Cox
Nov 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
'The Memory of You' (Return to Redemption Book 0)

Abby can't forget the man she loves, who was taken from her when he left for Vietnam never to return. She thinks he's dead but Matt Foster, her one true love, has been a prisoner of war and he no longer remembers his life with her. She has been completely erased from his memory. When the government realized Matt is still alive they tell him about his wife but he has zero recollection. He decided he would write her, wish her well and move on with h
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a hard book to rate. What worked for it also ended up working against it. The backdrop of the early 1970's was incredibly unique, but with the exception of a few references to people and events the time period turned out to be pure wallpaper. You never really get the vibe of the 70's - the language and slang, the evolving gender roles and the fallout of veterans returning from the most polarizing war in American history. On the other hand, the 70's setting allows for more latitude in ho ...more
Lora Cumbie
This story started off very strong, with Matt coming to learn who he is, remembering his torture, vague memories of her in his dreams. The author's descriptions of some of the experiences Matt endured were gut-wrenching. I don't know if they are realistic, but it opened my eyes somewhat to what our service men endure. This had the potential to be a super-sweet and satisfying story!! In fact, the first half was definitely 5-stars!

However, it took a turn about halfway through. Specifically, once M
Anne Mackle

The first thing I have to say is I don't think the cover of this book does any justice to the story. The blurb above which can be read on all book sites really says it all and doesn't leave much for me to tell unless I give away the ending of the story.
You have to suspend your disbelief a bit in this book. You have to believe that Abby is so trusting that she would let a complete stranger into her house and leave her precious son with him.. A stranger who is thin,strange looking and is evasive a
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Even though overall I enjoyed this book, I had to rate it as just "OK" because so much of it was unbelievable. This book was recommended for fans of The Lucky One (Nicholas Sparks), so that's why I picked it up for my Kindle. They are both about war veterans searching for healing and love, but that's really the only similarity.

Matt is a Vietnam vet who has lost his memory of everything in his life prior to becoming a POW- his name, his childhood, his wife. When his identity is finally discovered
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one. This was a heartbreaking and poignant story. The parts where Mac remembers being tortured as a POW were hard to read but it explained so much about his character. The love story moved at just the right pace, actually I was rooting for them to hurry up and get together! I also like the story's theme that family is what you make it. You can love children just as much even if you didn't birth them. Just a great classic romance.
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Memory of You throws the reader back in time to experience a P.O.W. trying to reclaim his life, his lost years and his love. Kellogg writes with plausibility and grace to create a great page-turner. An impressive debut!
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is part of a Christian series that I've never read before. It has a Vietnam war pow returning to his hometown of redemption with no memory of his wife and son. She was told he had died and was about to remarry. They must decide if they can recapture the life they once had.
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Was an excellent read. I can see a movie done with this
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Memory of You by Laurie Kellogg tells us the story of 'Mac'. Mac was in the Vietnam War and ended up being taken prisoner. He is a POW for years, one day waking up with absolutely no memory of himself or his past. He doesn't know who he is or where he came from. He remembers things like math and everything to do with his Engineering degree, but the personal stuff? Nothing.

When Mac is finally back in the USA and in the hospital, he is identified as Lieutenant Matthew 'Matt' Foster. He was als
Jeannie Zelos
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Memory of You. Laurie Kellogg.

ARC supplied via Netgalley.
I've enjoyed some of Laurie's works before – always a simple easy to read romance with a solid storyline. This one was very similar to the usual, although I did feel some parts were either simplified or perhaps inappropriate for today’s influences. Its clearly set in the 60's/70's – the TV programmes and songs mentioned along with the whole Vietnam issue I recall strongly from my early teen years. The race issue was very different the
A. R.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that snuck in while I was reading other books and took over. I had a really hard time putting the book down and ended up a little disappointed.

"The Memory of You" is about Lt. Matt Foster who was taken prisoner during the Vietnam war. Presumed dead back home, he is released years later with no identity and no memory. Sounds fascinating, doesn't it? Once his identity is established, he learns he has a wife. Certain she has moved on with her life, he decides to let her c
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Memory of You is the prequel to the Redemption Series by Laurie Kellogg. It is an excellent book.
Lt. Matthew Foster was in Vietnam and a POW at the Hanoi Hilton for six years. Memories of his life before capture were erased by torture. He has no idea who he is. When asked by the Vietnamese captors, he said he was Paul McCartney or Mac. That was the only name that popped into his head. The years were hard on him and when he was released, he looked much older than he was. The breaking bones i
Matt was a POW during the Vietnam hen he was finally sent home at the end of six years, he had no memory of his personal life. The torture and lack of food cause Matt to be almost unrecognizable to his loved ones. Matt did not want his wife to know about him right away. He had this notion that Abby would have moved on and be in a "good" place in her life, maybe even remarried. Matt believes he has to know about her and their child before she knows he has returned. A number of incidents can occur ...more
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This book is the first I read of Laurie Kellogg's, and is one of my all-time favorites of any author. The story is so poignant and beautiful. I have read it numerous times, and each time I fall a little more in love with Abby, Matt, Tommy and Royce. I hated Rob the first way through and yes only because he was dating Abby and didn't want Matt to live in the house. Somewhere around the 3rd time reading this, though, even he grew on me.

I liked how Matt's memories came back a little at
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Story of a man who was held in a Vietnam POW camp for over 6 years and assumed dead, has come back to his family. Unfortunately, Mack has come back with a bad case of amnesia and horrific nightmares of his time in the camp. After undergoing many operations to restore his face from the torture he endured, his wife does not recognize him. And Mac finds her now engaged to another man. He takes on a role as handyman to stay close to her and their son. He won't tell her who he really is unless she lo ...more
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once upon a time there was a handsome prince, a beautiful princess, and a little boy. Only she wasn't a princess and the prince was a returning Viet Nam POW and not really a prince at all. This book is about a widow raising her son and the amnesiac POW who comes into their lives after being told by the military who he really is and that he has a family.

When you read about Matt's (Mac's) torture during his captivity through his nightmares and flashbacks, you wonder how he was ever able to survive
Nov 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Matt and Abby. I felt like I must have been reading a different book than most of the reviewers. Matt was a POW in Vietnam for almost seven years and he has traumatic amnesia. He finds out he has a wife and goes home to see how she's doing. He doesn't tell her who he is. He's a scruffy, skinny, homeless and jobless person that she doesn't know, and she invites him to move into her house with her and her young son?!?! Really?!?! She's engaged to be married to a man that she can barely tolerate hi ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I never expected a story about a returning Vietnam POW with amnesia to be such an amazing love story. This is the best one I have read in a long time.

Mac had been tortured and beaten so badly that he looked nothing like the man who left for the military, years earlier. He had been declared dead so his family had moved on. He was told he had a wife but he learned she was engaged. Not wanting to upset her life any more than he already had, he planned to send her a note, wishing her well. That wa
Debi DeBacco
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have never read a book before categorized as a “romance novel.” But I read this by accident since it was free Kindle book. Laurie Kellogg wrote a steamy book about a POW who develops anemia while a prisoner in North Vietnam. He was declared dead during the war but once released went back home to his wife whom he had married a few weeks before going to Vietnam. This is the story about their reconciliation. Even though this subject matter isn’t new in fiction and movies, the plot kept my attenti ...more
Jamie Taylor
Mar 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Likely the worst story line in a book I've ever read. Not one single scenario, scene, conversation or character interaction was believable. It was the most bizarre, unrealistic book I've ever read.

A strange, homeless man offers to paint a woman's house so she let's him live with her, agrees to let him be her son's "Dad", falls for him so much she calls off her wedding, and sleeps with him all in nine days. She hasn't slept with anyone in 7 years, btw so that's even more unrealisti
Christina Montminy
WOW is all I can say!!!! Laurie Kellogg has written an awesome story about love lost to the war. I've never felt such sympathy for any characters than I have for Abby & Mac(Matt). They married young because of an oops & he got called up to serve in the Army shortly after they did. After yrs as a POW he returns to find out his wife is about to marry & he has a son. What he does is amazing & I wish I could go further but I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read this book yet. This book ...more
The Memory of You, had a very good premise. A POW declared dead has been found alive. The quandary comes of what to do after. I was hooked with this in fact the start was extremely interesting, thought provoking and heartbreaking for Matt. But then somewhere along the middle it kind of lost its steam. I'm guessing there were too many elements going on that got in the way of focusing the story between Abby and Matt. The difference in who they were 7 years priors and the present was a wonderful pl ...more
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