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Things Remembered

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  404 ratings  ·  46 reviews
“Bockoven is magic.”
New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter

A fabulous repackaging of this deeply emotional novel from the bestselling author of Beach House and Another Summer, Georgia Bockoven’s Things Remembered is a heartrending tale of family and the healing power of love. This intensely moving story follows a young woman’s difficult homecoming to Northern
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published October 1998)
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Raising three granddaughters and learning that they never changed as adults was what Anna found out when she needed her granddaughters to take care of her.

Karla was the granddaughter who always made sure things were settled and in order, and Karla was the most unlikely to help but the one who did come to help Anna. Returning to her home town and sleeping in her childhood bed brought good and bad memories back for Karla. The bad ones included not really getting along with her grandmother, but th
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book started out extremely slow for me. It was extremely repetitive and overly sappy. Anna and Karla appeared to have the same, heavy conversation every other paragraph. I didn’t particularly care for Karla, I thought she was such a pushover concerning her sister Grace.

By the way, I wanted to punch that girl in the face. And no, I don’t think she redeemed herself in the end.

Honestly, I would have been much more interested in reading Bill and Heather’s story. They seemed like a loving couple
Brandy Bacala
Sep 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through a first-reads giveaway.

Things Remembered reads like a sappy made for tv movie. The characters in this book are one dimensional, and I couldn't relate to any of them or their experiences. Karla seems to be a multitude of contradictions: she's bitter and filled with anger yet bears no hard feelings toward the ex-husband who cheated on her and she's a seriously devoted business woman who spends no time actually working. The author includes a few recipes at the end of t
Kimberly Jones
Jan 05, 2019 is currently reading it
Shelves: dnf
Seemed like it was going to be a really good book, but halfway through, it was a struggle to keep reading.
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I finished this book a few days ago and didn't have time to update... Although this book took me much longer to read than any of her others I have read...

I liked the story but it was very alow moving at the start. I wish i had realized before I was done that this was reprint of a book from 1998. I didn't understand why no one had cell phones etc until after I was finished. If I had known prior, it probably would have cleared up some of what I thought were inconsistencies in the plot.

I liked th
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
Really nice story of grandmother and grown grand-daughters all with special memories of growing up with their grandmother after the sudden deaths of their parents. Do we ever remember things they actually happen? Nice read. Definitely chick lit.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it

2.5 stars
(I round up)

I liked the idea for the story. I liked the ideas for the characters. But it was a slog. Uneven characterization and pacing, so much telling instead of showing (11th grade English), and chock-full of treacle. I like sentimental when it's done well, but this book was cheesy when it should have been charming.
Some good moments -- enough to keep me reading and hoping for more -- but ultimately disappointing and forgettable.
Kathie D
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mel PL ordered 03/19/19 very good hard to get books by this author in large print
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Every family has one person who can be depended upon to take care of things, no matter the personal cost. Karla Esterbrook is getting tired of being that person. Nevertheless, she arranges to have someone run her coffee shop for a month and makes the drive to northern California to help Grandma Anna get her estate in order.

Anna knows she does not have much time left to make things right with her eldest granddaughter. Anna loves Karla’s younger sisters, Heather and Grace, but the impact of the de
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Karla Esterbrook finds that in order to move forward on must face the past. Her past consists of being the oldest of three girls that suddenly lost their parents and were shipped between family until finally going to their maternal grandmother Anna, of which she has a very complicated relationship with, she has an ex husband that has left her in debt and a store she always dreamt of owning. Karla finds herself being in charge of preparing the estate with Anna and start settling all the affairs. ...more
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it
It's sort of slow and not action packed. But that's OK, not all books need to be that way. I admit I read this book because I liked the cover and then I read the synopsis and it seemed interesting. Karla comes home because her grandma, who raised her and her two sisters is sick. Karla has resentment/anger towards Anna, her grandma. It all eventually comes out and theirs forgiveness. Of course the sisters all have a different role, Grace is irresponsible and always needs to be helped, Heather is ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this sentimental read that reminded me of a Hallmark Christmas movie. It is the story of Karla returning to her grandmother Anna's house to help put her affairs in order. Karla and her sisters were raised by Anna after the death of their parents. Anna is 85 and suffering from congential heart failure. Both she and Anna try to make amends from the many misunderstandings and hurts from Karla's childhood. The story is more of a reawakening for Karla as she learns the meaning of family and ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever finished a book and thought whatever I read next will never be as good? That is what when I finished Things Remembered.

Things Remembered sucked me in from page one and I could not put it down. Karla's grandmother, Anna, raised Karla and her sisters after their parents death. Karla goes back home to help Anna get her affairs in order because she is dying. Returning home brought back good and bad memories for Karla. Karla and Anna re-discover themselves and find love that they never
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was extremely painful to read. It took me over 6 months to dedicate myself to the last 150 pages. I was impressed by the author's descriptions of places throughout California, especially northern California but that is about the only good thing I have to say. The plot did have potential but unfortunately it fell flat in delivering. After many chapters of build-up Karla and Anna's story just became uninteresting. The story began to focus on Karla reforming her life and opening up her he ...more
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my February book off Kristin's of Kritters Ramblings bookshelf.

If you haven't read Georgia Bockoven before this would be a great place to start. This story is very heartwarming. When you start reading you will immediately have a connection with the characters.

This story reminds me to enjoy and cherish my time with my girls. Having traditions and making memories to pass down to the next generation is important. I did have a few tears while reading since I have lost my mom. This story is
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Karla Esterbrook is dreading the return to her childhood home. She's not going because she wants to, she's going because she has to. Her grandmother Anna is dying of congestive heart failure. Karla isn't going home to profess her love for her grandmother. She's going to help Anna get her will in order. There's no time to deal with feelings, this visit is purely for practical reasons. But this visit will be more than they bargained for.

Oh, I'm such a sucker for family dramas. I was instantly draw
Maryann Fox
Loved this book about 3 sisters and their grandmother that raised them after their parents were killed.

A story of things remembered (memories) between the sisters and their grandmother and of the eldest sister who was estranged from her grandmother but in reconnecting realizes truths about herself and they remember memories about a mother/daughter.

A story of acceptance and of love both former loves, new love, reconnected love and love that will span future gnerations.

I loved this book and did no
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Georgia Bockovens "Das Haus meiner Großmutter" ist ein Familienroman voller Emotionen. Obwohl der deutsche Titel im Vergleich zum englischen (Things remembered) etwas abgedroschen und lieblos erscheinen mag, ist die Geschichte doch selbst eine herzerwärmende und intensive Auseinandersetzung mit familiären Werten und dem Lauf des Lebens. Der Roman eignet sich perfekt für einige Stunden auf dem Sofa, nicht zuletzt auch weil sich der flüssige Schreibstil der Autorin und die Handlung flugs lesen las ...more
Mrisa Henry
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it


Was this book sappy, similar to a lifetime movie? Yes. Do I happen to love lifetime movies? Yes. Was this book extremely predictable? For sure.

Although the book is beyond formulaic, cheesy and completely predictable, I enjoyed it. I think the best way to describe this book as 'guilty pleasure'. It's a sweet, heartwarming story, a quick read (especially since I have no power since Sandy). The characters leave a bit to be desired, but the story had its mome
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Three sisters are raised by the grandmother after their parents die. Years later Karla returns home to help settle her grandmother’s affairs as she is dying. But there are problems not only with her grandmother but with her sister. This is a story of forgiving and forgetting the past and the imporatnace of family.

If you enjoy sappy Lifetime or Hallmark movies, then this is the story for you. Beautifully written; but easily forgettable. The characters are okay, but sometimes irritating and one-di
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fast and engaging read and I could easily relate to the family dynamics of the sisters and the concerns of having an aging parent or grandparent. It is a sweet story and a perfect fall/winter read as it is set over late October and flows into Christmas and beyond. Things Remembered is good pick for anyone who enjoys books about family and relationships.

You can see my full review and a recipe inspired by the book here:
Marcela Sara
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, own-it
I got this book in a First Reads Giveaway. It took me a little while to read this book because sometimes in was rather repetitive and predictable. But it was also overall lovely. I've lost many loved ones in my life starting at a very young age. I learned first hand the different ways people grieve and attempt to understand their loss. The characters in this book were amiable but sometimes contradictory. The recipes at the end of the book were a great surprise! Thank you!
Nancy Rossman
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Don't you hate it when a book's plot seems to resonate with you and you begin, in earnest, to be taken in only to have a huge disappointment with it as it progresses? Well, that is this. The writing is fine, not great but certainly of an accomplished writer. But the plot line is predictable (and I am the last to guess, so it must be elementary, and yet I thought there would be surprises or twists I hadn't anticipated but no. Not there. A fairly quick read but not so enthralling.
Karen Szymusiak
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story of family, love, memories, tradition. Karla and her grandmother have never had a good relationship, but as they come together, the relationship changes over time in subtle ways that tug at your heart. I am so glad I read this story because it rests on so many things I value as important and meaningful ... stories retold, memories, moments with family, traditions, strength of character, steadfastness and the power of love.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever finished a book and thought whatever I read next will never be as good as this one? That is what I thought when I finished Things Remembered by Georgia Brockhaven. Things Remembered had me from the first page and I could not put it down! This is a story of family and healing and the real meaning of finding your way back home. Buy it -- and read it right away, and cry and laugh and have your heart broken and healed again
Kathy Roling
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
From reading a note from the author, this book had been previously published (before cell phones and tablets)and had to be updated for today's audience. A very good story about family relationships
and the inability of some family members to communicate with each other. At the end of the book, the author had several recipes...I'm going to try the mincemeat fruit cake!
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

Three sisters lose their parents at a young age and after being shuttled around they end up at their maternal grandmother's house to be raised. Each react to this trying time in different ways and it was so interesting to read how one moment can affect each of the three sisters.
Jessica McReaderpants
I could not finish this book. It has been over 6 months and I STILL can't bring myself to finish it. If a book even has a wiff of romance in it I am usually all over it. This I just didn't get into. I think it was because I didn't like the main character or her spoiled sister. Anyhoo this book was not for me. got to page 237 and couldn't do it any more.
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
what a great book. This is a wonderful story of family and forgiveness Karla lost her parents as a young girl and with them the ability to really love. reluctantly she goes home to help her grandmother and learns to love again. the writing is wonderful and the author does a great job of capturing the dynamics of a family
Cheryl Titus
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I cried, laughed, got mad, and wished there was more when I reached the end. It did start a little slow but once it picked up I really enjoyed it and could relate to some of the relationships.
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Georgia was a Army child, who after a successful career as a freelance photo journalist before she turned to fiction writing. Published since 1983, she is an award-winning author whose books have sold more than four million copies worldwide. Her romance novel, A Marriage of Convenience, became a CBS movie in October of 1998 starring Jane Seymour and James Brolin.

Married wich John Bockoven, she is