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Love Water Memory

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  3,026 ratings  ·  549 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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Siv No. Aunt Helen desperately wanted a child and couldn't have one. Lucie became "her" child until tragedy took Lucie away, took her memory, and returned…moreNo. Aunt Helen desperately wanted a child and couldn't have one. Lucie became "her" child until tragedy took Lucie away, took her memory, and returned her with a deep well of (eventually understandable) anger. Helen longs for the child she never had as well as the child Lucie once was. She deals with her loneliness by giving her time to other young people.(less)

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Aug 12, 2013 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
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Unexpected, pleasant too close to home Stars

I went into this book barely knowing anything, and it was the best decision ever. I think if you go with too much information the story may be ruined a little bit for you. This been said I will try to abstain myself from discussing in depth or read it at your own risk.

I think the weakness for which I fell over, was completely the plot, I surprisingly related so much the main story. Not exactly for the events or the characters, but due to the emoti
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
Amy Warrick
Apr 16, 2013 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
Dec 05, 2013 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
Marnie Kaplan
Apr 14, 2013 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 whet ...more
Mar 30, 2013 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
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
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
Bèbè ✦ RANT  ✦
"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 th
Karen R
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Kim Erskine
Mar 12, 2013 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
Apr 10, 2013 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
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
Wisterious Woman
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
Reanell Tisdale
Jan 12, 2014 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
May 19, 2013 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
Feb 12, 2013 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 07, 2013 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
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
*3.5 Stars*I was lucky to receive an ARC of this novel, provided courtesy of Gallery Books. Similar to Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson (although without that book’s menacing edge) about a woman suffering with amnesia. Lucie, the main narrator, wakes up one day in San Francisco with no memory of her past. She is finally rescued and returned to Seattle by her current boyfriend/fiancé. The book follows her search for long-repressed memories (mostly of a damaged childhood) as she rebuilds her r ...more
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.
Karielle at Books à la Mode
Dec 12, 2013 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
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I saw the title I cringed. It reminded me of "Eat, Pray, Love" which I hated! But I read it and am so glad I did. It was a wonderful story that told about Lucie Walker, an IT recruiter living in Seattle who ran away from her fiance after a horrid fight. Lucie was found standing knee-deep in San Francisco Bay. If that wasn't enough, she had no idea who she was. Grady Goodall, her fiance, goes down to SF to collect her from the hospital. He finds a woman he does not know and who does not know ...more
R.L. Maizes
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennie Shortridge's novel LOVE WATER MEMORY is a page-turner about identity. Well-developed characters, fantastic plot. Though I'm well into my next book, I'm still thinking about this one. Looking forward to reading her other novels. ...more
Jennifer McLean
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucie finds herself standing knee deep in freezing cold water in San Francisco bay unable to remember who she is or how she got there. She is taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a dissociative fugue state and has been missing for 8 days. When her fiancé Grady comes to pick her up and take her back home to Seattle she doesn't recognize him or remember anything about their life together. When she's home she also doesn't remember the house or anything personal in her life. Lucie struggles to r ...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
Dec 09, 2012 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
Dec 09, 2012 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
Kathryn Bashaar
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
There are some topics a refuse to read about: Amish people, Vampires, other supernatural creatures. And there are other topics that I am always attracted to. Amnesia is one. I'm a big sucker for stories about amnesia.
In this one, Lucie comes to consciousness standing knee-deep in San Francisco Bay, with no idea how she got there or who she is. A few days later, her fiance claims her at the hospital and she goes back to live with him in their home, but she is changed and still can't remember anyt
Victoria Rainey
Jan 19, 2014 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
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Jennie Shortridge is the author of five bestselling novels: Love Water Memory, 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.

Jennie is currently working on a memoir.

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