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If you enjoy films like "On Golden Pond" and "Ordinary People," you'll love To Leave a Memory, the heartwarming story of a troubled family's victory over a devastating tragedy. The clever dialogue, surprising humor and the poignant ending will make you feel like the characters of the Ward family are just like your own.

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Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published December 10th 2015 by A.M. Chai Literary
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Aarti Patel
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama, fiction
What I like about Pat's book is how it tackles one of the big inner conflicts many people face: whether to say "it" out loud or not. "It" can be the blame you feel toward someone, the apology you wish you could express, regret at how things turned out, or just a "how are you doing?" after a change happens in life. It can also be the appreciation you feel deep down for someone. Andrew, Lizzy, and Jane are all well developed characters in the book who face different angles of this struggle within ...more
Tess Ailshire
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a charming family story, but it seems to me it lacked the true character development that would have made it an outstanding story. While all the pieces fit together, they didn't seem to be to add up to a coherent whole. I'm not sad I read it, but I didn't put it down thinking "Wow. What a great piece." It seem to lack a tie of any kind.

There were a few word misuse cases, probably most notable to me because this was the third book in a row - different genres and different authors - I've
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Liz Kramer
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good reading heart warming down to earth real people with real life happening

Touches the heart brings many memories to mind from my own life experiences good ending feel at peace when story is finished
Marilyn Davis
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming story of a dysfunctional family dealing with a stubborn family member’s issues. Loved this novel. Beautifully written.
Jill
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really cared about the family. Interesting and believable characters.
Sylvia
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Writing my Memories!

I almost didn’t download this beautiful heartwarming, amusing novel. Would have been my loss; once started couldn’t put it down. Loved all the characters and characters they are! Found myself chuckling at Andrew and Litzy! What a ride!
Stacey Roberson
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. What a tender story about a family all marked by the tragic death of a son/brother at age 18. I really enjoyed the writing style and character development. This book will have you laughing and crying as the story unfolds.
Thank you to the author for a chance to read this wonderful book.
DebbieMike Lofland
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was an awesome book! She is an amazing author! I highly recommend this book! A must read for sure!
Lisa
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Uuuugh I probably should not have read this book scarcely a month after my mother had a stroke and passed away. But I loved it. Andrew was an unabashed shit. In the end it all came down to love. I enjoyed Andrew's character development, and Lizzie's. The ending was fantastic and I probably would have ugly cried had I not been on my lunch hour. Loved, loved, loved it. ...more
Barbara
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful book! Made me laugh and cry and left me with a warm feeling.
Joyce Christian
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When my husband and I decide to take a long road trip, the first thing I do is find a good book as I enjoy reading aloud for my husband to enjoy too. On our latest trip, I chose “To Leave A Memory,” which promised to be a heartwarming story of a family’s struggle to overcome a devastating tragedy. Lizzy and Andrew’s marriage was becoming stagnant and she is considering leaving her husband, especially since she never forgave him for the car crash that took the life of their son, 30 years ago. The ...more
Jean Hagan hennagin
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Have you ever read a book that you wished had a prequel and a sequel? That’s how I feel about To Leave a Memory. It’s a family drama, with humor thrown in, about an older couple questioning their marriage as a result of failing to deal with a family tragedy many years earlier. I wanted to know more about the couple’s, Andrew and Lizzy’s, lives before the tragedy. Were they happy together? How different would their marriage have been if they faced the tragedy together rather than apart? In the bo ...more
Debbi DuBose
I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. This is my honest opinion of: To Leave a Memory, by Pat Dunlap Evans.
THIS IS AN EMOTIONALLY COMPLEX NOVEL THAT IS EXCEPTIONALLY WELL-WRITTEN! TO LEAVE A MEMORY: SHOULD BE ON EVERY BESTSELLER LIST IN THE USA. I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS STORY....
This is an incredibly difficult novel for me to review, because, I have also lived through the loss of a child. However, it was inspirational for me, also. The family in this story mimics the same feelings that
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Callitia
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from a goodreads giveaway for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. The story line is wonderful. An older couple that has been haunted by the most tragic event... the loss of a child and how they cope is at the center of this narrative. Other stories intertwine: the remaining daughter and her relationship with her parents and husband and own children, the memories of a childhood and Andrew's relationship with his parents and siblings.

When Andrew suffers a debilitating str
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Pam
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story about a family and how they survive a horrible tragedy made by a wrong decision. The characters are a cranky old husband/father, a sort of psychic wife/mother (I loved her), their daughter and three funny grandchildren. The story is about forgiving and coming back to where you belong. I cried and I laughed out loud. I think this would make a great movie and I want Meryl Streep to play Lizzy.
Kimberly
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Memories

This story addresses the inner writer in all of us. I connected with the characters each on a different level; they were so real that I expect to walk out my door and see one of them in the local grocery. The story itself is an easy read, yet gives plenty of food for thought. It never quite left my thoughts, even when I put it down for the night. Adult readers of all ages will find something of interest in this book.
Reed L Bates
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read! I was hooked from the beginning and didn't want to put it down. I laughed, cried, the whole wide range of emotions. It kept me wanting to know more about the characters. THIS SHOULD BE A MOVIE! ...more
Judy
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful surprise , their was so much going on you couldn't put the book down for fear you would've missed something. Will be looking forward to her next book. ...more
Rita
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Got into the characters immediately. Very cleverly written. Would highly recommend it.
Cheryl
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy from Goodreads Giveaways. It's a story about a dysfunctional family which was caused by the death of a son/brother and the guilt following. The plot is then complicated by a stroke the patriarch experiences and his need to make amends. The entire time I was reading I kept thinking I am so blessed to have my Faith where forgiveness is always present. These poor people were not so redeemed. ...more
Melinda M
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
To Leave a Memory by Pat Dunlap Evans is about a family that had things change in an instant. One event leads to others and includes family drama It is not may normal read. It was ok.

I recieved a copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway.
Diane
Oct 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
The second I read a snarky, ignorant political comment is the the second I dump a book.
Sandy  Lusardi DeSiervo
I enjoyed this book very much. I didn't want the story to end. Highly recommend. ...more
Sheila Dugan
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Brought up childhood memories

I'm not sure just what I expected when I began reading this book. I thought the "present day" parts got way to repetitive and several times I considered not finishing the book, there are too many really good books to read, why get bogged down with one I was not enjoying ? In the end I was glad I finished reading it. I enjoyed the "ANDY" chapters the best . Being a dog lover I really enjoyed Andrew's relationship with Walter.
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Pat Dunlap Evans was born in Michigan, but at age two, her family moved to San Antonio, Texas, and later to Dallas, where she attended South Oak Cliff High School and Southern Methodist University. Dropping out of school to support an early marriage, Pat eventually completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the English/Creative Writing sequence at University of Missouri, Kansas City, where h ...more

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