The Memory of Us
Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalized since birth, the illusion of her perfect life and family shatters around her.
While visiting her brother in...more
”[..] I was meant to be with you. You were my vocation [..]”
Julianne Westcott is a beautiful, young socialite, and at eighteen has the world at her feet. Pressured on one side by her father to enter his shipping business and on the other by her mother to marry well into a prominent, upper class family, Julianne wants to determine her own path. She enters nursing school.
When she discovers she has an institutionalised, deaf and blind twin brother, Charles, she begins secretly visiting him without ...more
Twenty four years earlier, we are presented with the younger version of this woman named Julianne. She is being raised in a wealthy family ...more
1.) plot - To be honest, I am still speechless over this novel for it was such a good one. This is one of those type of books that deserve to get an movie ...more
This book was recommended to me by a Goodreads friend who said this book had my name written all over it. Judith, you know me!! She shared the book trailer, a short video, that drew me in immediately.
I loved this romantic historical fiction set just prior to World War 2.
Julianne grows up believing she is the only child of wealthy parents. After stumbling upon some papers in her mother's dresser, she learns she has a brother who is blind and deaf left in an ...more
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Camille Di Maio’s smashing debut, THE MEMORY OF US is a poignant and timeless epic story, of love and loss. More sweet than bitter, more triumphant than tragic. A passion both ageless and timeless.
Two young adults pressured by family--a course navigated by parents, rather than their own.
"Inspired by the song Eleanor Rigby, "The Memory of Us" is a story in which a Protestant socialite and a...more
This could have been an outstanding novel. Unfortunately the story's execution fell short of its engaging premise.
We first meet Julianne Westcott as a deeply depressed middle-aged woman on the verge of ending her life when she is called to assist with a difficult home birth. When a priest arrives to administer last rites to the mother, Julianne recognizes him as her long-lost first love, Kyle McCarthy. The ...more
I speed read through much of this drivel.
Julianne Westcott and Kyle Mc Carthy seem to be ill fated ...more
The premise was interesting and the setting was wonderful. A fraternal twin who was blind and mute, a daughter from a marriage that was broken years ago and a young man on a journey to become a priest. Ms. Di Maio has talent -this is her debut- and I am keenly aware that future stories will continue to evolve and get better.
Narrated in first person tense, the POV belonged to Julianne Westcott; it worked for and against the romance’s development. The historical fiction ...more
I was intrigued by the title and the cover. However, the blurb and some reviews disturbed my anticipated peace of mind because of the extreme chasm between love and sorrow experienced therein, guaranteed to leave the reader emotionally conflicted. So, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality this first-time author was able to produce. The narrator was equally valuable in providing an outstanding ability to deliver exceptional performance. I was able to access the audio version through ...more
I could relate to Julianne, the lead character of this novel. Even though she was way younger than me when the story started out, she was still easy to sympathize with. ...more
My problem was I thought it was a historical novel with a bit of romance; in fact it is a romance with a bit of history. For example, life during the Blitz in London was described in just a few pages, whereas the build-up and love story between Julianne and Kyle took about 22 chapters. This is great for fans of romantic novels, but I was looking for something ...more
The story opens in 1961 in a small village in England when a woman in the process of committing suicide is called out to deliver a baby. It turns out she is a midwife, a sad, lonely woman who has given up on life. The delivery is difficult, the mother is dying and the priest arrives to perform last rites and he turns out to be someone from her past, her lost love Kyle McCarthy.
I wasn't expecting to cry.... but there were tears.
A wonderful forbidden romance between a handsome boy studying to become a priest and the daughter of a wealthy family. I couldn't put this down.
The romance is clean but is full of sweet attraction. I'll definitely be reading more books by Camille Di Maio in the future.
I was totally engrossed in the life of Julianne and Kyle and stayed up all night reading it. I know better than to start a book after midnight, but I felt I would read a little and then sleep. Before I knew it, the sun was coming up and ...more
I enjoyed Di Maio’s newest releases, The Way of Beauty and The Beautiful Strangers, so I was eager to read this back title. The Memory of Us is a mix of light WW11 histfic, romance, and women’s fiction. A quick and easy read, it is a compelling story if you don’t mind plot twists that rely heavily on coincidence. I did appreciate the themes of faith, friendship, sacrificial love, desperate times, forgiveness, family, regret, second chances, loss, and reconciliation. Overall, it’s an ...more
Dear readers: I have a dirty mind, indeed.
I say this because going into this book, I was thinking I was in for a deliciously scandalous read about a woman who falls in love with a priest, a la The Thorn Birds (to make it even dirtier for you, I will confess that I watch The Thorn Birds every Holy Week, because why not watch a scandalous miniseries during the ...more