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The Memory of Us

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  9,689 ratings  ·  1,078 reviews

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 secret

Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
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Camille Maio So sorry to be a whole year late - gosh, how did I miss that? I don't have active plans to write a sequel, but I have had a story about Jane and Lily …moreSo sorry to be a whole year late - gosh, how did I miss that? I don't have active plans to write a sequel, but I have had a story about Jane and Lily rolling around in my head. Not so much a sequel, but a totally separate story about their experience as an adoptive mother and daughter. (less)

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Deborah Blanchard
This is one of the best books that I have read this year! It fills you with a multitude of emotions. I laughed and I cried, I got angry and I was sad. This is what a great book does, it makes you feel. I became immersed in this book. I felt a part of the story. The characters are richly developed and likable. There was one part where I got so angry at Julianne, though, it was a moment of vanity when she makes what I felt was a selfish decision. I don't want to give away the plot though. This sto ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

”[..] 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
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
It is 1961 in England and we meet a sad lonely woman who is about to give up on her life. She is a midwife, and her life ending action is interrupted by an urgent call from a neighbor to deliver a baby. The mother of the baby is in distress and a priest has been called for last rites. She recognizes the priest’s name from the past; a life that she has erased.

Twenty four years earlier, we are presented with the younger version of this woman named Julianne. She is being raised in a wealthy family
The Memory of Us follows a beautiful girl who discovered that she has a twin-brother that was deprived from her by her parents due to his inability to hear and see. Every week, she secretly visits him and there she stumbles upon a handsome man whom she instantly started having feelings to but the thing is, he is studying to be a priest.

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 adapta
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This will be in my top 5 for 2016.
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 in
Judy D Collins
5 Stars ++ My Top Historic Fiction, WWII, Best Romance, and Debut of 2016!

Top Books of 2016!

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 Catholi
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of The Memory of Us from NetGalley in exchange for my review.

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 s
Sep 12, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It seems to me that I couldn't possibly have read the same book that others have rated 4 and 5 stars. The Memory of Us that I just finished, and generously gave 2 stars, was poor to mediocre on all levels. The story line was pure simple romance. Rich girl meets poor boy who happens to be studying for the priesthood. Oh what an original quandary! ( not). And war intervenes. Whatever shall they do?
I speed read through much of this drivel.
Julianne Westcott and Kyle Mc Carthy seem to be ill fated l
Aug 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to be a naysayer since lots of people loved this book, but I found it painfully slow to develop and then when the main character pretends to be dead and gives her daughter away all because she's scarred and no longer beautiful, I just couldn't believe any heroine would be so selfish. As an avid reader of WWII fiction, I didn't learn anything new either. ...more
Linda (not getting friends updates at this time)
*Buddy Read with Oana*

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 star
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm very fortunate, as a book blogger, to have the opportunity to read so many terrific debut novels. The Memory of Us definitely fits into this category. I'm not normally into historical fiction, but I do read books that are highly recommended in that category. So many people were raving about this novel and now I can see why!
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. (
✨ Gramy ✨
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 Aukdibl
Pam Jenoff
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful story of a young woman's journey from pre-war life in Liverpool through the Blitz in London to the 1960s. Family secrets, lost love and the truths that set us free -- bring the tissues! ...more
Robert Erwin
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance reader's copy of "The Memory of Us" in exchange for agreeing to write an honest review of this new novel. It is a brilliantly crafted story in which true love and devotion take the reader right into the heart of the human soul. The author's attention to even the smallest detail transported me to a time and place of the not-too-distant past where I felt I was caught up in the events going on all around me. The author's use of "flash forward" moments is very effective in keep ...more
Jennifer S.
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many reasons that kept me from losing several hours of sleep, while reading, "The Memory of Us: A Novel." Each chapter left me needing to start the next. I was able to connect with all of the characters through their decision making. There were times I yelled, "No!!!" along with several, "Yes!!!" The authors historical detail of the times, pulled me directly into that era. I was able to see, feel, smell, what the characters encountered. Several times, I thought I had the plot all figur ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely amazing. The storyline is wonderful with vibrant and lovable characters. I was sad when the book was over. I cannot say enough good things about this book.
3.5 stars. For a first novel, this was well written and the last 30% were most enjoyable, full of suspense, making it a real page-turner.

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 c
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can usually at least understand why someone else enjoyed a book (that I hated) enough to give it four or five stars - but this one has me flummoxed. This book is *really* not good. The characters are one-dimensional, the plot is absolutely absurd, and the writing is clichéd, with dialogue that's completely unbelievable for the time period and setting. The "hook" was all about the protagonist discovering her blind/deaf brother, and I suppose we're supposed to be impressed by her devotion to him ...more
Nicole Waggoner
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Memory of Us is a stellar debut marked by its vivid imagery and intricately developed characters. I was swept away into Julianne and Kyle's story and quickly engrossed by the twists and turns. Mysteries do not always hold my attention, but this one had me reading late into the night. I look forward to reading more from this author. I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Tonstant Weader
The Memory of Us is a moving, at times heart-breaking inspirational romance by Camille Di Maio. There will be tears.

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.

Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4.5 Stars *****

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.

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Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my, what a debut!! I usually request books weeks in advance, but when I read the description on this one and saw the reviews, I just had to see what all the hype was about. This was an excellent read. So much love and so much sorrow and pain all in one story.

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
Lisa Steinke
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this novel!!!! (And I do not read a lot of historical fiction so this is high praise coming from me!) The storyline is wildly engaging. The characters are layered. And the writing is beautiful. Read this as soon as you can!
Christine Nolfi
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully interwoven novel of past and present with flesh-and-blood characters you won't soon forget. Highly recommended. ...more
“You are my vocation. I was made to love you, protect you, through the good and bad, and through every vow that will be asked of me.”

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 ho
Susan Peterson
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Memory of Us packs a powerful, emotional punch. It tells the story of Julianne and Kyle, star-crossed lovers whose future seems uncertain. Julianne is a beautiful debutante in Liverpool and Kyle is a gardener headed for seminary to become a priest. Julianne and Kyle are drawn to each other from the start, but their lives seem too disparate to envision a future together. When war breaks out in Europe, Julianne suffers a tragic accident, and she makes a heart wrenching decision to discard her ...more
Carol (Reading Ladies)
3.5 stars

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 enj
Heather Webb
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for a good love story and a bit of escapism, and this book is just that--and more. Di Maio asks questions of faith, familial expectations, and honor. I couldn't help but root for the very likable heroine Julianne Westcott and her love, Kyle McCarthy. In fact, he's salt of the earth, that handsome Irishmen who is all heart and passion for a wholesome and hard-working living. And Julianne is intelligent and brave in the way she chooses and faces her future,until all she ever loved is ...more
MaryBeth's Bookshelf
Set in Liverpool, England on the brink of WWII, Julianne Westcott has everything a person could want. Until one day she finds out about a brother she never knew existed, which leads her to meet Kyle McCarthy. Kyle is a gardener, but studying to be a Catholic priest. Against what her head knows is right, her heart falls in love with Kyle. She struggles with her parents expectations, Kyle's devotion to his faith, and her own personal feelings in this beautifully written historical fiction novel. ...more
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