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The Edge of Memory

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  16 reviews
When your childhood is cut short by murder and treachery, it's not easy to live a normal life. At the tender age of nine, Harriet witnessed her father beat her mother to death, and she holds herself partially responsible. Still haunted by half-memories, guilt, and disturbing dreams, she has constructed a solitary and joyless existence, with little room for men or romance. ...more
Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published December 12th 2017 by First Edition Design Publishing
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Wanda Adams
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Harriet's a survivor living in New Jersey That is, until the lawyer for whom she's working as a temp dies and she's left without a job. She's not sure how she'll pay the rent or keep her cat in cat food until, by chance, she meets Agnes, a wealthy widow, whose great passion is enjoying and supporting the arts and other important non-profit causes. Agnes asks Harriet if she'll accompany her--with pay--to the museum. When Harriet agrees, she apologizes for the condition of her car. "Oh, no, dear, ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting profile with bit of mystery.

Harriet was only nine when her father beat her mother to death. Harriet has blocked the memories but still has always felt responsible and unworthy to be happy. As her thirtieth birthday nears, she decides that she must change her life. Fate steps in when she meets a rich elderly widow, Agnes, who hires her as a companion. Agnes asks Harriet to accompany her to her summer home in Maine. Bit by bit Agnes gets Harriet to step out of her comfort zo
Linnea Tanner
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Edge of Memory by Maura Beth Brennan is a contemporary fiction book about a socially-awkward young woman, Harriett, whose life has been torn apart by the murder of her mother by her father when she was nine years old. Though her memory has been repressed of the event, she is still haunted by nightmares and self-doubt about herself. After working in temporary jobs, she has an opportunity to become the companion to a rich, elderly widow in a small town in Maine. Little did she know how the exp ...more
Jan Sikes
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Harriet is a flawed character with low self-esteem, social awkwardness, and a tremendous burden of guilt. She was only nine when she witnessed her father murdering her mother. She'd convinced herself she could have prevented it and dreams haunt her nightly - dreams of her mother screaming and her running away from the screams. Why didn't she help her? Her life takes a huge turn with a wealthy elderly woman, Agnes, hires her as a summer companion. The story is set on the beautiful coastline of Ma ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
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I found this book very interesting. It is all about the main character Harriet. After watching her father beat her mother to death at a young age she starts to think that maybe it was her fault. So she is a little shaken up and unsure of herself. Fast forward a few years later and she befriends an older woman named Agnes. The two women become very close friends when Harriet starts visiting Agnes since she wants companionship. It is then that Harriet leans that her past might have left more scars ...more
Joan Hall
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Every once in a while, I like an easy-to-read book. Edge of Memory by author Maura Beth Brennan was such a story. But just because it was quick reading didn’t make it any less enjoyable.

Harriett is a woman on the edge of her thirtieth birthday. When she was nine-years-old, she witnessed her father kill her mother. She feels guilty for not doing something to help. Her self-esteem is low, thanks in part to the aunt and uncle who raised her, and her memories from before her mother’s death are vague
Karen Ingalls
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Harriet is a shy young woman who lacks self-esteem and the inability to remember a memorable event in her youth haunts her. She takes a risk by taking a job as a companion to an elderly widow for the summer. Many changes occur and Harriet learns how to groom, dress, and make conversation. Yet, there is a major obstacle to her happiness. A nephew of the widow is jealous of Harriet and fearful he will lose his inheritance.
A good read.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this story! Totally relatable main character. Good mystery. Looking forward to more.
Apr 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read. I liked the main character, Harriet, and related to her growth over the period of the story.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was just not a fan. Everything about this book said first time writer.

The characters were not well written or developed. In the first part of the book these two characters, Agnes and Harriet, know nothing about each other and then all of a sudden they feel like grandmother and granddaughter? There was no real connection that prompted that feeling though. It was the same with Eli too. After two weeks, all of a sudden she loves him and is wondering why he wasn't telling her he loved her and is j
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Edge of Memory tells in 57 short chapters, interspersed with a few diary entries, the story about Harriet. It is an easy,gripping read about Harriet as she becomes a companion to a lovely, friendly elderly lady, Agnes. Harriet has to battle her nasty And incomplete childhood memories while trying to protect Agnes. The plot is straightforward, the characters are clear on who is good and who not. In the end all is solved and Harriet even finds happiness. This book is a good fireside or beach r ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable story. It's predictable but in a good way. Harriet has hit the crossroads in her life. So far she's had a traumatic childhood and an abusive marriage. She's on the brink of changing her life for the better when she loses her job. By chance, she meets an old lady Mrs Bertram and they get on so well and have so much in common that she decides to be her companion. There are a lot of ups and downs. Because of her traumatic background, she has a damaged self-esteem but I still found quit ...more
Michelle Castaneda
The Edge of Memory by Maura Beth Brennan is the story of a girl who lives largely alone after seeing her father kill her mother. Always having blamed herself, it takes meeting an elderly woman and her grandson to help her see another version of the story. The idea for the book was good; however, I thought that the characterization could have been developed more. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher. These opinions are entirely my own.
Ella James
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Mar 18, 2018
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I found this an easy read and the main characters were very likable. The story follows Harriet who at the young age of 9 witness her Mothers murder. She has spent life just drifting from job to job, that is until she meets Agnes. Agnes is a lovely older lady who requires a companion. The story follows Harriet as she falls in love, protects Agnes from her money grabbing nephew and finally as she discovers th ...more
Jewel Hart
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Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished reading this book. I enjoyed reading this book, found it an easy read. The characters were likable Harriet has had a troubled past, suffers with flashbacks and gets very anxious. Agnes was a lovely old lady who although is very well off, doesn't look down on Harriet. I soon realised that Alex was going to be trouble. This is story has a little bit of mystery and romance along the way. ...more
I am reviewing this book for Maura Beth Brennan, First Edition Design Publishing, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review.
Harriet witnessed an awful scene in her childhood and she now has nightmares and flashbacks to her mother’s murder. She becomes a companion to an elderly woman and discovers herself right in the middle of another mystery.
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After an early retirement, Maura Beth is thrilled to return to her childhood love - writing stories. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, watching old movies, rummaging in thrift shops, walking her bossy but adorable spaniel, and, of course, reading. She has studied Reiki and is a believer in positive thinking, serendipity and second (or third or fourth) chances.

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