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The Memory of You

(Sanctuary Sound #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  4,878 ratings  ·  376 reviews

When Steffi Lockwood returns to Sanctuary Sound to start over, she has no idea she’ll also get a second chance with her first love.

Steffi Lockwood has survived more than most. Recovering from an assault, she returns to her coastal Connecticut hometown to rebuild her life the best way she knows how: with her hands. But starting a remodeling business with one longtime fr

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 364 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Montlake Romance
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Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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THE MEMORY OF YOU (Sanctuary Sound Book 1) by Jamie Beck is a second chance contemporary romance and so much more. Besides a well written romance, life is very messy around both the H/h with close friends, family and major life issues pulling them in all directions.

Stefanie Lockwood returns to her hometown of Sanctuary Sound after a brutal attack has left her with memory lapses which she brushes off as something time will heal. Steffi is a
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
3.5 Stars

Many thanks to BookSparks and Netgalley for the chance to read this book early!

The Memory of You by Jamie Beck was a cozy story to get lost in for a few days. I enjoy books like this one featuring realistic characters with simple lives I'm able to delve deeper into. In some ways, this story reminded me of a Nicholas Sparks book with its second chance love story and its simplicity.

Women's Fiction has been a comfortable genre for me to read this year and I was exceedingly happy to pick up
.Under the pages
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ten years ago Steffi left Ryan and her hometown behind so she could explore what life could give her. Now, ten years later, she’s back home trying to get her life back on track after going through a brutal assault. Along with her roommate, she’s running a remodeling business and her most recent job is on Ryan’s mother’s house. Which is completely fine because he’s now a married man, living in Boston with his wife and nine-year-old daughter.

Or maybe not… because he’s actually back.

I don’t know ho
Princess under cover
Yes another loser. I just don't like the heroine thus far, and how she broke up with the hero when they were young. Nothing dramatic, just immaturity, but then I honestly don't want to spend time reading about things that are too "realistic" as to be uninteresting and mundane.
E-Reader Addict
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Try as I might, it’s hard to go into each book by an author I like without having preconceived ideas. To manage my expectations. Of course, no one picks up a book by an author they like and thinks “oh, I bet this one isn’t going to be any good.” Especially not when it’s one of your favorite tropes...the second chance love story.

When I received the email saying I’d been approved for an ARC of The Memory of You, I actually squealed and did a little yes fist pump. So I was really looking forward t
Ten years ago, Steffi and Ryan had taken their passionate romance from high school to college, when she became overwhelmed by their commitment and decided to bolt. It wasn't her finest moment. She ghosted him without warning and disappeared from his life in order to find herself. She's now back in their small hometown, Sanctuary Sound, building up a renovation business with her best friend while still recovering from a vicious attack which has left her with concussion and memory lapses and perha ...more
Oh Jamie Beck, I had high hopes after you dialled down the angst in When You Knew but obviously the stress was too much and you've reverted to type in this latest novel.

Stefanie Lockwood ghosted her high school boyfriend Ryan Quinn after she realised he could persuade her to give up all her dreams of leaving Sanctuary Sound and exploring a life full of possibilities. Now, after a brutal attack leaves her with a recurring concussion problem she has returned to Sanctuary Sound to set up a construc
Dnf at 18%
There is too much happening in this book. Too many characters with complicated Uber-angsty backgrounds and complex relationships.

But that wasn't what stopped me in the end. It was this:

The alleged victim claimed that Ryan's client, O'Malley, had raped her. After reading through the file, Ryan had his own theory.

The victim had prior arrests for prostitution. Meanwhile, his client had an IQ of seventy. His gut told him that the victim tried to take advantage of O'Malley and when O'Malley
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
I really liked this book which is the first in a romance series. Steffi was an interesting heroine and her story, particularly around her assault and the resulting trauma, was an important one. Not only is this book a good romance, but it also has a lot of substance and explores the issue of trauma very effectively. This is more of a cozy romance than a super sexy one. It was nice to visit the world of Steffi and Ryan while also having a bit more of a complex story than a typical romance. I defi ...more
Lori Boyd
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars for this quick read. First book I’ve read by this author, and would read other in series. Characters are flawed, likeable and relatable. Situations are realistic. This book is a great break from thrillers or heavy dramas.

Thanks to NetGalley and Publisher for this ARC. Opinion is my own.
Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
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Received a review copy from NetGalley.

One of my favorite Woman's Fiction authors, Jamie Beck, brings us a new book series set in Sanctuary Sound, Connecticut. The Memory of You has all of the signatures true to a Jamie Beck story and will guarantee a few heartbreaking themes as well as heartwarming.

This series brings a certain divergence from a typically book by Jamie Beck. A form of PTSD plays a major role in each of the heroine's lives and
Char (1RadReader59)
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story has a lot to offer and that gave me some really good reading. It had so many layers to be peeled back from this second chance romance.

You have Steffi Lockwood a woman who although all woman and sexy as hell. She never was your “girly girl” type. She was an all-out soccer athlete who could go toe to toe with guys on the field. One being her crush and boyfriend Ryan Quinn. There was only one set back. Like her dad and brother’s, he had definite ideas on how and what their future shoul
Up All Night With Books
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Memorable Stars
Review by Amy
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Jamie Beck’s The Memory of You will be one that stays in my memory for a long time. The first book in the Sanctuary Sound series has stolen my heart!

When Stefanie Lockwood returns to her hometown to start over after a life-shattering attack, she finds her path crossing with her ex-boyfriend who is openly still holding a grudge from when she broke up with him unexpectedly years earlier. Hired to renovate his mom’s house,
A Klue
The memory of this book is going to go down for me as mostly featuring a “boo-hoo is me”, whiny, unforgiving hero, who is mad at the world. By 40%, I was fed up with his never ending mantra of all the reasons he felt justified to stay angry about everything, especially towards Steffi, the heroine. The angst between these two became exhausting. I found myself wanting Steffi to tell him to go “stuff it” and shoot him a smile and mental middle finger every time she saw him. Yeah, kill that dude wit ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75/5. This book features a sexual assault survivor, which was interesting, but it could have been handled better.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I always feel terrible saying this, but unfortunately I just couldn’t even finish this book. I had trouble connecting with the story and the characters. The writing did not draw me in, and much of the conversations felt stiff and all over the place. This is my first book by this author, so maybe it’s just a one off. This was a miss for me.
I liked Steffi a lot, but I didn’t realize any hints of her true trauma until Ryan did. That means she read like she was closed off, stubborn, and in denial for the majority of the book. And Ryan’s anger over their breakup seemed over the top, these two are the king and queen of not dealing with things. The dynamic keeping these two apart wasn’t enjoyable at all.
Rose Blue
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

At age nineteen, Steffi Lockwood did the unthinkable, and ghosted her lover, Ryan Quinn. Though she truly loved him, he could always convince Steffi to see things his way. Steffi wanted to do some travelling before they married, while Ryan didn’t want them to be separated at all. Knowing how weak she was, Steffi chose to abruptly end all contact, and leave Ryan behind. After weeks of unanswered calls and messages, heartbroken Ryan has a rebou
3.5 Stars rounded Up

I’m a newbie to Jamie Beck’s writing so I jumped into the story without any expectation whatsoever. All I based things on was the blurb - the second chance tale it promised and it didn’t disappoint!

This book is the first installment of a new series (which taken in the town’s name) that revolved around a circle of friends who‘d grown up there, including Stefanie Lockwood. “The Memory of You” told her life after she went back to Sanctuary Sound following a brutal assault in the
Miranda Knight
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ryan Quinn had his heart shattered by his high school sweetheart, Steffi Lockwood. He thought the gorgeous Val was the answer to his prayers. But returning to his parents house with his daughter, Emmy after his marriage to Val failed--Ryan realizes that Val wasn't the only person at fault for the failure of his marriage.

Steffi Lockwood is starting a new business with her best friend Claire. She doesn't have the option of being picky who her clients are--even Molly Quinn, who Steffi hasn't spoke
Ruthie Taylor
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the first story in a new series by the talented Jamie Beck - her Cabot series was excellent, so I was delighted to get the chance to read this book. The premise for the series is set out early on, and we know the three main protagonists - I rather liked this as it made me think about each woman and their impact on each other. I am curious to see progress in underlying stories through the future installments. I di
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via Netgalley.
I have mixed feelings about this book: it was too slow till 60%, but then i quickly warm up with it.
I will give it 4 solid stars.
Firstly, i took this one because i liked the blurb: “the heroine dumped her bf”, it was refreshing, too many assholes heroes dumping their “true love”, blah-blah-blah...
I was curious why she did it? The
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via Netgalley.
I have mixed feelings about this book: it was too slow till 60%, but then i quickly warm up with it.
I will give it 4 solid stars.
Firstly, i took this one because i liked the blurb: “the heroine dumped her bf”, it was refreshing, too many assholes heroes dumping their “true love”, blah-blah-blah...
I was curious why she did it? The
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ms. Beck loves to give her readers female characters that have made it out of tough situations. From the beginning, Steffi pulls at your heartstrings with the bewildering, tragic flashbacks & concussion symptoms. Claire & Peyton should see what’s going on with their friend but have issues of their own that they are struggling with. Now, Ryan Quinn, Steffi’s high school boyfriend, is back in town with his daughter & his mom is matchmaking. She’s remodeling part of her house using Steffi’s company ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
This was my third book by Jamie Beck, and my favorite thus far. She deals with difficult subjects in her novels. This book still dealt with some heavy subjects (assault, divorce, betrayal), but I think Beck managed to make it a little lighter by injecting more playfulness between the characters and by having the little girl play such an integral part of the story.
Emotions played a major part in the story. Steffi and Ryan were an item in high school, but when Steffi went off to college she broke
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t
3.5-4 stars.

What an emotional read.

Here we have Steffi and Ryan, they are coming back to town for different reasons in their lives, but soon the find that old feelings hardly die with time.

Steffi is dealing with some serious issue from her past, and Ryan with his wife leaving him and his daughter. So, they are both not in the best of places. Because of this (and others) this read is more on the angsty side. These two have a lot to work out, not just the couple stuff.

Even though it wasn’t a bad b
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Simultaneously too much and nothing at all going on in this story. The author threw all these issues (trauma, rape, cancer etc) and obstacles (betrayal, heartbreak, adultery etc) on the table and then did nothing with them. She just used them as props but there was very little plot otherwise to give them substance.
Serious issues were all sort of glossed over, particularly the heroine’s assault/trauma. If you’re not willing to give serious issues the time and consideration they deserve, don’t us
Arrington (agirlandher_books) Moore
A huge thank you to BookSparks and Amazon Publishing for a early review copy of this book.

The Memory of You is the first in an upcoming Sanctuary Sound trilogy. I cannot wait to travel back to Sanctuary Sound in the next book. This starts the story of Steffi and her high school friend Claire starting their own construction/interior design company in their hometown. One of the first jobs they get is at the childhood home of Steffi's former boyfriend that she ghosted in college. She quickly comes
Bette Hansen
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. At the core it is a wonderful second chance romance as Steffi and Ryan are reunited after ten years, Ryan's failed marriage and his precocious little girl. The story is so much more though. Ryan is finding his way as a single dad as he works his way through a rough divorce. Steffi is happy for the second chance she has been given withe Ryan but it's clear things aren't as wonderful for her as she tries to portray. Whatever her issues Steffi needs to face and deal with them befor ...more
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