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The saga of a compelling backward journey through a broken mind

Paige Lyman, an accomplished psychiatrist, is on the verge of madness but she doesn't know it yet. The madness begins when she gets it into her head to write her memoirs. As her brilliant mind assembles bits and pieces of her life for the book, ugly skeletons, long forgotten in the closet, begin to rear their h
Published by AuthorSuite Books (first published October 16th 2014)
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Shashane Wallace
In Take Back the Memory, a woman Paige goes through her experiences with love while she was growing up. The story takes you from Africa to the States. First, I must say this story isn’t your usual romantic read that deals with fairytale love where the heroine and hero can do no wrong. In this book, there are more gray areas than there are black and white. It explores a woman’s vow to get back at her first love who chose the church over her. Paige is by no means an innocent and she is a woman who ...more
Cecily Wolfe
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very in-depth and emotional exploration of one woman's journey to discover more about herself, her past, and her relationships. This was incredibly thought-provoking and was less entertaining than (at least for me) a compelling story that made me look at my own responses to others in my life with whom I have close relationships, and the value of appreciating who and what you have rather than waiting until it is gone to be sorry for the loss. Abandonment, trust, and the real meaning of loving s ...more
P. Zoro
Take Back The Memory is a flashback of Paige Lyman’s eventful life. She is on the verge of a psychological breakdown, and her daughter persuades her to seek help. Though she is an accomplished psychiatrist, she submits to Dr. Wilson’s free association method to draw her out and find the cause of the emotional distress. Thus unfolds the story of Paige’s life and all the juicy details.

The book is basically a biography centered on the sexual awakening and adventures of a young girl who fancied her
J.B. Trepagnier
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was an interesting foray into the mind. I liked Paige and even when she thinks she is getting revenge on the priests, they aren't really all that good to start with. One steals money, one invites her to a love nest when she is 18, but still in high school, etc.

I'm not going to spoil the book, but I often times wondered what was so important about Bill if she was so young when she knew him. The author threw in a twist and surprised the hell out of me at the end and I was like, "wel
C. Gonzales
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
First off, I really like this cover. I believe it captures the intensity of the character and the barrage of emotions it takes you through.

Secondly, I loved the writing ability and emotion that Augustine Sam was able to evoke in me. From the ups and downs that Paige had to go through, to her heartache and path to each decisions she made, I really felt it come through the pages.

A beautiful journey that shows that everyone has their issues and that it isn't impossible to come back from things or
Tracy Dunn
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was astonished how many people didn't "get" the need for the sex scenes in this book. They're well written and not gratuitous. This is a book for grown-ups and I mean that literally and figuratively. Sex drive plays an important part in the human psyche, which is ultimately what Paige, our main character, is trying to de-mystify. Paige is a psychiatrist psycho-analyzing herself. She's suffered terrible disappointment (not tragedy), but her inability to let things go is her downfall. In her imm ...more
Trang Tran (Bookidote)
The story is about Paige, a famous psychiatrist who turns to a psychologist to seek help and identify the source of her trauma. As the story unfolds, you will know why she did all of her actions and you understand better how an event can transform someone's life forever. A lot of Freud's notion of psychanalysis inside this novel: how childhood is determining for someone's behaviour, sexual desire and so on. A little warning: a lot of graphic sex. Pratically the entire adventures of Paige has som ...more
Diana Febry
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like a romance with depth that looks at the powerful emotions and powers associated with love and the loss of love and are OK with frequent sex scenes then this book is well worth a read. I was quite surprised myself at how involved I became in the read and the traumas of Paige as she experienced first love, boyfriends, marriage, betrayal and loss although I did quess the twist to the story early on. As an aside I also thought it portrayed the often claustophobic feel of being an only chi ...more
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. I liked the character Paige alot. There was sex scenes in it but over all I enjoyed it and the story of Paige. I was given a copy of this book for a review
Mariyam Hasnain
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Some people prefer to make mountains out of a molehill. I don’t think life is worth that. I’d rather make a molehill out of every mountain.”
Truly enlightening these words are. There are many other references related to love, life, and heartbreak and I admired author’s capability of expressing such deep thoughts with such an ease.
I loved reading Take Back the Memory and felt completely engrossed as the book uncovers Paige’s life layer by layer.
Though I must say the book does contain the graphica
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paige is a very interesting character as the book unfolds you see the reasoning behind what she does. Revenge is a very powerful and can make you do things you normally would not. I understood where Paige was coming from and her reasoning. I have to say at times she was a likeable character for me even with all she does. Losing someone close to you can change you when you spiral out of control as the past comes closing in on you, with so much hurt and pain it is easy to give in for payback. The ...more
Tony Parsons
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Manhattan, NY. At the request of Diane (John wife, Paige’s daughter), she suggested to her mother Dr. Paige Lyman (50+, psychiatrist, BS, MS, PhD, Yale) seek some counseling.

Paige was seeing Dr. Terry Wilson (clinical psychologist) on a regular scheduled basis.
He was using the Free association technique on her in their sessions.
She was reliving her childhood memories when she lived in Kenya, Africa, with her 2 parent’s: Edward Lyman (Paige’s dad) & Kathy Lyman (Paige’s mom, retired kindergart
James Sillwood
Soon after Paige Lyman's husband dies, her daughter notices that she's talking to herself and behaving oddly, and so persuades her to see a psychiatrist.
Beginning with her childhood in Kenya, Paige's story is told via a series of flashbacks during her meetings with Dr. Wilson. As a seven year old, she has a friend, an Irish boy called Bill, who returns to Ireland a few years later when his father decides he should train for the Priesthood.
Paige is left feeling bitter and betrayed. In revenge (
Saradia Chatterjee
Take Back the Memory is a woman’s journey into the depths of her mind. The journey involves encounters with appalling secrets and agonizing realities. Paige Lyman is a psychologist turned patient who looks back on her life and tries to come to terms with some dizzying secrets and disturbing memories.

Take Back the Memory is more than just a novel—it’s an experience. It is always very challenging to write a book that primarily deals with psychological aspects. The reader is often left in confusion
Shin The Bookworm
This read shocked me over and over with Paige's actions but despite those, still I didn't hate her tho I loathed those priests: father Ted who invited Paige for an excursion, father Cochran with the elegant villa where he and Paige stayed for the summer, and father Fitzgerald who stole money from the church to finance Paige's lifestyle and their trips.

A story of love, heartbreak, pain, revenge, sex, lust, marriage, betrayal and forgiveness..... A story of Paige's flashbacks of the Irish boy who
Stephanie Lasley
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable Read 4.1 Stars

Paige Lyman, an accomplished psychiatrist, has skeletons in her closet that she is unable to face. Her daughter, Diane, is worried about her sanity because she has started talking to herself, like she is giving a speech to an audience. Diane thinks this might have come about because of her father’s sudden death. Paige does consult a fellow psychiatrist, Dr. Wilson. During their sessions Paige uncovers many distressing memories about her past. Can Paige overcome her reveal
Crystal Lindsey
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, this story was deep and I felt as if I were reading a personal rendition of a woman's life instead of a story. The emotions I felt were almost beyond what I can explain. The sadness of a confused young woman constantly desiring the boyhood treasured love kept locked in her heart.
The self contained hurt so powerful that she threw herself into being someone other than who she really was.
I was shocked to read how the Catholic priests' could desire physical relations with women so much an
P Bee
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an absolutely fascinating story. The writing is excellent and filled with wonderful imagery from Paige's memories. The story opens with Paige's daughter concerned for her mother's mental state. She convinces her to see someone and the complicated, beautiful story is unraveled for the reader.

This book is suspenseful, heart-wrenching and an emotional roller coaster. It was well worth my time as a reader.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very interesting to me. I really liked the character Paige in spite of some the things about her in this book. The author took us with this character on a journey that was unforgettable. This was a great way to write a book. * This book was given to me from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Naughty Book Blog
3.5 Stars
There was things I loved about this book, things I liked about this book and things I would have preferred a little bit differently. Overall, the writing is thoughtful and beautiful. There is a lot of heart and emotion in the characters. Big points for character development, especially with regards to Paige.

Paige is quite a naughty girl. After her childhood love is forced by his father to abandon his life for the Priesthood, Paige is emotionally devastated. She carries that hurt and an
Barry Blokes
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take Back the Memory was an interesting look at the life of Paige, a psychiatrist on the other side of the interaction, as a patient spilling her life for a colleague from the couch at the request of her worrisome daughter. Some of the other reviews mention the sex scenes, but I felt that these were in no way obnoxious or unnecessary. These scenes, graphic they may be for some readers, are essential in understanding the demons that plague her thoughts and have shaped her life and behavior for so ...more
Mahathi Ramya
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take Back the memory is like an autobiography of Paige.The story starts when Diane is worried about her Psychiatrist mom Paige when he behaves in an odd way by talking to herself and a parrot. Diane convinces her mom to see a Psychiatrist and Paige explains all incidents of her life to the Psychiatrist. Basically, this story is about the love life, her sexual encounters and heartbreaks of Paige.
The narration and the details are very good. All these revelations are to know the cause of her depre
Cherie Mitchell
I found the writing style of this book a little difficult to read, though I know that others will adore it. I kept getting distracted by seemingly out of place descriptions which took me away from the scene and dropped me somewhere else entirely (ie, describing the noise a woman makes during lovemaking to the sound of an onion squealing on the grill - in my head I was instantly out of the sex scene and preparing dinner).

The premise of the story is good as the MC is taken back through pivotal poi
T.M. Raskin
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I cannot in good conscious give this book 3 stars. I've combed it for attributes and could only come up with enough for a two star rating. Usually, I like to start off my reviews with a pros and cons list however, I'm not going to do that here. I don't want to list all the things I found unpleasant and struggle to explain the things I did like about it. What I will say is that the author portrays a command of the English language that is im ...more
Queen Spades
Note: This work was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I am a believer that the blurb should tell the contents without revealing the whole of the book. This blurb tells about seventy-five percent of the book without one having to read it. That, in itself, causes the work to lose about ½ a star from the gate … at least for me.

As a suggestion, Take Back the Memory should have a disclaimer in the blurb about the erotic content. I’m no prude—people know that one of my favorite g
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paige seems a successful psychiatrist until her husband dies and she spirals into a black void.Her daughter becomes concerned when Paige begins talking to herself and urges her to seek therapy. While reversing the situation into becoming the patient herself Paige is asked to relive her life and pulls a few skeletons from the cupboards.

She fell in love while growing up in Kenya, Bill was the love of her life but he mysteriously left her and eventually became a priest. She never got over this ulti
Alex McGilvery
Paige is a successful psychotherapist, but the recent death of her husband has sent her into a tailspin. Her daughter convinces her to seek therapy which she reluctantly does.
Her story starts in Kenya where she’s fallen in love with a boy named Bill. His is whisked away by his father to join the priesthood leaving Paige heartbroken. This heartbreak stays with her and becomes the driving force in her life.
At eighteen she returns to Africa and loses her virginity to the son of the ranch’s owner. W
Sreesha Divakaran
Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Summary: Paige Lyman is a psychiatrist who becomes, you could say, unhinged after her husband’s sudden death. Her daughter insists that she meet a doctor. She reveals to the psychiatrist (a colleague of hers in the medical world) that she grew up in Kenya and was in love with a boy named Bill, who left her to become a priest. She turns vengeful, and seeks revenge by seducing other priests.

What is good about this book is the level of detail – the scenes are described v
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Augustine Sam is a journalist by profession, a novelist by choice, and a poet by chance. A bilingual writer and an award-winning poet, he writes, not only hard news but literary works as well.

Before becoming a multi-genre author, he fell in love with poetry the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once. He was the winner of the Editors’ Choice Award in the North America Open Poetry Contest

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