by Catherine West
From the back cover:
Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?
When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she returns to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.
And Natalie never says no to her father.
Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. He knows Natalie intends to close the gates, and he’s determined to convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.
But finding freedom from the past means facing it. For both of them.
About the author:
Catherine West is an award-winning author writing stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. Educated in Bermuda, England and Canada, Catherine holds a degree in English from the University of Toronto. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, and is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary Management.
Facing the guilt of the past is tough, and yet we all have regrets of various types. The Memory of You ventures into that struggle with several characters who must come to terms with life.
This is another wonderful story that will draw you into the scenes and tangle your emotions with the characters so their struggles become very real. Heartbreaking and heartwarming, you’ll want to have a tissue handy!
If I had to choose a favorite character, I think I’d choose Sarah (and not just because she has the best name!). She’s been through a lot, but life has grown and shaped her into a wonderful role model and mentor. Her wisdom, as is often the case, was hard-earned, but she shares it with Natalie with such compassion.
Travel to Sonoma, California, and experience the healing that comes from forgiveness and restored relationships — and the fresh air of a vineyard!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)