Author: Deanna Lynn Sletten
Released: February 2012
Source: Author (Book Tour)
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Michael DeCara came home from the Vietnam War a wounded man, both physically and emotionally. He tried putting his life back together, but found civilian life difficult after all he’d experienced in Nam. Raising his young daughter, Vanessa, by himself after his wife left, he found it difficult to commit to one job or one woman for any length of time. Then he met a young woman who made him feel good about himself again and who fell in love with Vanessa as well. But one day his life changed drastically and he left without a word to the girl, believing he was doing what was best for her. Now, years later, she has walked back into his life and he believes they may have a second chance at love–except she hates him and he doesn’t understand why.Danielle Westerly fell in love when she was only eighteen and her heart was broken when he left her without a word. Her heartache was increased when she made a fateful decision that would alter her future, and she blamed him for her loss. Years later, she is single and has built up a successful career when she accidently runs into the man who was responsible for her past pain. Yet, their chemistry is undeniable. Can Dani give up her anger and let go of the pain of the past and fall in love again with the man she has hated all these years?Dani and Michael share a journey of heartache, loss and painful memories that threaten to keep them apart. Can they get past these and finally find love again?
MEMORIES is a poignant story about love, loss and forgiveness. The book begins with a wife thinking back over the years she’s known her husband. Dani fell in love with Michael when she was eighteen, but he disappeared from her life without a goodbye. Many years later, a chance meeting brings them together again. She’s hated him all this time for hurting her, but Dani can’t deny that there’s still a spark between them. Just when she finds it in her heart to forgive him, yet another tragedy comes between them. The odds are not in their favor, but it seems as though fate has brought them back together for a reason.
Overall, I liked this book. The writing was strong, and the characters were well drawn and easy to connect with. MEMORIES was an emotional story, I’d even call it a tear jerker. Both of the main characters are dealing with a lot of pain, especially Michael and his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam that still haunt him. Then down the road, he must deal with an even greater suffering. Luckily Dani was strong enough and compassionate enough to forgive him and help him heal. My only complaint was that misunderstandings and/or withholding important information were what kept them apart both times. Some simple communication could have saved them a lot of heartache.
MEMORIES is a beautiful love story with a bittersweet beginning and end. Recommended for fans of romantic women’s fiction.