“The Memory of You” is the second novel I’ve read by Catherine West and it reinforces my desire to never miss any of her future books. This author has a gift of reaching into her characters’ innermost beings and allowing her readers to know their very souls. Poignant yet hopeful is one way I would describe this particular novel.

Beautifully written, “The Memory of You” is a story of healing and second chances and overcoming the past. I loved how Tanner and Natalie were able to renew their lost friendship and eventually their love for each other. The story is an emotional roller coaster as Natalie is brought back to the place where her nightmares began and she is forced to come face-to-face with the truth and let God’s grace set her free from the guilt she feels.

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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’s forced to return 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. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can 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.


Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children.

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