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Posted October 28, 2011
I'm a great Dorothy Garlock fan but "More Than. Memory" was a disapointment. Not any real conflict and the heroin is always bursting into tears. Also there's simply not enough to keep her busy. The 1950s was boring in reality and also in fiction. Try almost any other book of hers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 2, 2005
Okay well More than a Memory was one of the saddest books i have read... You emediately fall in love with the characters you meet... I just loved this book and I have made an effort at collecting all of her books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 11, 2003
I have about all of your books but I wish you would go back to the early 1800's and stay with the characters you have built and their offspring.Or build new characters that are related to the older ones.Your books are fantastic but I want more...and more....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 21, 2002
This was a real tear jerker as my husband would say.....I cried through a lot of it. I felt it was a very touching story and will cherish it along with all my other books by Dorothy Garlock. I have almost all of them and trying to obtain the two I don't have yet. I have referred her to several of my book loving readers. Dorothy, please keep up the good work. I always look forward to your next one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2001
When high-school senior Nelda Hansen becomes pregnant, she is forced to wed Lute Hanson by her domineering father who orders Lute out of Nelda's life as soon as the vows are exchanged. Soon after the birth of a daughter, Nelda returns to the Iowa home of the grandparents where she had lived for the last several years where she hears Lute has joined the Navy. Sadly, the baby contracts an infection and dies when she is six month old, her father never having laid eyes on her. With the help of her grandparents, Nelda then moves to Chicago where she goes to school and becomes a commercial interior designer of some renown. When she needs a break, she returns to Clear Lake, Iowa, to the farm her grandfather left her in his will. Both grandparents are gone now but Nelda feels a sense of security in the place where she'd known such happiness all those years ago. She hopes for a bit of R&R and to re-evaluate her life. What she doesn't figure on is running into Lute. Unbeknownst to Nelda, Lute has been renting the land which is now hers (an attorney has managed her affairs in Iowa while she was in Chicago). Lute keeps finding excuses to help her out and eventually Nelda discovers that the ring he wears on the third finger of his left hand is not because he's married -- it's the one he had bought when they were married. When a night of passion leads to complications neither one of them expected, Nelda is determined to withdraw from Lute and plans to move from Clear Lake as soon as possible. MORE THAN MEMORY is a real page-turner, full of the grit and reality which readers have come to expect of a Dorothy Garlock novel. Since she is writing about the town she has lived in since the 1950s, the descriptions of the town and the surrounding area are richly detailed. She includes some of the most tragic events of the 1950s in her story including the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper who were killed in a plane crash outside of Clear Lake after a 1959 concert and even sets a scene at that last concert. Lute, whose dedication and caring for Nelda have lasted more than a decade, makes a wonderful hero. A particularly poignant scene has them meeting for the first time in over eight years at their daughter's gravesite. Nelda is sometimes too stubborn for her own good, but given her circumstances, her actions are understandable. What seems to be stubbornness is more of a defense mechanism because she doesn't want to get hurt again. I enjoyed reading a book set in 1958-59 - years of my childhood and can remember time spent at my grandparents' farm during that same time which really helped this story come alive. I hope more authors will take the chance of writing less than traditional time-periods for their books as Garlock has. It was, for this reviewer, like a trip down memory lane. According to the notes on the copyright page, MORE THAN MEMORY is evidently a rewrite of one of Dorothy Garlock's early books written as Johanna Phillips in 1982 for the Second Chance at Love line, PASSION'S SONG. At over 380 pages, it's more than just a simple rewrite, it's a complete re-working of the shorter novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2001
I ENJOY EVERY ONE OF DOROTHY GARLOCKS BOOKS AND I EVEN ENJOYED THIS ONE, BUT I MISS THE OLD STORY OF BOY MEETS GIRL AND THEY FALL IN LOVE. I LIKE A LITTLE OF TROUBLE AND HAVING TO FIGURE OUT WHATS GOING ON. IN THE LAST FEW BOOKS I HAVE FIGURED OUT THE ENDING OF THE BOOK WITHIN A FEW CHAPTERS. I LIKE TO HAVE A BIT UF SUSPENCE. DON'T TELL US WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE BOOK. NOTHING PERSONAL TO MRS. GARLOCK BUT GET BACK TO THE ORIGINALS.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
In 1949 Clear Lake, Iowa, teenager Nelda Hansen married Lute Hanson. However, a minute after they exchanged ¿I do¿s¿ her father, who forced the marriage, informs the groom that he will receive the divorce papers as soon as the lawyer finishes them. The marine captain still cannot believe his daughter shacked up with a hayseed bumpkin like Lute and is now four months pregnant. Not listening to anyone, the military officer takes his daughter in hand and leaves for Des Moines. A little less than a year later, Nelda¿s six-month old child dies. Neither she nor her father attended the funeral. <P>Eight more years pass before Nelda returns home to the family farm. She still loves Lute as she immediately realizes when she sees him for the first time since her father took charge of their marriage and divorce. To his chagrin, Lute never forgot Nelda. However, both share misconceptions about the other from the incident that destroyed their future together. <P> MORE THAN A MEMORY is an enjoyable historical relationship drama that makes the lifestyle of the 1950¿s heartland seem very much alive. Younger readers will be shocked by the marine¿s actions, but single and pregnant was a fate worse than death back then. The lead couple is a warm pair who deserves a second chance. However, the meat of Dorothy Garlock¿s tale is the era as she portrays a radically different set of values (than today) wrapped inside a wonderful romance. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2001
I have every book Dorothy Garlock has ever written and in pains me to say that More Than Memory and After the Parade have been a disappointment. What happened with boy meets girl, we develop this love and live happily ever after. This on again/off again love hate relationships in these last two books have been a let down. These books follow the stereotype of 99% of the romance novels that are available. Ms Garlock you have always had a unique style with development of your characters relationships that made you stand out from the rest. Lets get back to the basics. I miss it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 31, 2008
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Posted December 30, 2009
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