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Sweet Memories

Sweet Memories

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by LaVyrle Spencer

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Theresa Brubaker is the ultimate wallflower: shy, introverted and self-conscious. So when her brother invites his army buddy home for Christmas, Theresa is terrified at the thought of a strange man staying at her family's home. She's been nervous around guys ever since she "blossomed" during adolescence and has never quite gotten used to the unwanted attention from


Theresa Brubaker is the ultimate wallflower: shy, introverted and self-conscious. So when her brother invites his army buddy home for Christmas, Theresa is terrified at the thought of a strange man staying at her family's home. She's been nervous around guys ever since she "blossomed" during adolescence and has never quite gotten used to the unwanted attention from the opposite sex.
But when she meets Brian, it's somehow different. He doesn't gawk or stare. What's more, he seems to like her for who she is. His gentle attention draws Theresa out of her shell, and she finds herself experiencing love for the first time. Even after he returns to the base, they correspond through letters, each one further cementing the bond between them. But a bold, courageous decision she makes alone may destroy that bond. Has Brian fallen in love with the woman she is . . . or the woman she could become?

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LaVyrle Spencer was born in Minnesota, where she attended high school and met and married her high school sweetheart, Dan Spencer — a decision she calls the wisest choice of her life.
Although she showed a flair for writing during high school, LaVyrle didn't begin her first novel until she was in her thirties, working as a teacher's aide at Osseo Junior High School. Spencer decided to try transferring to paper a recurring dream she was having about a story based on her grandmother's lifestyle on a Minnesota farm. She awoke at 4:00 a.m. one morning, and as Spencer recalls, "you think that you can do anything at 4:00 a.m. I wrote the first half a page in a three-ring notebook with a ball-point pen." She finished that first novel, The Fulfillment, and it was published in 1979.
LaVyrle Spencer could be a character in one of her own bestselling novels, as she has experienced as much love, pain, and bliss as any of her characters. And like her heroines she is a charming mix of fire and warmth, strength, savvy and soft-heartedness. Her books are family love stories, and the characters in her novels aren't perfect, they are real people with real problems. Before they live happily ever after they must overcome some sort of adversity — pregnancy, divorce, a lengthy separation, the loss of a loved one — and then undergo a catharsis. Along the way there are moments of anger, happiness and self- revelation. The stories center on themes of abiding love, family ties and strength in difficult times. According to Spencer, "the trademark of my books is mending relationships, showing people how to mend relationships."
Whether set in the Old West of the 1880s, or today, in suburban Minnesota, opening a Spencer novel means seeing love in a new light, and meeting characters so real it's all you can do not to climb into the pages yourself.
LaVyrle and Dan Spencer live in a beautiful Victorian house in Minnesota, and the Spencers often escape to their rustic log cabin deep in the Minnesota woods. LaVyrle's hobbies include gardening, travel, gourmet cooking, entertaining, playing bass guitar and the electronic piano, photography, and observing nature.

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Sweet Memories 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first time buying a book by Ms. Spencer & I'm glad that I did! I could read this book over and over and over again. Ms Spencer takes over your imagination like no other author can. I love her! I can't wait to buy more of her captivating love stories. Ladies, a book that we can all relate to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Last I read it was when I was in college. Since then it's been an obsession for me to look for it and own it. Very sweet story. It feeds a young woman's imagination of what a good, great guy could be like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was so good i loved the characters especially brian. who wouldnt love a sexy guy like that? the kind to teach, protect..cherish you. Great ending too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say I am not for the romance novel- but a friend of mine handed it to me and one Saturday morning I picked it up and could not put it down. How cute it was...!! I have to say it was not the most believeable but who reads book to mimic real life. I loved the description of this cute gorgeus Brian -macho as heck always willing to defend her honor...it was awesome. And the girl poor Theresa shy, cute, becoming...and oh so obedient...Every girls' dream ahhhhh...I wish there was a part II! -Andrea
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It was so sweet and romantic. Most of the time, the women in romantic novels have perfect bodies, perfect hair, and are beautiful and full of confidence. It was so refreshing to read a book about a woman who was so insecure about herself and so shy...and how she was able to break out of that pattern of insecurity by falling in love and by taking matters into her own hands and changing how she looks. It was great! I couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Theresa reminds me alot about myself. I have the same problems and the book showed me the true meaning of love. Very good for a beach read or a quick sunday afternoon.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. The emotions she felt about her body are so real to many of us who have had to live with large breasts. I have to majorly disagree with ones who thought this was a waste of time or who thought she wasn't that big. You obviously haven't lived with large breasts and the insecurities that come along with it as well as the physical health problems. If you do have large breasts then they're either fake or your just way to into yourself. It is so hard to find a guy like brian who will love you for the way you are and not your breast size. It is hard to find clothing that will fit properly or give you the support you need. And it is very hard to feel sexy when you have stretch marks and oversized 'N'. You must have no idea the emotional and physical scars being large can bring upon a woman. This story was so beautifully written of how ones self image is when they have that body type. I am much larger than her and yes I would love to be her size but I know what she is dealing with, and when you have several guys like you for your breast size it does effect how you think others think of you and so forth. I Could go on and on. I am just disappointed in people that don't have sympathy or compassion for those who do feel that way about their bodies. And another thing, people who also don't think D isn't that bad are ones with no breasts...who long to have bigger ones. Sorry to get off the subject a little. This Book is awesome. I love it. My #1 favorite of all the books because the main character pertains more to me than these characters with the perfect body and the self confidence. I wish all of us tormented with large breasts could have the perfect bodies and the perfect breasts. and that those who do have the nice bodies and the self confidence and pride and conceded personalities could have one demented for a change so they could be humbled.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's clear to me that the reviewer from February 1995 doesn't have first hand experience with this subject. I can vouch for the fact that those of us who grew up with enormous breasts WERE that sensitive to the issue, and some of us DID grow up as naive as Theresa is. It's unusual, but not unbelievable, unless one is not widely experienced. This story handles a coming of age and the loss of self-consciousness beautifully and realistically. It touched my heart on a personal level and clearly ranks among the finest of its genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had mixed emotions when reading this novel. I loved the passion portrayed between Brian and Theresa, but didn't really like how the author made Theresa into this naive girl, when she was in fact 25 years old. The whole self-conscious battle Theresa went through was a little over the top too...But all-in-all it was an okay fast read...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got sucked into reading this by my mother and I regret it. Just one step above a serial romance and pretty empty of anything interesting or thought provoking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually read a couple of romance novels a week, and this one was just a complete waste of time. The plot was stupid, and the characters (especially the main character) were horribly annoying. And stupid. I mean, come on, the whole story was about how Teresa was afraid to leave the house or talk to men because she had a 34D bra size??? Puh-leeze.....