Thanks for the Memories: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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New York Times bestselling author Cecelia Ahern's charming new novel explores what happens when "what if" becomes a reality for two strangers whose lives are at a crossroads.

How can you know someone you've never met? That's the question haunting Joyce Conway these days. Recovering from a terrible accident and with her marriage in pieces, Joyce is suddenly plagued by an overwhelming sense of déjà vu that makes her feel as if the life she's living is not her own. During the day...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Cecelia Ahern's charming new novel explores what happens when "what if" becomes a reality for two strangers whose lives are at a crossroads.

How can you know someone you've never met? That's the question haunting Joyce Conway these days. Recovering from a terrible accident and with her marriage in pieces, Joyce is suddenly plagued by an overwhelming sense of déjà vu that makes her feel as if the life she's living is not her own. During the day she has vivid memories of things she's never seen—such as cobblestoned Parisian streets she's never visited—and at night she dreams of a little girl she's sure she's never met. Joyce is convinced she's lost her mind . . . until a series of coincidences leads her on a journey to meet the one person who may hold the answer she needs.

Someone's life could be depending on you right now. . . . That's the pitch that finally persuades Justin Hitchcock to donate blood—the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time.

Restless and lonely, Justin chased his ex-wife and daughter from Chicago to London, and now he's in Dublin, guest-lecturing to bored college students. When he receives a basket of muffins with a thank-you note attached, he's sure someone's playing a joke on him, but then the presents keep coming. Intrigued, Justin is determined to solve the mystery—a quest that will change his life forever.

Thanks for the Memories is a heartwarming story of hope, love, and second chances—Cecelia Ahern's most magical novel yet.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Contrivance and a multitude of sitcom mixups drive Ahern's fifth novel. When Joyce Conway gets a blood transfusion after a tragic accident that caused her to miscarry, she strangely picks up the memories of her donor. Upon release from the hospital, she moves in with her father to try to cope with her impending divorce and the loss of her baby, but ends up instead on a wild goose chase after feeling a connection with a mysterious, smoldering stranger in a hair salon. Their relationship is obvious to the reader immediately, which makes the following several hundred pages a less than satisfying exercise in delaying the inevitable. Fans of Ahern's earlier work won't be disappointed with the fairy tale-like feeling, but readers not already in the fold might not stick around to the obvious conclusion. (Apr.)

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After falling and suffering a miscarriage, Joyce moves back in with her aging father when her marriage dissolves. Suddenly, she starts having the strangest daydreams, finds herself able to speak Latin, and spouts academic facts regarding architecture and Irish history. Justin, a visiting professor at Dublin's Trinity College, wants to feel important-he imagines saving someone's life and having that person forever in his debt. After giving blood one afternoon, he keeps running into a mysterious woman wherever he goes and can't understand why he's attracted to her. Turns out, his donation went to Joyce during her hospital stay, and now the two are inexplicably linked. The secondary characters of Justin's family and Joyce's amusing father help to keep this tale grounded. Ahern (P.S. I Love You) has a knack for getting to the heart of human emotions-Joyce's emotional pain is palpable, as is Justin's longing for meaning in his life. The author started out writing chick lit before venturing into decidedly fairy-tale terrain. This title manages to blend the two elements smoothly. For all fiction collections.
—Rebecca Vnuk

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061868023
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 109,209
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Cecelia Ahern is the author of the international bestsellers PS, I Love You; Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; There's No Place Like Here; Thanks for the Memories; The Gift; The Book of Tomorrow; and The Time of My Life. Her books are published in forty-six countries and have collectively sold more than sixteen million copies. The daughter of the former prime minister of Ireland, she lives in Dublin.

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

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    Couldn't put it down!

    I absolutely LOVED this book! Thanks for the Memories touches the heart in so many ways. I especially loved the relationship between Joyce and her father... I laughed out loud many times because of them :) It's a great read- you won't be disappointed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2011

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    A Very Fun Read!!!

    This was a very interesting read. I found it to be very entertaining and humorous at times. It kept me reading wanting to know how it will work out for Joyce and Justin in the end. A worthwhile read. I will definitely check out other titles from this author. I have heard that there is some truth that people can experience some the things that Joyce did from receiving a blood transfusion from another person such as different tastes etc. Definitely worth the time spent reading this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2009

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    Another great book by Cecelia Ahern.

    Her unique way of writing holds my attention. Love the quirky way she tells the story and her charachters are funny. Loved this book and would recommend to anyone. All her books I would recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    First...

    Enjoyed this book. Characters were flawed and easy to relate to. Great plot if slightly unbelievable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Instant hicken soup for soul

    Instant hicken soup for soul

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

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    So close

    Because I have loved P.S. I Love You so much I was looking for even more great story telling by Miss Ahern. So when I read this novel I was slightly disappointed. The building blocks for a great love story are there but I was just not feeling it. Our two leads never were given the chance to connect and be together. I just wish it could have different.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    Super cute. It was on sale, which is what caught my attention. I

    Super cute. It was on sale, which is what caught my attention. I loved the dad--he was a great character. The only complaint I would make is that there were too many "near misses" which made the story drag on and on in places.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    It's a fun quick pretty good summer read. I like that it's diff

    It's a fun quick pretty good summer read. I like that it's different, alittle far fetched, somehow trying to believe blood donations can also involve the sharing of memories and aspects of the donor's personality is difficult, but hey, it's a story. The close calls and timing of the two main characters definitely drive the pace. I was a little disappointed at the end, a tad anticlimatic. But overall, I enjoyed the way the author talked about loss and how people dealt with them whether it be physical separation, divorce, or death and how it affected people of all ages and different generations. I think my favorite character is the dad, and the main character's relationship with her father provides hope and lightens the story with their comedy.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

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    Very Good! Could have been a 5, just missing that little something...

    Lou is a selfish jerk who thinks only about his career, and everyone else around him just nods and dont do anything about it. Then along came Gabe who gave him the gift to be in two places at the same time. I dont like Gabe... there's just too much mystery thrown in that he became vague as a character. Some situations are very improbable, but hey... its fiction, right? So whatever... :p Anyway, the ending, like what I said earlier, is very touching indeed.

    This book will make you question your priorities, and make us see the sad truth that most of us neglect the really important things in life. Since its almost Christmas (a month or so away from now)... this book is a perfect read. Perhaps this will help us celebrate this season in a more meaningful way.

    I guess the last thing I can say about the story is... we are no different from Lou. Most of the times we are so busy trying to reach our dreams - to be number one at work and be the best in what we do... that often times we forget to be the best in the MORE important things - like being the best daughter or son, the best mom or dad, the best sister or brother, the best wife or husband. Cliche as it may be, but there are far more important things than money.

    Lets not be like Lou, and wait for his dying moment before he started telling his family how much they meant to him. Everyday, let the people we truly love know that they are what matters most to us. Because not only dont we have the magic pill to give us a second chance, we also dont have the privilege of knowing how much time we have left in this world. So lets not waste a second.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Loved!

    I had never read one of her books, but really enjoyed the story. I am looking forward to reading more of her works.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2011

    Great storyline...

    It wasn't a terrible book, but at a certain point the book became predictable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    Ok

    How can you know someone you've never met? Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn't. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair. Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonely and restless. He arrives in Dublin to give a lecture on art and meets an attractive doctor, who persuades him to donate blood. It's the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time. When Joyce leaves hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, she moves back in with her elderly father. All the while, a strong sense of déjà vu is overwhelming her and she can't figure out why.

    My Review - This was just okay for me. But I'm really not into romance usually. And although this wasn't a major romance book it was still the main theme. I knew what was going to happen and then at the end there was a twist and so I thought it wasn't going to happen but the author proved to impress me with the ending. I give it a 2 out of 5 stars because it was, as I said, just okay.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    Interesting and Humorous

    I very much liked this book. Although I knew where the story was headed, the trip to the story's conclusion was much fun. Just a warning, I read this book in less than one day, so if you are taking it on a long plane or train trip, take a second book. (If you can afford the hardware, just take a kindle or a nook.)

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    Not what I was expecting, but good.

    I saw this book at the bookstore, and it sounded so interesting I bought it. Well, then I read it and...

    This was a very good book as far as writing and plotline, but it lacked something for me. It didn't have that pizazz I was expecting it to have. At times it was very boring, and there wasn't really much going on, and at other times I was rooting for it, loving every scene. So, in short, it was good, but some things could have been cut out. Also, it was kind of predictable, which wasn't necessarily bad, but it didn't deliver.

    All in all, I would recommend this book if your looking for a cute, funny story.

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

    I loved this Book!

    I love Cecelia Ahern and shes managed to write another wonderful book. It combines fantasy and real life beautifully. It's a real life situation with a twist and it's just a fun loving story. An easy read, for people who just want to feel happy and have fun with a book. Some touching sad moments but overall just a happy fun filled romance!

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

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    A Summer Must-Read!

    Cecelia Ahern writes such orginal, thought-provoking books and this one does not disappoint! I listened to it on audio which made it even better. The relationship between Joyce and her father was just wonderful - hysterically funny at times and truly touching at others. Joyce is a character you root for the whole time and Justin is so wonderfully off-kilter, you root for him too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Fun Read!

    Just a fun easy read, great for summer!

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

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    Thanks For The Memories by Cecelia Ahern (Book Review)
    No Thank-you for the Book Cecelia Ahern

    Thanks for The Memories is a paperback fiction novel by Cecelia Ahern. It is published by Harper and its ISBN is 007233698. It is a warm uplifting story, beautifully written . I have read all Cecelia Ahern's books and I loved them all. This novel marks a new maturity and flexibility in her writing. I think this is her best novel yet. It is a sweet tale of a daughter and father relationship. Joyce Conway suffers a miscarrage and is rushed by her dad to ER.

    "I place my hand on my belly. If my child is gone, and I suspect this is so, I'll join it there.grieve. I've landed now, the land of my life. And, still, my heart pumps on.Even when broken it still works. Where . . . where? Wherever. It; a heartless word. He or she so young; who it was to become, stilla question. But there, I will mother it. There, not here. I'll tell it: I'm sorry, sweetheart, I'm sorry I ruined your chances, my chance - our chance of a life together. But close your eyes and stare into the darkness now, like Mummy is doing, and we'll find our way together. There's a noise in the room and I feel a presence. 'Oh God, Joyce, oh God. Can you hear me, love? Oh God. Oh God. Oh, please no, Good Lord, not my Joyce, don't take my Joyce. Hold on, love, I'm here. Dad is here.' I don't want to hold on and I feel like telling him so. I hear myself groan, an animal-like whimper and it shocks me, scares me. I have a plan, I want to tell him. I want to go, only then can I be with my baby. Then, not now. He's stopped me from falling but I haven't landed yet. Instead he helps me balance on nothing, hover while I'm forced to make the decision. I want to keep falling but he's calling the ambulance and he's gripping my hand with such ferocity it's as though it is though I'm all he has. He's brushing the hair from my forehead and weeping loudly. I've never heard him weep. Not even when Mum died. He clings to my hand with all of the strength I never knew his old body had and I remember that I am all he has and that he, once again just like before, is my whole world. The blood continues to rush through me. Rushing, rushing, rushing. We are always rushing. Maybe I'm rushing again. Maybe it's not my time to go. I feel the rough skin of old hands squeezing mine, and their intensity and their familiarity force me to open my eyes. Light fills them and I glimpse his face, a look I never want to see again. He clings to his baby. I know I've lost mine; I can't let him lose his. In making my decision I already begin to grieve."

    She receives an emergancy blood transfusion and the donor's Justin's memories. Joyce and Justin meet up occassionally and are instantly attracted to one another. A unique relationship is formed. Joyce is grieving from a divorce and miscarriage and Clever Justin is looking for meaning in his life. If you love romance and feel good stories you will love this book. Cecelia Ahern fans will be rewarded with another bestseller.I highly recommend this book. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2009

    Read this!

    Cecelia Ahern's books are always a wonderful read! She is mature beyond her years as a writer.

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