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Thanks for the Memories: A Novel

Thanks for the Memories: A Novel

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by Cecelia Ahern

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“[Ahern] gives us full permission to believe in magic.”

Redbook Magazine


One of the world’s most popular writers of women’s fiction—author of the beloved international bestseller, P.S. I Love You, basis for the popular film starring Hilary Swank—Cecelia Ahern now gives us


“[Ahern] gives us full permission to believe in magic.”

Redbook Magazine


One of the world’s most popular writers of women’s fiction—author of the beloved international bestseller, P.S. I Love You, basis for the popular film starring Hilary Swank—Cecelia Ahern now gives us Thanks for the Memories, a heartwarming tale of déjà vu and second chances. Reminiscent of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Thanks for the Memories is a love story brimming with hope and feeling and enlivened with an enchanting touch of magic.

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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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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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Thanks for the Memories 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
txaggieKR More than 1 year ago
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!
sunshinePS More than 1 year ago
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.
risuena More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Curious,funny and romantic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, cute charming all the way through,funny keeps you guessing Does She, Does He?
Fancygrl68 More than 1 year ago
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the Memories is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by Cecelia Ahern. This book has a bit of magical realism added to it that gave it a pretty unique storyline. Imagine having a blood transfusion and suddenly being linked to the donor and vice versa. Pretty unreal, huh? Overall, I thought Thanks for the Memories was fun, sweet, and creative. But...Ms. Ahern took the slow lane on the highway just to go to the corner store in my opinion. This would have been the perfect plot for a short story versus a full-length novel. It's slow-going and long and I felt it for sure. I won't be reading this for a second time but it was an OK read overall. I had to add a star to my initial 2-star rating because you know it's Cecelia Ahern ♥ My favorite quote: “We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself. Sometimes we see the way out but wander further and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger or the sadness preventing us returning. Sometimes we prefer to be lost and wandering, sometimes it's easier. Sometimes we find our own way out. But regardless, always, we are found.”
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Enjoyed this book. Characters were flawed and easy to relate to. Great plot if slightly unbelievable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Instant hicken soup for soul
Mooslynn More than 1 year ago
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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Pretend_Spoon More than 1 year ago
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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PoshYla More than 1 year ago
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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Mikell Nigro More than 1 year ago
I had never read one of her books, but really enjoyed the story. I am looking forward to reading more of her works.