Steena Holmes grew up in a small town in Canada and holds a bachelor’s degree in theology. She is the author of eleven novels and novellas, including Finding Emma, for which she was awarded a National Indie Excellence Book Award in 2012. She lives in Calgary with her husband and three daughters, and loves to wake up to the Rocky Mountains each morning.
The Memory Childby Steena Holmes
When Brian finds out that his wife, Diane, is pregnant, he is elated. He’s been patiently waiting for twelve years to become a father. But Diane has always been nervous about having children because of her family’s dark past. The timing of the pregnancy also isn’t idealDiane has just been promoted, and Brian is being called away to open a
When Brian finds out that his wife, Diane, is pregnant, he is elated. He’s been patiently waiting for twelve years to become a father. But Diane has always been nervous about having children because of her family’s dark past. The timing of the pregnancy also isn’t idealDiane has just been promoted, and Brian is being called away to open a new London office for his company.
Fast-forward one year: being a mother has brought Diane a sense of joy that she’d never imagined and she’s head over heels for her new baby, Grace. But things are far from perfect: Brian has still not returned from London, and Diane fears leaving the baby for even a moment. As unsettling changes in those around Diane began to emerge, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems.
A woman’s dark past collides head-on with her mysterious present in this surreal and gripping family drama.
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This was psychological thriller I read in one sitting. I had to know the ending! It has been a long time since a book was so gripping, and the characters were intensely driven with back stories, and I was love-struck instantly with the love that Brian and Diane shared. Brian and Diane are your typical A-type personalities in business and get caught up in what is more important in life…the perfect money making job, the perfect place to call home, or to have a child and begin a family. I will leave you with that, because to tell you anymore is too much. Enjoy the Ride!
Finding out you are pregnant is typically a joyous time for a family... unless you are plagued by worry and doubt. The Memory Child follows Brian and Diane as they navigate learning they are about to start a family after many years together. Children are something Brian's always wanted, Diane is not so sure. After all, what if things turned out the same for her? After the birth of her sweet baby, Diane can't figure out why life has changed so drastically. Her husband, so excited for the baby, hasn't come home from London to meet her. Her love for her child has overwhelmed her, but it has also pushed her anxiety through the roof, and she needs her husband to help her. Lucky, for her, at least, that they thought ahead of time to hire a nurse/nanny to help her through. Ms. Holmes novel was an emotional roller coaster. It was written in a way that allowed you to feel what the characters were feeling. At one point in the novel, I actually gasped aloud! The twists were amazing, just when I thought I'd figured out what was happening, another wrench was thrown in! I also had the opportunity to discuss the novel with Ms. Holmes within our book group on Facebook! It was an awesome experience, and I look forward to the next novel I can read by this author!
This book was so powerful. Ms. Holmes is an excellent writer and grabs you from the beginning. I read this book in two days and shed a few tears. I don't want to ruin the story by telling you about the book but I will tell you this...it is a must read.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Diane had a horrific childhood and is still recovering and because of the events that occurred she has feared becoming a mother and becoming like her mother. She becomes pregnant at a time where her and her husband are both seeing positive changes in their professional lives, but she still continues with the pregnancy.
Brian and Diane's marriage has lasted 13 years. Brian is elated when he finds out his wife, Diane, is pregnant. Finally they will become parents. But Diane is nervous because of her family's dark past and the timing of the pregnancy. One year later, the tides have changed. Diane is overjoyed with baby Grace. However, Brian has not returned from opening a new office in London. Everyone around Diane is treating her delicately as if all is not as it seems. A couple chapters in and I was sure I knew what was going on. Deeper into the book and I still thought I had it figured out. I've read enough family drama novels to piece together how a dark past collides with the present. Silly me. I was partly wrong. This is my first book read by Steena Holmes. Her Emma series has been in my TBR pile for a while. So it was a perfect opportunity to review an advance copy of her new release The Memory Child. Oh, am I glad! Steena Holmes is an author that can grip me from the first pages, force me to keep reading and forget my real-life responsibilities for the day. It is a challenge to write about contemporary issues like postpartum psychosis. Kudos to the author for clearly doing her research and penning a fiction novel that belongs in the best of family drama genre. ~Literary Marie of Precision Reviews
Having a child changes everything. But it can’t change the past. It doesn’t bring a husband home when he’s miles away. And it certainly doesn’t make going out to work as a busy professional any easier. There’s a secret waiting in Steena Holmes’ novel, The Memory Child, where go-getter Diane has fallen deeply in love with her baby, the wonderful Nina stands ready with help and support, and husband Brian is due home any day. Ghosts of childhood haunt Diane’s hopes, and fears for her small child’s future gradually verge toward obsession, its promise shrouded in the mists of this strange new life called motherhood. Diane's concerns and longing are made vividly real to the reader with clearly voiced first-person narration. Meanwhile Brian tells his own tale, in chapters nicely interspersed. The author renders both voices convincingly, balancing Brian's eagerness for parenthood against Diane’s initial reluctance, and leaving the reader convinced that love will win the day. This novel will haunt the reader by its end. Truths break through the mist of hope, guessed, avoided, and then made clear. The pain of love becomes the healing of love. And a truly lovely story leaves you awed. Great voices, wonderful emotions, perfect timing and a pleasingly complex plot make this a novel that’s easy to recommend, enthralling to read, and difficult to put down. Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy to enjoy prior to the author’s blog tour, and I’m offering my honest review.
I gave up sleep to finish this book. Did I enjoy this book: You know how sometimes you drink too much and end up with a knot in the pit of your stomach the next morning – not because you’re hung over, but because you’re certain you’ve embarrassed yourself in some unforgiveable way? Yeah. You know. Your heartbeat is erratic, your breathing is all breathy and weird, and for some reason you’ve got the tingles even though you’re certain none of your limbs are asleep. It’s not a freight train, but there’s certainly something loud and uncomfortable ricocheting around inside your skull cavity. Eating day-old sushi or smelling that thing in the back of your refrigerator sometimes creates the same effect. That’s what this book is like. It’s brilliant. It’s terrifying. I was mostly nauseous the whole time I read it, but I promise you I gave up both food and sleep to finish it, and so should you. Would I recommend it: I just did. Will I read it again: I’m going to go with an utterly honest “maybe” response… it depends on the status of my mental health next time I consider it. =) As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)