Chasing Memories

Chasing Memories

by Cindy Bauer

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ISBN-13: 9781503073197
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/03/2014
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Inspirational Mystery & Suspense Author Cindy Bauer is a native of Davenport, Iowa, though she currently resides in Missouri. She is currently working on a new series of mystery suspense novels. She has interviewed some well known authors such as Lenora Worth and Gail Gaymer Martin, Jordan Dane and also singer/songwriter, Amanda Abizaid.

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AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
I am pleasantly surprised after reading Chasing Memories, by Cindy Bauer. Born in Iowa , Cindy now resides in Missouri with her husband. She thanks her husband, Robert, and sister, Debra for their continued support. Chasing Memories is her first title.

The book is supposedly the first in a trilogy and takes place in a small town called Hampton in Missouri . The book opens with a prologue and closes with an epilogue of Laura in her elder years. The storyline follows Laura Thompson, a thirty year old widow, through some very difficult times in her life. Just when Laura and her daughter, Annie were moving on after the death of Steven, another tragedy is thrown at them when a freak accident causes Laura to lose her memory. With the help of her friends, Susan and Mildred, Laura attempts to regain control of a life she doesn¿t remember, and restore normalcy to her daughter.

That I am aware of, the second book in this trilogy, Shades of Blue, follows Laura¿s friend, Susan shortly after Chasing Memories ends. I am unclear where the third books goes, but after reading the epilogue, I¿m hoping it¿s back to Laura and the budding relationship with Dr. MacKenzie, or following her daughter, Annie after she¿s grown.

It is my understanding that the author is seeking a new publisher for this book and is working on a re-write, so the very few minor criticisms I have might be moot. I found a few errors in the editing process. Overall, there were few, and it did not distract me or discourage me from reading. The first few chapters seemed a bit methodical in a way that we were just obtaining day-to-day rituals and not necessarily knowing inner feelings or personality of the characters. This quickly dissolved around the fourth chapter.

Aside from that, I found this to be an enjoyable and bittersweet read. Cindy Bauer was able to extract characters on paper and into our hearts. One tragedy after another, there were no dead spots and, I am amazed at how emotional I was at times while reading. She was able to relay the despair of losing a husband, the uncertainties of parenthood, the necessity of friendship, the fear of amnesia, and the power of faith and prayer. I am very much looking forward to the other 2 books in this trilogy. Cindy Bauer is a true gem in the inspirational fiction genre, and I see nothing but great things for her writing career.



Kelly Moran,

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am pleasantly surprised after reading Chasing Memories, by Cindy Bauer. Born in Iowa, Cindy now resides in Missouri with her husband. She thanks her husband, Robert, and sister, Debra for their continued support. Chasing Memories is her first title. The book is supposedly the first in a trilogy and takes place in a small town called Hampton in Missouri. The book opens with a prologue and closes with an epilogue of Laura in her elder years. The storyline follows Laura Thompson, a thirty year old widow, through some very difficult times in her life. Just when Laura and her daughter, Annie were moving on after the death of Steven, another tragedy is thrown at them when a freak accident causes Laura to lose her memory. With the help of her friends, Susan and Mildred, Laura attempts to regain control of a life she doesn¿t remember, and restore normalcy to her daughter. That I am aware of, the second book in this trilogy, Shades of Blue, follows Laura¿s friend, Susan shortly after Chasing Memories ends. I am unclear where the third books goes, but after reading the epilogue, I¿m hoping it¿s back to Laura and the budding relationship with Dr. MacKenzie, or following her daughter, Annie after she¿s grown. It is my understanding that the author is seeking a new publisher for this book and is working on a re-write, so the very few minor criticisms I have might be moot. I found a few errors in the editing process. Overall, there were few, and it did not distract me or discourage me from reading. The first few chapters seemed a bit methodical in a way that we were just obtaining day-to-day rituals and not necessarily knowing inner feelings or personality of the characters. This quickly dissolved around the fourth chapter. Aside from that, I found this to be an enjoyable and bittersweet read. Cindy Bauer was able to extract characters on paper and into our hearts. One tragedy after another, there were no dead spots and, I am amazed at how emotional I was at times while reading. She was able to relay the despair of losing a husband, the uncertainties of parenthood, the necessity of friendship, the fear of amnesia, and the power of faith and prayer. I am very much looking forward to the other 2 books in this trilogy. Cindy Bauer is a true gem in the inspirational fiction genre, and I see nothing but great things for her writing career. Kelly Moran, Author and Reviewer
Guest More than 1 year ago
Laura had an ideal life. She had a great husband and had been blessed with an adorable daughter, Annie. Life was good, until a drunk driver tragically ended Steven's life, leaving his wife and child alone. Laura was grief stricken, acting more on basic instinct, until her daughter¿s comforting words brought her back to life. They struggled to make ends meet, even with Laura's job at Hensen's department store, the money was tight, but Annie always had what she needed. With her parent's living in Georgia, Laura had few people she felt close to. Susan was her best friend, taking care of Annie while Laura worked, and Laura was also quite fond of her elderly neighbors, the Parkers. When Mr. Parker had a stroke, Laura watched over his wife, but her good deed met with a terrible ending, when a sliding car knocked her off her feet. Miraculously, Laura had only broken her leg, but she'd also lost her memory, neither recognizing her friends, her family, or her child. During Laura¿s hospital stay, Susan stepped in and took care of Annie. It was a difficult situation, especially since her best friend couldn¿t remember either her or Annie, and Susan needed a diversion to take Annie's mind from her mother's troubles, suggesting they start decorating for the Christmas season. Excitedly, Annie and Susan prepared the surprise for Laura's homecoming, and though Laura was impressed with their efforts, she felt out of place facing her previous life. Weeks passed, and though disturbing visions had come to her dreams, it seemed that Laura was no closer to remembering things than she'd been that first day, no matter how much she tried. She mostly faked her way through each day until life became an acceptable routine, but it seemed that her troubles weren't yet over when her home caught on fire. Chasing Memories is a heart-touching story, with a bittersweet conclusion. This is a touching storyline. I read with anticipation, hoping for a happy finale, but I was left with the feeling of melancholy. Cindy Bauer writes well, creating believable story lines and likable characters. I enjoyed this read quite a bit, and I admired Laura¿s strength, despite the hard knocks. Great Read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'This is a wonderful story, very heart touching. I like how you carefully describe each scene. It makes me, the reader feel as if I'm actually there. I could visualize every scene. The flow is smooth. It is easy reading...easy to follow what is taking place step by step. This is surely a story of tragedy, a bond between two friends and a strong desire to want to move forward. Although all these obstacles were thrown before her, and through her frustrations, perhaps, bitterness at times and the willingness to accept the things she cannot change and work with what she got was a real touching message for me as well. I loved the story tremendously. Very articulated, well thought out story line, well written and an ethical and moral story for all who has a forgotten memory. I'm happy the story ended the way it did and not the way I had anticipated. This makes the story feel real. I'm saying 'bring on the next one'...Shades of Blue. Your book could make a LIFETIME movie.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
'I spent a Saturday enjoying a great read. The story, while a little sad, did show that even when life deals you a bad hand, you can overcome the obstacles and make the most of it. I especially liked the descriptive prose of each chapter. I could see the snow falling, smell the pine of the Christmas tree, and feel the warmth of the characters.'