From the highly acclaimed author of When She Flew and Riding With the Queen, a powerful new novel that asks how well we know the people we love—and how well we know ourselves.
A bittersweet masterpiece filled with longing and hope, Jennie Shortridge’s emotional novel explores the raw, tender complexities of relationships and personal identity.
Who is Lucie Walker? Even Lucie herself can’t answer that question after she comes to, confused and up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay. Back home in Seattle, she adjusts to life with amnesia, growing unsettled by the clues she finds to the selfish, carefully guarded person she used to be. Will she ever fall in love with her handsome, kindhearted fiancé, Grady? Can he devote himself to the vulnerable, easygoing Lucie 2.0, who is so unlike her controlling former self? When Lucie learns that Grady has been hiding some very painful secrets that could change the course of their relationship, she musters the courage to search for the shocking, long-repressed childhood memories that will finally set her free.
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About the Author
Jennie Shortridge has published five novels: Love Water Memory, When She Flew, Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe, Eating Heaven, and Riding with the Queen. When not writing, teaching writing workshops, or volunteering with kids, Jennie stays busy as a founding member of Seattle7Writers.org, a collective of Northwest authors devoted both to raising funds for community literacy projects and to raising awareness of Northwest literature.
What People are Saying About This
"A wonderful book; lovely....just perfect."
—Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
“Part tense mystery and part brilliant psychological drama, Shortridge’s eloquent novel is a breathtaking story of how well we really know the people we love—and ourselves.”
—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
"Intriguing, resonant, and deeply satisfying, Love Water Memory takes us into the mystery of one woman's past and her attempts to reclaim both herself and the love she left behind.”
—Erica Bauermeister, author of The School of Essential Ingredients
"Love Water Memory is a beautiful novel about what the mind forgets and what the heart remembers. A story of memories as shadows, elongated and distorted by time, until they eclipse cherished loves, familial connections, and painful truths. A captivating read from start to finish."
—Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
"By the end of page one of Love Water Memory, readers care about Lucie and why she's standing in frigid San Francisco Bay in an Armani suit. Jennie Shortridge's fifth novel moves like a thriller, as along with Lucie we discover what led to her flight from her fiance Grady and her high-powered career. In the hands of a less accomplished author the plot could have become maudlin. Here, it’s credible; Grady is loving but flawed; the pre-amnesiac Lucie not always likable. But they fight for understanding and happiness, and readers will be cheering for them all the way."
—Cheryl Krocker McKeon, Rakestraw Books, Danville CA
"Love Water Memory is slowly and sweetly revelatory as Lucie, coming out of the fog of amnesia, and Grady, finally swimming to a surface without his father, move toward each other in a new recognition of themselves and each other, leaving behind disguises they no longer need. There is laughter and there are tears as these two people learn to trust each other and to be fearless in finding a better, more honest way of loving than what they once knew."
—Valerie Jean Ryan, Cannon Beach Books, Cannon Beach, OR
"Engaging characters, beautiful settings, and a story that keeps the reader’s interest from the very start. Lucie ran away from her fiancé 8 days ago, now she has no memory of who she is or anyone else either. Grady is coming to get her, but he would just as soon Lucie not remember the day she ran. Aunt Helen holds the secrets of a childhood gone terribly wrong. As the characters face the challenges from the past and present, the reader will be rooting for them. These are characters that make you care and a plot line that will not let you go."
—Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books & Music, Sunriver, OR
Reading Group Guide
This reading group guide for Love Water Memory includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Jennie Shortridge. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
When missing Seattle woman Lucie Walker is found standing in the frigid San Francisco Bay with no recollection of her past, she must wake from the fog of amnesia to finally confront her darkest secrets. In this emotional drama, thirty-nine-year-old Lucie slowly uncovers what made her run away from a successful career and loving fiancé Grady, who struggles with his own emotional shortcomings and hides the details of his last encounter with Lucie. As Lucie struggles to reclaim her identity, she must first discover who she used to be, including finally unearthing the details of her tragic childhood.
Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. Lucie suffers from dissociative fugue. According to the Cleveland Clinic, “The word fugue comes from the Latin word for ‘flight.’ People with dissociative fugue temporarily lose their sense of personal identity and impulsively wander or travel away from their homes or places of work. They often become confused about who they are and might even create new identities . . . Dissociative fugue has been linked to severe stress, which might be the result of traumatic events—such as war, abuse, accidents, disasters or extreme violence—that the person has experienced or witnessed.” Discuss how the condition applies to Lucie.
2. Lucie’s aunt Helen Ten Hands says, “We didn’t know how a mind could break so badly,” (p. 316). Discuss how and why neither Lucie nor her loved ones understood the depth of her mental illness. How might they have helped her earlier?
3. Compare the pre-amnesiac Lucie with the “new” Lucie. How does she change, and what does this signify?
4. How does Grady’s early family life affect his relationship with Lucie, and his own life choices? What role does his large, loquacious family play in the present-day story?
5. Grady spends much time under water. Lucie woke in the water, and seems to be swimming through a fog. Discuss the symbolism of water for both characters in Love Water Memory.
6. Lucie goes to great lengths to learn to cook after she comes home. What is the significance of food and the cooking scenes in the story?
7. Discuss the role of psychotherapy in the book, and each character’s take on it. Why doesn’t Lucie get help earlier? Can family members force their loved ones to seek counseling?
8. How did the death of a parent at a young age impact both Lucie and Grady? What are the similarities and differences in their experiences with love and loss, and how does early loss affect each one?
9. Compare the effect of music for Lucie, and water for Grady. What do they each find in those things, and why?
10. Helen longs to reconnect with her niece, yet is overwhelmed at having to tell Lucie the truth about the past. What contributes to her internal conflict?
11. In what ways is Grady holding on to his prior notions of the “old” Lucie? How does this affect his developing feelings for the “new” Lucie?
12. Discuss the similarities between Grady and Helen’s deceased husband, Edward Ten Hands, and what drew Lucie to each of them.
13. How do you think Lucie will resolve her “new” and “old” selves?
Enhance Your Book Club
1. Grady turns to swimming as an escape from the world. Discuss what place, activity, or passion is your retreat, and what effect it has on you, and why.
2. The pre-amnesiac Lucie saw family as an obstacle to her relationship with Grady. The new Lucie embraces his big clan as her own. Discuss how family affects—for better or worse—the relationships in your life.
3. Music, food, and photos are all memory triggers for Lucie. What senses or sensations are memory triggers for you?
4. What do you think the author is saying about identity and about the ability or inability to change your own? Has your identity changed over time or through difficult life events or stressors? What makes you you?
5. Visit the Mayo Clinic’s website (mayoclinic.com) and read about the four types of dissociative disorders, including dissociative fugue. Discuss the nuances of each, and how Lucie fits her diagnosis. Has mental illness affected anyone in your life?
6. Visit the author’s website, JennieShortridge.com, and read more about what influenced her to write this book, as well as her tips for book group meetings.
A Conversation with Jennie Shortridge
1. What prompted you to explore the world of mental illness, more specifically dissociative fugue?
Whether I plan to or not, I always seem to include some aspect of mental illness and health in the stories I write, most probably because I grew up under the care of a mother who suffered from various forms of it. I am most interested in the stories of people who are grappling with something very difficult but very human, as we all do from time to time—even if it’s not as dramatic as amnesia.
Reading fiction often shows us a path for coping with our own issues and problems, because we become so deeply involved with the characters and how they solve their dilemmas. It doesn’t matter if they do a shoddy job of it; we observe that and make better plans for ourselves. That’s why reading fiction was so important to me as a kid, and why I’ve been so drawn to writing it for as long as I can remember.
2. In your other novels, you created fictional stories using true life experiences. Was Lucie’s story based on any real-life events?
Love Water Memory was inspired by a news article in the Seattle Times in 2006, about a man who disappeared for six weeks, having suffered from dissociative fugue. His fiancée found him much in the way Grady found Lucie, and they began their lives together again even though he didn’t remember her. That fascinated me, and I wanted to write that story: how two people might come back together, and what hurdles and obstacles might get in the way.
What I didn’t realize until after I wrote the first draft was that I used a very personal and very dark early memory of my mother experiencing post-partum psychosis in crafting Lucie’s back story. I’d thought I was writing something completely outside of my own experience, and yet, I guess we never do.
3. Many of your books are set in the Pacific Northwest. Why did you choose Seattle as the setting for Love Water Memory, and how did your experience living in the city help shape the story?
The Pacific Northwest is all about mood and light, so it creates the perfect setting for drama. Even though there isn’t much rain in this story, there’s still something about the shade of tall trees, the vista of water at the horizon, that feels evocative to me.
I wanted to write a story set in a very ordinary neighborhood—much like the one I live in—to ground these characters who were forced completely out of their comfort zones. In fact, their bungalow’s floor plan is mine exactly. They do have different tastes in decorating than I do. Their house is cool and unemotional while mine is bright and messy and sometimes overly emotional. But every room is in the same place.
4. The name Lucie means “light,” and Grady is Irish for “descendant of the noble one.” Did you choose these names as representations of the characters’ personalities?
Oh, how wonderful! I had no idea. I actually named them after my husband’s grandmother and my own step-grandfather, who was part Cherokee. I then asked friends if I could use the names of their favorite grandparents for the rest of the characters. I use different naming conventions with each book (sometimes looking up meanings, sometimes, as in this time, obviously not) and it just pleased me to use the names of people who were so loved by people I love.
5. It is never revealed what exactly happened to Lucie during the days she ran away to San Francisco. What do you imagine her doing before she was found?
One of the interesting things about dissociative fugue is that those who have it don’t remember anything about the time between going missing and “coming to.” In writing this book, I wanted to give the reader the same experience. All we can do is piece the story together, as Lucie tries to do, through eyewitness accounts and her own kind of sleuthing, figuring out her past. Not everything in life can be known. Some mysteries remain forever, and I find that idea really intriguing and worth sharing.
6. Playing the piano becomes instrumental in helping Lucie reconnect with who she is. As a songwriter, how does music influence your writing?
First of all, nice pun! I think all writing is musical. It has a rhythm and melody, with repeating themes, changes in tempo, glissandos and swells and dynamic range. Some writing clunks, and you know it when you read it, and you endeavor to smooth it into a pleasing passage, or to hit the right notes in an action sequence.
That said, I can’t listen to music when I’m writing, which makes me really sad. I have friends who do, and it seems so romantic, so pleasing to have music in your ears and mind and soul when you’re writing. But it just distracts me, unfortunately. I love to write either to silence or to the loud white noise of a coffee shop.
7. The topics of your novels have ranged from homelessness, addiction, broken marriage and death, and often mental illness. Do you specifically set out to address certain difficult issues, and why?
Perhaps because of my background, I’m driven to understand how and why things break, and to examine and pull apart and put back together all of the pieces. I realized early in my novel-writing life that when I did this, other people benefited as well, especially if they’d dealt with hardships in their lives (which, of course, most of us have in one way or another).
I think that by writing and talking about difficult things, we bring them out into the light where they aren’t as terrifying or awful, and we find that others have felt or experienced the same things. That’s what reading is all about, to me: the realization that we’re not alone. We are connected in so many ways that we may not understand until we find ourselves in the muck, looking for a way out.
8. At the book’s conclusion, Lucie and Grady seem to have reached a new level of understanding but still have challenges ahead. Do you think they’ll make it in the long run?
What’s more important is what do you think? I don’t mean that in a coy way. I actually believe the reader is an active participant in the story, and it’s up to each reader to decide certain things, especially what happens after the written word stops.
9. You have said, “I write to examine the universal story through the personal lens.” What is the universal story you would like readers to take away from the book?
As with every book I’ve written, I want them to see that there is a certain magic to love. That unhappy beginnings or experiences in life don’t have to lead to unhappy lives. And, most importantly, that there is always hope.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lucie Walker used to be the kind of Type-A woman who meticulously planned everything: what she did at her day job, what she ate for breakfast, what she would wear to her wedding. Losing her memory two months before her 40th birthday was not on the agenda. After she is found knees-deep in the water hundreds of miles from home, she is sent to the hospital, where she is greeted by a handsome man who pulls her into a painfully unfamiliar lover's embrace. She finally realizes she is Lucie Walker, the Lucie Walker who planned everything and has a caring fiancé; the Lucie Walker whom she does not remember. Now, in the world her previous self left behind, Lucie is alone, without even her own memory to keep her company... and in this world, she needs to trust someone since she can no longer trust herself. The entire process of Grady and Lucie reacquainting—finding love and companionship in each other all over again—was clever, well-paced, and inevitably romantic. Grady's pain of missing the old Lucie—his meticulous, aloof Lucie—but struggle over falling for the new one—the warm, sweet Lucie—is relatable and raw, while Lucie's inability to remember everything about the man she's supposed to love, equally difficult. Shortridge accurately portrays the helplessness that the couple fall into during this tragedy, which, as Lucie discovers as she slowly recovers her memory through various environmental triggers, occurred in the wake of different kind of tragedy that Grady is reluctant to bring up. Grady is plagued by the guilt of what happened at home that caused Lucie to flee in the first place, but he can't bring it up with the new Lucie—not when he's feeling first-time butterflies all over again, not when, this time around, he actually may have a shot to make her happy. Grady is a flawed, but in essence, perfect hero; he is a man to fall in love with. I love how he is sensitive and thoughtful, and sometimes recedes into his own thoughts. He is a beta hero who, although shy and rather fragile, listens to his gut, thinks too deeply, and always acts with passion. We get both new Lucie's and Grady's perspectives in the third person, so it was difficult to really sympathize with either character intimately. I felt bad for the characters because of the frustration and impossibility of renewing their original relationship, but I couldn't really side with either of them, especially Lucie. Because she pretty much doesn't have an identity throughout the novel (although it does slowly build up as she learns more and more about her repressed past), her perspective is like that of an infant's; she continuously discovers people, places, and things around her, but not very deeply. However, this curiosity leads her to reconnecting with a part of her family that she strictly kept silent about before her amnesic episode. Old Lucie was the kind of woman who was so damaged by childhood that she couldn't even speak of it, but now that she's not only willing to talk to Grady about whatever "it" is, but also actively trying to find out why she might have entered dissociative fugue, the hideous, inconceivable demons of her past begin to surface. This is the part I really couldn't get into. The loss in Lucie's teenage years is terrible, yes, and the trigger that caused her to completely blank out, even more traumatic, but there is no twist or no heart-pounding discovery. Small snippets of old Lucie's life flicker in her now empty mind alluding some sort of ghastly experience, but when readers are finally enlightened, it's a bit of a letdown. The climax is predictable, and I'll admit it's not like it's no big deal, but it was just poorly executed. Afterwards, the closing action just drooped... nothing is really resolved, and the ending doesn't offer much either. While the book is wholly about Lucie's dissociative fugue, it does very little to entertain the subject of mental illness. It's an obvious fact that trauma and repression can lead to memory loss; Shortridge does not elaborate upon this. In fact, Lucie does not even visit a psychiatrist, so if you're thinking about trying this one solely because you like stories about mental disorders, this isn't really the best book to pick up. I was also not a huge fan of the writing. Shortridge can tell a damn good story with a fresh voice—very readable, very modern—but her style just isn't eloquent. The subject matter is fascinating, and the story illuminates upon how obstacles can be overcome by the power of love, but the writing just seemed very clumsy to me. There is nothing poetic or expressive in Shortridge's hand; I was anticipating it to be gorgeous, sentimental, and detailed, but instead found it to be rather mediocre. Pros: Characters are vividly formed; seem so human // Gradual mystery // Complex family dynamics portrayed // Very easy to read; kept me on edge and wanting to read more // Complicated emotions regarding identity // Strong message on the power of love Cons: Writing isn't that substantial // While the subject matter is grave, Lucie's path to discovery is nothing profound // Difficult to sympathize with situation and characters // Mental illness is not deeply portrayed Verdict: Thoroughly moving and provocative, Love Water Memory examines the effects of trauma, the principles and necessity of family, and the miraculous gift of second chances. Although I was not impressed by the unembellished writing style and the fact that mental health isn't significantly addressed, I did enjoy this luminescent novel of the certain magic of love—the magic that, for Lucie and Grady, separates a brand new start from the misfortune of reliving the same pain. The emotions are heavy, while the carefully hidden, agonizingly uncovered secrets, extremely grave in Jennie Shortridge's newest; this is a tender, serious story about being stronger than the sum of your weaknesses, and the opportunity to reconcile after inevitably hurting the ones you love. Rating: 7 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): Not perfect, but overall enjoyable; borrow, don't buy! Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher via tour publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Gallery Books and Literati Author Services!).
From the beginning to the end, this writer helped me along in the self-discovery process of the main character and succeeded in bringing to life the authentic voices of all the characters. I could have read on, but I'm glad the story came to a satisfying conclusion.
Tender, realistic, hopeful. Very good writing .
Great book, would recommend reading.
Lucie finds herself standing knee deep in freezing cold water in San Francisco bay unable to remember who she is or how she got there. She is taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a dissociative fugue state and has been missing for 8 days. When her fiancé Grady comes to pick her up and take her back home to Seattle she doesn't recognize him or remember anything about their life together. When she's home she also doesn't remember the house or anything personal in her life. Lucie struggles to remember who she is and as she gets details from the people around her she isn't sure she likes the person she's learning about. The new Lucie is easy to like but the old Lucie is a colder, controlling, buttoned up executive type and Grady struggles with the change in the woman he loves. Both Lucie and Grady have tumultuous pasts and Lucie is determined to figure out what caused her to lose herself. I have read several stories about amnesia and I tend to gravitate to them because I love the psychological aspect of the mystery. Much of the time there's a bad guy who manipulates the main character's memory of their past but this time we don't have a real manipulation even though Grady does tend to hold details back from Lucie ostensibly to protect her but also to protect himself. In "Love Water Memory" the main story centers around Lucie's quest to find out who she used to be and deal with the fallout of losing herself. I found myself both enjoying the psychological plot line and also being frustrated by it. I wanted there to be more communication between Lucie and Grady instead of this self protective push-pull that the reader experiences between the characters. If I were Lucie, all I'd want was the truth and for everyone around me to help me find that. I also found it frustrating that no one seemed worried that there was an actual wedding planned that was only 8 weeks away! No one cancels anything and Lucie doesn't even go through the invites to see who she knows that might be able to help her understand her past. I really resonated with some of the new experiences that Lucie had, it made me think about how I'd feel in that situation. The whole book made me think about the people around me and how we would deal with a situation like this. This is the part I found the most enjoying, how the author made me think about things, feel the feelings of Lucie as she struggled to reshape her life. I found this book to be an easy read and although I found Grady's behavior and excessively passive nature a little annoying, I did enjoy the journey through Lucie's life as I learned more and more about her and why she was the way she was. I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 but since I can't use half numbers I'll bump it up to a 4 because of the excellent way the author made the reader feel Lucie's struggles.
The amnesia story is not an uncommon theme, and LOVE WATER MEMORY felt more genuine than most I've read. Lucie 'wakes up' for lack of a better word, and no longer knows who she is. She knows somethings to be true about the world around her, but that's it. She finds herself being led into this new world by a man she has no memory of. Her fiance, Grady, seems to be holding something back from the very beginning. The novel moves back and forth from Lucie to Grady's perspective, so we the reader find out what right away. But like the two characters we somehow can't put all the pieces together. When Lucie comes back, she comes back as a very different woman...almost like she got to reset. Lucie had what seemed to be a hard edge to her before and a soft Lucie has taken her place. But it leaves the question: What had made Lucie so hard before? Grady didn't have the answers, as he realizes how little he knew the 'real' Lucie. I would say LOVE WATER MEMORY is one of my favorite books to date. I loved how both Lucie and Grady had to look at themselves, dig deep into their own pasts to see what defined who they were and why, not only that, but did they want those incidents to define who they were? Could they learn to love each other again? Could they? Were they even still compatible? Not only was this a great story, I thought it was very well written. I became emotionally invested in what happened to Lucie (past and present). I am highly recommending LOVE WATER MEMORY!
First and foremost I would like to thank Simon and Schuster for approving the blog for this book and especially for sending me the paperback of it! I cannot wait to share it with my friends who I think will really enjoy it. This book begins with some swimmers finding Lucie in knee deep water in her Armani suit with no memory of who she is or why she is there. She is taken the the hospital and diagnosed with dissociative fugue which is when someone loses their sense of personal identity and tend to temporarily flee. She is "claimed" by Grady, who says he is her fiancee and they are due to get married in six weeks. From there, we watch as Lucie begins to know Grady all over again and finds herself. This book was so deep and poignant that I hate to even write about anything she discovers as I want you to feel it for yourself for the first time while reading it. The main theme is that Lucie has no family except for an aunt, Helen, who is desperate to reconnect with her niece. When we find out what caused Lucie to become an orphan pretty much, it is quite shocking for the reader and obviously a major life changer for Lucie. This book was so well written I felt like I could have been there living each day with Lucie as she tries to recover from her illness and figure out her new place in life. She has a hard time believing how she behaved in her former time and has to come to terms with it and become someone "new" that she likes. We also get alternating POV's and hear Grady's side of the story and also how he deals with this "new" person after knowing someone entirely different for the past five years. I highly recommend this read to anyone! I especially love books about people with amnesia and must say this one touched me in a way no other has. There was no easy fix in this one and she didn't miraculously wake up one day and have everything figured out. It was a struggle and a journey and I loved living every second of it. I am now a fan of the author and will be heading on over to Amazon to check out her other works and will be reading more by her in the near future. Reviewed by Mystery for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for honest review*
When I received this book in the mail, I was extremely excited to read it. The book is well written and has a plot like I never have read before. Very original and enjoyed it immensely. The story goes straight into Lucie losing her memory and is found in a place unknown. has no idea who she is and the ones she loves. Throughout this book her main plan is to find her past self. The one person that loves her most is Grady. I am going to say this first, I love him. He is very patient, loving and calm. Exact opposite of who Lucie use to be. How can she keep her relationship going with a man that still loves her past self. The life she lived before was what she strived to find out about. Even things that Lucie kept Grady from knowing. There are things from her childhood that are mouth dropping that I can't give anymore away! I recommend this book to anyone that loves a great story. Believable characters that you feel you may know someone like them. I truly did love the new Lucie and Grady. I rate this book a 4.4. Surprising ending!
Can you imagine coming to in a strange place and not knowing who you are or how you got there? Your memory...wiped clean! Kind of a scary thought, isn't it? That is what happens to Lucie Walker. When Lucie learns of her identity, she finds out she is engaged to Grady Goodall. When he picks her up at the hospital, Lucie's journey to piece together her past begins. What will she discover about her former self? Love Water Memory is beautifully told from the POV of three people...mostly Lucie and Grady and a little from Lucie's Aunt Helen. I liked how this book is told in multiple views, and I think it worked best that way as it gave me a sense of the big picture. With Lucie's POV, I felt all her fears, frustrations, and curiosity of the unknown. When Grady takes her home, she is basically going home with a stranger, and this is where Grady's POV becomes essential. His view not only consists of memories of their lives together and how much he loves her, but also includes all his worries and own painful experiences. They must now navigate the waters of the unknown to find the truth, to perhaps reconnecting, and it's an arduous process. I spent a few days completely wrapped up in Love Water Memory, and I found this story absolutely thought-provoking! Ms. Shortridge's writing flows with vivid and moving storytelling. "She didn't know him at all, and yet, there was something that told her she did. 'It's okay,' she said again and reached out to embrace him, to let him embrace her." This is a story of learning to deal, learning to move on, and eventually learning the true meaning of love. It's a great reminder that the human mind is powerful, yet it has the ability to protect itself when necessary. Love Water Memory is truly a compelling read that left me feeling full of hope. *A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Love Water Memory is told through three viewpoints: Lucie, Grady, and Helen. Lucie suffers from amnesia. The doctors aren’t sure why. They suspect an incident triggered it, but since Lucie can’t remember and Grady isn’t talking—nobody knows. Helen is Lucie’s estranged aunt and Grady tries to protect Lucie from her. The old Lucie wouldn’t talk about her childhood, her parents, or her aunt. Her parents are dead and Helen may be the only one who has the key to why Lucie has chosen to forget. Will Lucie ever remember who she was? She’s not sure she wants to. The old Lucie doesn’t have any friends. All the old Lucie did was to work ferociously as a headhunter and run. This new Lucie makes friends, she likes who she is, and yet her past haunts her. She knows she’ll never find peace or be able to marry Grady until she remembers. And when she does remember, will she still want to marry Grady? Love Water Memory is an engaging story that explores identity and how much our past impacts our present.
this book made me happy to read it..not because the story was overwhelmingly jolly and bright..but because of the hope it instilled..reminding me of how fortunate we are when we can identify the simplest things..ourselves, our loved ones, our past, and even whatever present situation exists in our lives....to forget, to not know, to yearn for missing pieces and parts of yourself....to prevent yourself from past pain by forgetting who, and what, and why, and how....and yet the ability to reinvent yourself, to work at being better, doing more, transforming the who that you were....never give five stars, but the complex simplicity of this story earned it
Terrific dive inside! LOVE WATER MEMORY explores the upturned life of Lucie Walker who suddenly becomes conscious knee-deep in the San Francisco Bay. But it isn't just Lucie who struggles to find herself again. Her fiance Grady must accomplish his own wade inland. This was an impossible book to put down and left me wondering how different I'd be if I couldn't remember who I'd already decided who I was. Terrific story. Well told!
What if something hit your re-set? Just booted the old programs without any data? Would you like who you were? Would you even recognize who you were? That is what happened to Lucie. The story follows Lucie and her fiancée Grady as they learn who they are together and who Lucie is/was. All kinds of things come up about Lucie and her past. This is a story of hope, essentially, and the characters and situations are well done. Lots of good parallels between love and water and memory plus how we’re buoyed by all three. Received free copy for review.
Lucie Walker....who is that? Even Lucie doesn't know. She comes to consciousnesses knee deep in San Francisco bay, with no idea who she is or why she is there. She ends up in the psych ward, and on the news...which is how she was found by her fiance Grady. Slowly, she begins to realize that she is not the same Lucie who left Grady a week before. She isn't sure she would want to be that Lucie! Controlling, distant, maybe even unfriendly... Follow along as she slowly uncovers her past, old memories that can effect the rest of her life. Others think some memories are too hard, too horrible to be remembered at all. A fascinating peek inside a human mind. Don't start reading this one evening...you will be up all night reading!
The first page pulls you into the deep end. Lucie is found, standing knee-deep in the San Francisco Bay, dressed in her Armani suit. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. News coverage in hopes of finding her identity bring her fiance, Grady to her side, all the way from Seattle. Going 'home' does not jog her memory, Grady is a stranger to her, but she sees what a good person he is. What we learn through Grady's thoughts and seeing post-amnesia Lucie is that the old Lucie wasn't all that likable, being demanding, precise, rigid and a loner who refused to open up about herself or her past. New Lucie is friendly, outgoing, sweet, but still has that headstrong attitude. Which is the real Lucie? Why has she blocked out her past? What does it take to 'fix' her? It's obvious that Grady cares for the new Lucie, possibly more than the old Lucie, whom he used to help hide himself from his own feelings of inadequacy and weakness, after all, his life was always run by overbearing, strong, over-protective women. Then, there is Lucie's long estranged aunt, who reconnects with her after almost two decades. I fell in love with this story, written so vibrantly, yet so delicately, like watching a red rose unfold as Lucie, Grady and Helen heal from their past wounds. This ARC copy of Love Water Memory was given to me by NetGalley and Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. Pub Date Apr 2 2013