Memory House is a place where friendship turns to love, love lasts forever, and memories outlive their owner. Ophelia Browne knows this because she's been granted the unique gift of finding and caring for those forgotten memories. But now she's nearing ninety, and needs to find a successor - soon.
When broken-hearted Annie Cross shows up on the doorstep of The Memory House Bed and Breakfast, Ophelia knows she is the one. The two women forge a bond of friendship as they sip magical dandelion tea and share stories. When Annie starts to uncover new memories Ophelia is delighted, but then a thread of violence begins to unravel and she fears things have gone too far.
Winner of the 2015 FAPA President's Book Award Silver Medal
|Publisher:||Bent Pine Publishing|
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About the Author
"Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write."
Crosby's work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since then, she has gone on to win another seventeen literary awards, including the Royal Palm Literary Award, The Reviewer's Choice Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal and the Reader's Favorite International Book Award Gold Medal.
Her published novels to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009), Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), Cupid's Christmas (2012), What Matters Most (2013), Jubilee's Journey (2013), Previously Loved Treasures (2014), Blueberry Hill, A Sister's Story (2014) Passing through Perfect (2015) and Memory House (2015). She also authored "Life in the Land of IS" a memoir of Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world's longest living quadriplegic.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My Review of "Memory House" by Bette Lee Crosby I was captivated and enthralled by the magical and memorable novel, "Memory House" by Bette Lee Crosby. Bette Lee Crosby writes such a vivid and descriptive novel with an intriguing cast of characters. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, Women's Fiction, Romance and Magical Realism. The author describes the characters as complex, complicated, and quirky. Some of the characters have special abilities. Ophelia Browne who is ninety years old, lives in an old house filled with memories, and items that seem to have memories .Ophelia has a gift in keeping and getting memories from others, especially through objects. It is Ophelia's goal to find a successor to be able to hold and keep these memories, when Ophelia is no longer living. Annie Cross, is heartbroken, and somehow she is drawn to this house of memories. Ophelia seems to realize that Annie also seems to possess this gift. The two form a friendship and Annie learns to garden and use herbs from Ophelia. As Ophelia shares some of her prized possessions and reveals the memories, Annie starts to realize that she is reacting to memories as well. Annie becomes obsessed with a broken bicycle and a ball that is in the house. Annie is on a quest to find out who the bicycle belonged to. Ophelia starts to worry when some of Annie's memories seem to be dangerous. I love the interaction between Ophelia and Annie. The "Memory House" is an exceptional entertaining and enjoyable story that I highly recommend.
Memory House has captivated me from the first pages. With her delightful prose, Bette Lee Crosby has created a magic and fascinating storyline with wonderful characters and a very special and gifted bond, which left the reader fascinated and hopeful to discover more about Ophelia and Annie. Memory House follows Annie, who “accidentally” arrives at Memory House, where immediately connects with Ophelia. Ophelia is a charismatic woman, and she sees in Annie’s violet eyes the young version of herself. Sharing Ophelia’s treasures, Annie will discover a new way of observing things and their hidden memories. I was impressed by the depth of Ophelia’s words describing her love for Edward, and the delicacy while describing her memories to Annie. The atmosphere is so familiar and comfortable, and you will think about this book also after putting it down. Thankfully, this book has a sequel that allows us to enjoy a little bit more Annie and Ophelia’s company.
I’ve read most of Bette Lee Crosby’s books and adored them. She has this southern flavor in her writing that appeals to my soul. Memory House is the first book in the collection and enchants you right from the get go. Ophelia is nearing 90 years old, and while she’s slowing down, she still has a lot of living to do. Searching from someone to pass her guardianship of treasures to, she waits for that someone to appear. Ophelia can capture memories from objects. She feels their emotions, and sometimes visualizes them. She keeps the objects she comes across in her loft, keeping them alive to become others memories too. Perhaps that’s why so many of us are drawn to antiques and old things. We’re curious about them, wonder about the owners. In walks Annie, looking for some time away after a bad break up with her boyfriend. She stumbles upon Memory House Bed & Breakfast, where a kind elderly woman welcomes her in. They quickly form a kinship and Ophelia feels that special someone has finally arrived. Now to see if she’s right. I especially enjoyed it when Ophelia introduced her treasures to Annie. I recognized character’s the objects belonged to from some of her other books. It took me back to those beloved places and characters. A treat and such a clever idea. Memory House a lovely read. Bette never fails to deliver engaging, step from the pages character’s that quickly become special friends to you. Her story is woven with magic. It entices, evokes your emotions, and you finish with a need for more. I’m now reading the second book, The Loft, and it take places not too long after this book ends. Right back into this world and eagerly turning the pages.
You will fall in love with this enchanting story! I absolutely, positively love the premise of this book. That we attach memories to physical objects that are meaningful to us, those memories stay with the object, and especially intuitive people are able to see and feel them. If you come across an interesting piece of jewelery or another unique item, in an antique or thrift store, don't you wonder what stories it could tell? In Memory House, author Bette Lee Crosby uses magical realism to weave a warm tale about the magic of memories, the power of love, finding your own path and the promise of new memories to make. I like to write book reviews to simply share my opinion and some things I would like to know if I were deciding to pick up this book. I am grateful to have been given an Advanced Reader's Copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This is my first Bette Lee Crosby novel and I enjoyed it so much. I fell in love with Annie, a young woman looking for solace away from home to deal wiith a traumatic break-up with her boyfriend. She takes a short leave from her unfulfilling job analyzing numbers as an actuary, hops into her car and goes where her intuition leads. She ends up in a small town, in front of a small house with a small sign in the yard advertising rooms for rent. Feeling drawn in, she's met by Ophelia, a slight gray-haired woman approaching her ninetieth year. Ophelia has a large herb garden and an apothecary in the front room of her house where townspeople come for remedies of the body and the heart. She was widowed as a young bride, and has stayed all these years in the house she and her husband made many happy memories in. She feels her Edward with her there. In fact, Ophelia has a gift of feeling memories, from different objects that seem drawn to her. A young boy's ball, a silver locket, an old Bible with generations of a family recorded within, a rusted bicycle. When she holds or touches these objects, she is able to see and feel the emotions of the owners. Ophelia feels bound to be the keeper of these objects and their memories, and has been waiting for the special someone who also possesses her gift to come along and become the new keeper before she turns ninety. She knows it's Annie the moment she sees her. I won't spoil the rest of the story. It will surprise you, make you smile and shed a tear or two. I was taken in from the first paragraph, and could not put it down until the end. It transported me into their world. Crosby has a way of bringing you right in, with her vivid images and scenes. The character development was wonderful and I really bonded with these characters. One of my biggest pet peeves in reading a book is finding typos or grammatical errors that distract from my reading experience. I'm not surprised to happily report that none were found. My other pet peeve is a book that ends on a cliffhanger. Memory House came to a very touching conclusion that left me happy and satisfied, but of course wanting more. I do hope Crosby has a second book planned, as there could be room for a sequel or a short novella. :) I do hope you decide to read Memory House. I highly recommend it. It certainly won't be the last Bette Lee Crosby book I read. 5 out of 5 stars.
Author, Bette Lee Crosby, has done it again. Bette is an amazing author who takes simple characters, places them in conjunction with and similarity to others who either have need, or who are able to give to the cause at hand. In this book, an old woman has run a bed and breakfast for many years. She is alone and has devoted her life to others via special ways of her own, which most don't even know about. As she is nearing the end of her life, she feels it necessary to begin believing that someone will come along, who can take over her work at the Memory House. And sure enough, a young woman, Annie Cross, living her own life with a partner situation that is not rewarding or fulfilling any longer, comes to visit the bed and breakfast. The old woman perceives immediately that Annie is the one. And the story begins, at Memory House. This book will keep you turning the pages - feeling the emotions - wondering just how it will all turn out. That's what Bette Lee Crosby's books do. They sweep you up, hold you firm, and then let you down with memories that don't fade. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking a good, insightful, well-written story of human compassion, enough intrigue to keep it interesting, some disappointment and oh so much love. Enjoy!