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Memory House
     

Memory House

4.3 43
by Bette Lee Crosby
 
A MAGICAL LOVE STORY... Second edition, now with added content.

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 -

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A MAGICAL LOVE STORY... Second edition, now with added content.

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

Editorial Reviews

It's My Life in Books - Jen Goodreads
Memory House reminded me again why I really enjoy Crosby's books.

I love Ophelia and Annie! I want to move into that house and stay with them. I love the magical and memorable storyline.
Heidi Beviewer
I am a sucker for magical realism stories as I like to believe that there is the possibility of magic in the real world. Ms. Crosby delivers a sweet and simple story with two unforgettable women who forge a lovely friendship, along with a pinch of magic. If you are looking for a light, quick, cozy read, this is a sure bet.
Fans of Ms. Crosby will be delighted to know that all the articles that possess these special memories can be found in her other books. A clever and unique concept.
JC Consulting - Judith Collins
MEMORY HOUSE is a magical book of memories, of stories; from award-winning master southern storyteller, Bette Lee Crosby- bringing treasures of unique gifts, while re-connecting with much loved previous heart-warming characters.
Judith Collins
MEMORY HOUSE is a magical book of memories, of stories; from award-winning master southern storyteller, Bette Lee Crosby- bringing treasures of unique gifts, while re-connecting with much loved previous heart-warming characters.
Ana Poplenicki
memory House is a beautiful book about stories and perceptions; past lives and intertwined memories. Bette's writing is like a lovingly-crafted quilt. The characters are deep and magical, but also flawed and thus believable in how realistic they are.
Goodreads - Ana Poplenicki
memory House is a beautiful book about stories and perceptions; past lives and intertwined memories. Bette's writing is like a lovingly-crafted quilt. The characters are deep and magical, but also flawed and thus believable in how realistic they are.
Goodreads - Sue T
Memory House is an incredible treat. It tells the story of Annie, a young woman who is in an unsettled point in her life, and her relationship with Ophelia, an older woman who can "feel" memories. The ending definitely left room to expand on the stories told in Memory House and I sincerely hope that happens.
Sue T
Memory House is an incredible treat. It tells the story of Annie, a young woman who is in an unsettled point in her life, and her relationship with Ophelia, an older woman who can "feel" memories. The ending definitely left room to expand on the stories told in Memory House and I sincerely hope that happens.
Brandy Review
Memory House is a masterful book that the author has laced with the wonderment of memories. It is easy to become lost within the opening pages of this story and I found myself still trying to turn pages at the end of the story because I wasn't ready for it to end!
Goodreads - Brandy Review
Memory House is a masterful book that the author has laced with the wonderment of memories. It is easy to become lost within the opening pages of this story and I found myself still trying to turn pages at the end of the story because I wasn't ready for it to end!

Product Details

BN ID:
2940151320344
Publisher:
Bent Pine Publishing
Publication date:
04/08/2015
Series:
Memory House Collection , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
175
Sales rank:
10,359
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review

The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures."

Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down."

"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."

It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

Crosby's published works to date are: Memory House (2015), Passing through Perfect (2015), Wishing for Wonderful (2014), Blueberry Hill (2014), Previously Loved Treasures (2014), Jubilee's Journey (2013), What Matters Most (2013), The Twelfth Child (2012), Life in the Land of IS (2012), Cracks in the Sidewalk (2011), Spare Change (2011).

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Memory House 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
...books and stories, that's where the magic is Bette Lee Crosby is a master storyteller and her latest novel, Memory House follows the path of all the rest of her novels I have read - excellence. Her captivating characters had me eating out of their hands. Bette's writing takes us back and forth, between the past and present of Ophelia's life, since she entered Memory House in Richmond, Virginia. She is such a wonderful person, alone, yet so giving of herself to others. She runs a small apothecary shop that may supply someone with items for beauty, a common cure, or a love potion that a weary traveler may need. Ophelia has many memories, not all of them her own. It is time for the passing of the sword. Could Annie be the one she has been looking for? Annie will find herself on Ophelia's doorstep, after a failed relationship. Michael, her boyfriend is a super jerk, taking advantage of her desire for a relationship and her easy nature. He trots through life as if he is her gift from God and his desires are her desires. Boy is he in for a surprise as she realizes she doesn't have to have him in her life. Will she leave him? Will such an arrogant personality allow it? He was so sure he could leave and come back whenever he wanted and she would be there waiting for him. I felt a sense of danger in the writing and the thought that maybe Michael, her ex, would come after her, but Bette Lee Crosby's dangers are more subtle. Funny how smells can bring forth powerful memories and here at the Memory House Bed & Breakfast, they were good memories, healing memories, for Annie. Will the magic of Memory House enter her life and soothe her soul, giving her a purpose? Ophelia and Annie quickly develop a comfortable relationship, as if it is meant to be. Bette Lee Crosby has a way of giving you comfort when bad things happen. Sometimes I need to be reminded of the simple pleasures in life and her writing does that for me. As per Bette Lee Crosby's books I have read in the past, the story ends with tears of happiness swelling in my eyes. Another wonderful heart warming story of love, life, pain and sorrow, and the path her characters must walk through in life. I received Memory House in return for an honest review.
adje8795 More than 1 year ago
Memory House is one of the best books I've read, this year or any other. Bette Lee Crosby has the remarkable talent for writing stories that touch the heart and soul of her readers. Memory House is one of those stories. I did make the mistake of reading this one out of order and some of the surprises were spoilers, but it didn't lessen my enjoyment. So, I caution you to look out and read these in order for the utter pleasure of watching these people's lives unfold, mesh, and spool out into their destinies. Read Ms. Crosby's books with tissues, though. If you're like me, when someone touches my heart like she does, tears of joy and empathy abound! Do yourself a favor and pick the series up today! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Tina04 More than 1 year ago
What can I say she outdid herself again. Bette Lee Crosby knows how to write a book that you don't want to put down.Memories should always be there in your heart and shared with others. In this book Memory House shows you how to bring your memories out to be shared with others even if they aren't the best..
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birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
STORY LINE MEMORY HOUSE: Author Betty Lee Crosby created a heart-tugging romance novel in Memory House. Crosby crafted characters in Ophelia and Annie, which were strong, determined and warm. Ophelia, widowed early in life from her lifetime love, has a gift few possess. Ophelia spends her life in others memories by touching their possessions; possessions she calls her treasures. Reaching almost 90, Ophelia meets Annie and instantly knows she will play a role in Annie’s life. Teaching Annie herbs and potions is only part of what Annie will learn from Ophelia. Annie craves security, love, husband, and children. Leaving a long-term dead-end relationship with manipulative Michael, Annie leaves the city for small town Burnsville. Ophelia rents Annie a room and the story begins. Each realizes the other is special. Annie will discover she possesses unknown strengths and gifts. As well as, finally finding resolution in her professional and love life. Ophelia and Annie begin a journey unlocking memories of happiness, heartache, and treachery. As a result Annie will meet her destiny. Come have a seat, grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy my fiction/romance novel review of Memory House. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT: Where do I begin? Sometimes words fail a reviewer; this is one of those times for me. Crosby created a wonderful tale filled with emotions and longing. So much longing was infused into this story. As a result, she grabbed me immediately and did not let go until the last page. I was filled with anticipation to read each of books in this series. Written as a standalone, Memory House will inspire the reader to run and buy these books. Furthermore, Crosby developed each character throughout the book to their full potential. Her characters have warm and compassionate hearts for love, home, and people. I felt Ophelia and Annie were just next-door, waiting for me to come visit. Annie grew continually to become a confident happy woman. Memories of happy times are unlocked as well as sad terrible memories as she and Ophelia explore her gift. The concern of Ophelia for Annie’s ability to feel the bad memories is palatable. Consequently, the plotting fills the reader with anticipation and sometimes unease. Annie ‘s gift is unique; obsessed with restoring a bike from visions of a small boy pedaling along, she searches to find answers. Ultimately, she learns more of herself, her gift, Ophelia, and life. Crosby skillfully wove the many threads together to form a book the reader will not want to put down. Finally, in concluding my fiction/romance novel review of Memory House, I found an unforgettable story of love, memories, and longing. Crosby did not need fluff or sex to sell Memory House, as the story sales itself. Crafted with skillful writing and development, Memory House will stay with readers long after they finish the book. When I finished Memory House, I had a strong desire to hold my Granny’s apron; I wanted to feel her one more time and see her smile. Crosby, with skillful writing, presents the premise that memories never die but live on in objects and inside the individual. What a wonderful thought! MEMORY HOUSE RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4 I did not hesitate to give Memory House 4 well-deserved stars. Without a doubt, I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend. FINALLY PLEASE NOTE: Additionally, I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest
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Sue_H More than 1 year ago
MEMORIES AND MAKING A CHANGE. Rated 3.5 stars. This is the first book in the Memory House series. This book can be read as a standalone but you know the story continues in the next book. I did enjoy this story even if it isn't my usual genre to read. It was a nice change. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. The author did a good job of giving the two main characters, Ophelia and Annie, real emotions and explaining their backgrounds. Can memories be stored in an object? And what do you do with that information, if anything, once you know it? Or is it better to just leave those memories alone?
Karen-M More than 1 year ago
Having already read Spare Change I really looked forward to reading Memory House. I owe a big thank you to Bette Lee Crosby, the author, for gifting me with a copy. Sweet, sentimental, magical story that will touch your heart. I admit the last few chapters really got to me, as in two tissues worth. I loved this story not only because of the references to characters I first met in Spare Change but because the new characters, Ophelia and Annie are just so wonderfully written that you can’t help but love them. This story has magic wafting through the pages. Ophelia’s memories and some belonging to other people weave a web of enchantment. The stories that seem to be tied to the objects which Ophelia treasures are they real or fanciful, Annie doesn’t know but she wants to believe. Ophelia knows Annie has found her way to Memory House because this is where she belongs. Wonderful story, a lovely example of magical realism done the right way. I recommend this spellbinding book to anyone who desires to be enchanted.
ScotsLass More than 1 year ago
Bette Lee Crosby has again written a heart warming book filled with charm, comfort and a touch of magic in Memory House. The reader slips easily into the world of Ophelia Browne and Annie Cross and the mystery of the Memory House. Annie Cross stumbles across the Memory House, a B&B owned by Ophelia Browne, following her breakup with a jerk of a boyfriend. She’s is seeking a quite place to heal and re-evaluate her life and what is important. Ophelia, nearly ninety, believes that memories outlive their owners and attach themselves to certain objects. Ophelia can hold these objects, like an old family bible, and see memories. But she is getting old and time is running out to find a successor, someone who also can feel these memories. Ophelia believes Annie is the one. Will Annie believe in Ophelia and the memories? Or will things go impossibly wrong? This book is beautifully written with characters that seem as though you have always known them. The idea that memories live on is so wonderfully told in Ophelia’s memories of her husband and their short time together. While this book is one of a series, it can be read alone, but the reader won’t want to stop there. You’ll want to quickly get the other books to continue on the journey that Bette Lee Crosby has begun I receiver this book from the author and I’m delighted to review it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic book by Bette Lee Crosby. She has become one of my favorite authors! It should be noted that although Bette Lee Crosby gave me this book for free, I am writing the following review without bias and based on my true feelings about my experience having read it. Memory House is a story about life and what you can learn from those around us. Opehlia Browne is getting close to 90 years old and Browne women never live past 90, so she feels she needs to find someone to learn about the memories she keeps so close to her heart. One day that person randomly arrives at Ophelia's Bed and Breakfast, and her name is Annie Cross. Annie, is at a cross roads in her life and meeting Ophelia is just what she needed right now. The two become close friends and it seems that Annie has the gift to carry on the memories that Ophelia has been keeping close to her heart. A beautiful story of two women who find each other and the memories of others that comes full circle.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Memory House, first in a series by Bette Lee Crosby is a charming book not to be missed by readers who enjoy magical stories. Ninety-year-old Ophelia senses memories in objects...memories from long ago and people she does not know. When Annie, heartsick and disillusioned with her job and love life shows up at Ophelia's bed and breakfast, a special bond forms almost immediately. Is Annie THE one to take Ophelia's place with the memories in Memory House? Can Annie learn how to sense them too? What about her job? What about her old boyfriend who keeps showing up on the scene? Crosby has done a great job with the plot that moves along well. Her characters are realistic and likable (or maybe not so much the boyfriend) and who doesn't love a little magic in a story! Affairs of the heart, mystery, and magic--a good combination for an enchanting story. The author has intertwined some of the memories in this story with the rest of the books in this series. This reader is looking forward to reading them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt this book was average. Didn't wow me and I didn't feel that rush to pick it up again. Nice, even story without roller-coaster events or high emotions.
Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
This book captured me from the very beginning! It is a wonderful and truly amazing story!
nbaker1234 More than 1 year ago
I feel a bit guilty having to give this book only two stars when other reviewers clearly seem to have loved it. Perhaps I had higher hopes for the story, but it seemed a bit simplistic to me -- something along the lines of a Hallmark made-for-TV story. I had difficulty when the chapters moved from first person to third person and then back again and there were times when the author would state ahead of time what was about to happen, as if the reader couldn't figure it out for themselves. I didn't feel that the characters had enough depth to me -- although I did have fun picturing what Miss Ophelia must have looked like (to me I kept picturing my paternal grandmother). I love history, genealogy and antiques, so the premise that items can hold memories of others was both inviting and intriguing. I have many items belonging to loved ones I have lost and the mere sight of them can bring a flood of emotions and memories. I do often sit in some of my old old rockers and even try to envision the host of mothers who have sung their babies to sleep in them. I can line the drawers of old dressers and be filled with thoughts of all of the baby shoes, hand-made presents and love letters they have kept sacred in the past. For the walk down memory lane, I am grateful that I read the story. For future reading material, I fear I may have to look elsewhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strange, low key but sweet story. Less than 200 pages so easy read for an evening or weekend. Kind of makes the reader want to believe ...
gmfuhlman More than 1 year ago
Ophelia Browne, owns a beautiful bed and breakfast. That isn’t advertised when Annie Cross, just happens upon it. Ophelia is eccentric but she does let Annie know it right away. Ophelia believes that objects retain their former owner's memories. She has experienced this for herself but that is a thing you don't just blurt out if you want to be taken seriously. Ophelia has a great gift, and talent that can helps Annie to make her decisions for her future. The more time that Annie spend with Ophelia, she begin to feel that they have built a great bond that they have been made together. This was such an enjoyable book to read. There are so many things in this book that was quite delightful. I am so glad that I didn’t miss this one. Because I also feel that there are very special memories in item and in life. That we should never let go of. Bette Lee Crosby, has a way with her characters that you feel part of their lives.
misscsolo More than 1 year ago
Memory ~ the power or process of remembering what has been learned, the things learned and kept in the mind. Memories are precious to us and if we can keep them we will do anything that we can to do just that. How would life be if memories could transfer from one person to another? Is that even possible? Would the other person feel the same thing that you felt? Could you compare notes on memories or dispute facts? Annie Cross is a basis woman living a basic life. She has just broken up with her boyfriend who she was and still madly in love with. Life is moving slowly but it is moving along. Annie it trying to cope so she decided to go to a bed and breakfast called Memory House where she meets a woman who is some sort of special. How do you go to a place called Memory House if you are trying to forget your past? Do you forget or do you remember the good times and keep on looking forward to the future? Ophelia Browne is a special woman. She feels things that others might not feel. She feels things that others may have felt in the past but no one else can feel currently. Who is she and how does she feel these things? Does she really feel these things or does she just want to feel these things to feel better? What makes her so special and how does she do what she do? Memory House is the first in the Memory House collection. This is a light-weight, feel good book that gives you a feeling of pleasure and peace. It is not a very dramatic book with a lot of ups and downs but the story line is very consistent. You will enjoy the beginning of this collection and I personally look forward to reading the remainder of this collection.
gigilaroux More than 1 year ago
Bette: I love the way you write. I start reading one of your books and I just don't want to put the book down. This is the case with Memory House. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It makes me want to run around flea markets and touch things. :-) Keep up the good work.
slue22books More than 1 year ago
What an intriguing premise for a storyline that blended the past with the present. The characters pulled you in from page one and kept your interest until the very end. What a soft spoken story told between two characters that made you feel like you were watching an old movie.
WisReader More than 1 year ago
Bette Lee Crosby weaves tales that envelop the reader in a warm embrace. The stories flow smoothly but sometimes the topics take unconventional turns. In this book, the main character, Annie, is running from something, but also looking for something more. She finds The Memory House just by chance. Or is it? Annie and the owner of this unusual B&B, 90 y/o Ophelia, build a fascinating friendship that both are in need of at this point in their lives. There is a mystical draw, but is it really what she has been looking for? True she loves the slower pace and lower stress level. The book also brings up the question about memories and can they be attached to items? What happens to ones' memories after one's physical being has passed on?
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
What an enchanting story! Bette Lee Crosby created a truly engaging storyline, with Ophelia and Annie! Just what I adore, another wonderful writer to follow! It is truly a gift when I find a writer that inspires me to read more of their books. I hope to read all of her books and from what I read at the end of this story, there are a lot of “spin-offs” …so the story lives on! I was so grateful, as I was not ready for the story to end. Brilliant ending, by the way! “Memory House” is the tale of two charming characters. Annie has been in a relationship with her boyfriend, Michael for 7 years, but it suddenly comes to an end. Once he moves out, she decides to hop in her car and leave Pennsylvania behind for a little while, in an attempt to outrun the memory of Michael. She stops her car in front of a Bed & Breakfast (B&B) called “Memory House” just outside of Richmond, Va. Upon entering the B&B she meets its owner, Ophelia….who is a character I will never forget, and I look forward to reading more about her. They were both so lucky to have met each other. Those types of relationships are both powerful and beautiful. Ophelia had one love in her life, named Edward…they were together for a decade and it has been 60 years since they have been together. Ophelia can feel the memories when she holds particular items. With Ophelia coming up on her 90th birthday, she wants to find someone to share her talents with. So these memories can live on! Will Annie be this person? Will she have the gift to recall the memories held in particular items? Reading about all of this is fascinating. Ophelia had a beautiful garden and apothecary that she ran out of her home. The apothecary was full of herbs, roots and potions. She grew up in the mountains of West Virginia where people believed these plants had healing powers. It was not far-fetched for me, as I believe in a lot of this also….to anyone that does not believe in it, the more enchanting you will find this story to be. Each visitor to the Apothecary was a little humorous. As stated in the book, “Before you find the magic of life, you have to open yourself up to the possibility of it being there.” That is the true essence of this story. It is a truly delightful read! I am HOOKED! Already bought more books in this series….I am anxious to read more Bette Lee Crosby Stories!
annieTX More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, first Bette Lee Crosby, but I will be on the look out for her next one!
natzers More than 1 year ago
Annie Cross is running away from her bad memories of her ex-boyfriend, Michael, and looking for a new direction in life. Ophelia Browne is searching for someone to inherit her memories and her house. In her signature style, Crosby weaves these two very separate lives into a single story, with each chapter prefaced by the thoughts/journal of the main protagonists. Crosby retains her charming Southern voice in Memory House and it was a pleasure to get sucked into the story. I enjoyed Memory House more than the other Crosby works I've read so far (Passing Through Perfect; Spare Change) probably because it felt a little more current and relatable to me.  It was also pretty amusing and nice to find references to the earlier books in Memory House, hidden as they are like gems to be found.  *I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.