What the Heart Remembers

What the Heart Remembers

by Bette Lee Crosby

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BN ID: 2940151045094
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
Publication date: 11/17/2015
Series: Memory House Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
File size: 688 KB

About the Author

Bette Lee Crosby
USA Bestselling Author

USA Today Bestselling Author and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to 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.

“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Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript.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 twenty 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.

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What the Heart Remembers 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
macjam47 More than 1 year ago
Ophelia sees the sadness in Annie’s friend Max. Max thinks her memories of Julien are happy memories, but Ophelia knows otherwise, “If she doesn’t find a way to rid herself of those memories, she’s in for a sorry life.” Max doesn’t want to find a romantic interest. She still loves Julien and imagines the worst has happened to him. Convinced he would have come to the U.S. as promised, it’s the only thing that makes sense to her. When she tells Annie she is going to go to Paris to find Julien, Annie tries to discourage her. Max is determined to find her true love, but it turns out it isn’t who she expects to find. While reading of the experiences Max endures in Paris, there were times I wanted to shake some sense into her, and other times I just wanted to comfort her. Her unrequited love for Julien drove her to find him, but when she did, was her feeling for him justified? Will she ever find true love, and will it be with Julien or someone else? Crosby creates a sense of suspense when Max is knocked down. This mysterious turn of events with Julien coming to Max’s rescue, and then later when she discovers her wallet and cell phone missing, leaves a lot of questions to be answered. I recommend that you read Memory House (Book One) and The Loft (Book Two) before reading What the Heart Remembers (Book Three). The books in the Memory House Collection lead from one to the other. To get a true sense of who the characters are, where they’ve been, and where they are headed, it is best to read all three in proper order.
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
This is the Book 3 in the “Memory House Series”, and once again, I was enamored. Bette Lee Crosby’s writing is just so beautiful. Especially when writing about Paris in this story. I felt like I was given a guided tour of the city!! When she writes about her character’s thoughts, you feel as though you are in their head. She paints a very vivid picture, and it is truly magical. Annie and Ophelia are still a huge part of this story, but the main character in this book is Maxine (Max) Martinelli. She has been Annie’s best friend for about one year now. Their connection is powerful. It was a year of love; the best love Max has ever known. She will not be able to move on in her life until she finds Julien, and gets answers. She met him in Paris, where she spent her junior year of college, studying abroad. It has been three years since she has seen him, but he is ingrained in her heart and mind so deeply, that her life is limited. As if he is going to show up at her doorstep one day. As Bette wrote in this book, “What the heart remembers isn’t always a true picture of what was”!! I could not wait to find out what the true picture was… A return trip to Paris is definitely in order! She is determined to find out why Julien had never joined her to the United States as he had promised her. She believes with all of her heart that whatever happened, it was not because he simply chose not to join her. Will she find Julien? Will their love be restored? Or, will she regret this trip forever? Going against everyone’s advice, she heads for Paris. If you have a lost love…. you do not want to miss this book. If you want to travel from your couch, you do not want to miss this book. If you love a great story, I highly recommend “What the Heart Remembers” by Bette Lee Crosby. You do not want to miss this book.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Max has never forgotten Julien Marceau, her Paris lover. She had been so smitten with him, but he never followed her to the US as they had planned. She needs to find him so that she can move forward with her life. She decides to vacation in Paris and search for him. Will they get a second chance at love? Max is a very special woman. She loves her work as an architect but she's sad that she's alone. Her friends help fill a void, but she still feels empty. She only has her memories. Her friends at Memory House are there for her with their love and their magic. Annie and Ophelia are so dear to her. Will their magic help her find her true love? This is a beautiful romantic story. It tells of Max's hopes and dreams and how they change when faced with truth and reality. The heart wants what the heart wants, but what if your desire will shatter your soul. This story is filled with great dialogue and beautifully written characters. The magic of the City of Lights is the perfect setting for a HEA. I loved how I felt as I read this story. It pulled me in and I became involved in Max's pursuit for happiness. Bette Lee Crosby did an outstanding job!
Bookaholic_Cindy More than 1 year ago
What the Heart Remembers is a book that you will not soon forget. Bette Lee Crosby has a way of touching your inner most emotions with her beautifully written words. This is a heart warming book in the Memory House series. To really get to know the cast of characters, definitely start with the first in the series. Even the cover of the book has a lovely picture. In this latest book, we learn more about Max and her story of the love she left behind in Paris. The majority of this story takes place in Paris and with such superb descriptive writing, you will feel like you are on vacation. We still get to visit with characters from the previous books. The author makes her characters come alive so you will swear that you know them! There are so many lines and quotes throughout the book, I have written some down in a notebook of mine. They offer inspiration and advice that we all can use from time to time. I highly recommend this book and actually anything by the author. She never fails to have a story that will grab you in and you will hate to see it come to an end. Looking for a book with some sweet romance, touching memories, heart felt emotions, good caring friends... then be sure to read this one. You will fall in love with the Memory House and look forward to the next in the series! * Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC to read. This review is my honest opinion.
bookworm1954DB More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend reading. Does our heart remember things clearly or just how we wish them to be? This is the 3rd book in the Memory series and while they are all stand alone books, I do suggest reading this as a series. You will come to love the characters that carry over in each book. Each character is so well developed that they seem true to life. This focuses on Max and a love that she needs to find closure for. She is like so many women where what we believe and what is so can sometimes be so different. It is also about second chances at love and finding yourself in the process. Bette Lee Crosby has a way of storytelling that transcends time and place. You will be there. You will hear the sounds and see the sights in your minds eye. This is an incredible series by an amazing storyteller. I suggest reading this and all of her books. You will regret not picking up her books. Amazing read! I loved every single moment. I laughed and I cried , but I felt emotion, true emotion. Isn't that what a great author should do, make you feel? Bette does this with grace. Read this book! A thousand stars.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
What the Heart Remembers is the third installment of the Memory House series. I have enjoyed this series and this book is no exception. I enjoyed how the characters, setting and plot are true to life and I felt like I was a character within the book. Great story! 5 stars.
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
I have been enthralled with the Memory House series since book one but those of you who haven't read one or two can read this as a stand alone book with no problem. My problem is that I am now totally invested in these characters. I want to sit and have tea with them some afternoon. This particular book in the series concentrates on Max. The way the book goes about setting up Max's future is by revisiting her past in the present day. Is that confusing enough for you? It won't be when you pick up the book. Trust me! I am looking forward to additional books in this series.
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love this series! I love all of Bette's stories and the characters in them, but I think some of my favorites are the ones in the Memory House series. What the Heart Remembers is book #3 and in this book, we learn more about Max and her memories of her time in Paris. Her life has been in limbo, waiting for her love, Julien to contact her. It's been three years since she has heard from him. She decides to head to Paris to find him, to make sure nothing has happened to him. But if she goes back, will she find things to be as wonderful as she remembers, or do memories change over time and we remember things as we want them to be? 'People who think they’re in love are blind to anything but what they want to see.' I love my trips back to Memory House where I get to revisit the wonderful people I have come to love and enjoyed spending time with in the past. Good old Ophelia is still going strong and offers her support and love to the new residents of Memory House. 'I spent most of my ninetieth year waiting to die. Now I’m wishing I had that year back. Instead of worrying about dying, I’d be celebrating the fact that I’m still living.' Annie and Oliver, the new owners of Memory House take a minor but supporting role is this story, which is centered on Max. But we see enough of them to feel like we are 'catching up' with their lives. Annie and Max are good friends and Annie knows Max has to take this trip, but that doesn't stop her from worrying. 'When you’re afraid someone you love is going to be hurt, doing nothing is the hardest thing in the world.' Max learns a lot about Julien, and about herself, while she is in Paris. I loved watching her grow and look for her happiness. And this story made me want to take a trip to Paris someday ... some day, sigh. As always, Bette's books are so full of wisdom and wonderful words to live by. I find myself marking so many passages when I read her stories. Her stories are just so beautiful and it is so easy to fall in love with the people she has created. I look forward to going back to visit Memory House again, sometime soon. 'As I stood there thinking about all that was lost, I started realizing I hadn’t lost anything. I still had all my memories.'
jaxlane More than 1 year ago
Absolutely a 5 star read and a wonderful addition to the Memory House series. This third book in the Memory House series by Bette Lee Crosby is another heart-warming story. I am absolutely entranced by the writing and I feel as thought I am a part of the story and that I'm living it right along with the characters. As do all of her books, this book once again has a magical quality about it. It is not overdone, but just the right does to make you believe. This is the story of Max Martinelli who studied architecture in Paris and come home to the United States, leaving behind her beau, who she thought would follow her home. Max is heartbroken and yearns for Julien. A few years later, she feels the need to confront Julien to find out why he never followed her. She books a trip to Paris and off she goes to find her lost love. Sometimes things in the past should remain in the past and you should look at what is staring you in the face and move forward with your life. Take a ride on this magical journey and see what transpires. Remember, to take a box of tissue with you on your magic carpet. Bravo Bette Lee Crosbyon another fabulous book.
CContino More than 1 year ago
I was pleased to be selected as one of a group of people who got to read this book on a platform called Social Book. I read until my eyes burned. I do not normally read romances but Bette just may change my mind about that. Life kind of got in the way of me getting to do my review until now. What do I say? I do agree with Max's decision to go to Paris to find her lost love given that she had the money to do it. Even if it's just to find out its not all she wants it to be. On the Social Book platform I and other users were able to comment as we read the book. As I read I think I recall one of my comments being Oh no Max! I will have to see if I can still get into the book and refresh my memory on the story. Annie, her best friend who lives in Memory House does not want her to go. She thinks she is setting herself up to get her heart broken. She asks Ophelia for advice then mixes up some herbs and makes a tea she believes will keep Max from making foolish decisions. This book too has a touch of magic and some romance of course. I get to travel through my reading as I know I will never get to do otherwise. So I get to experience a trip to Paris in this book. Great job again Mrs. Crosby!
lsmoore_43 More than 1 year ago
Bette Lee Crosby never surprises me with her wonderful stories and this one was no exception. It was wonderful from start to finish. A sequel in the Memory House collection, book number 3, is about Max and her memories of time in Paris. The title is perfect for this story. We all at times remember things a bit different than they truly are. Max had to go back to Paris to get closure before she could move on with her life. She did find out threw a lot of things that happened to her that things were not as great as she thought. I felt for her and enjoyed as she went through all she did to find true love and happiness. Annie from a previous book is Max's best friend and worries when she can't get a hold of her but Oliver and Ophelia try to reassure her but Annie is truly worried. What will Max find. Will things be as she thought they were or are her memories of Julien from the excitement of a memory that was not what she thought at all? Will she find true love in Paris or back at home? This is a truly wonderful story of love, loss and happiness that will last a lifetime. The Memory House collection is a wonderful series and you will not be disappointed in any of them. As a matter of fact you will not be disappointed in any of Ms Crosby's books. This is a page turner that you have to read after the 1st two books and I'm so looking forward to the next book in this series. It's one of those that I will hate to see end. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. It in no way reflex's my review. I truly loved this book from the first page to the last. A great story.
dtpsmg More than 1 year ago
received this book in exchange for an honest review. Another great book by Bette Lee Crosby! The characters in her books are so real and well developed. She develops a story for each character. This is an excellent read with just a little romance thrown in. Although this is part of a series of books, it can be read as a standalone novel. I would recommend this to anyone. Max spent three years in Paris studying architecture. While she was there she met Julien. He was an artist with an inclination to be light fingered. They fell in love and when Max left to come back to America, Julien agreed to eventually reunite with her in the US. Three years has passed and Max hasn’t heard from Julien. She wants to move forward with her life but can’t because of the loose ties from her time in Paris. She decides to go back to Paris to see if she can find Julien and see if they both still have feelings for each other. Her reunion is nothing like she expected. But she does run into an old acquaintance, Andrew. Andrew helps her out of a tough spot and they get to know each other better. Could Andrew be the man of her dreams or is Max meant to stay with Julien?
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
‘What the Heart Remembers’ is third in The Memory House series; it is my favorite of the series so far! It can be read as a standalone, however, the best experience can be gained by reading them in order. Differences between ‘What the Heart Remembers’ and the earlier novels are that this book is primarily about Max(ine) and that much of it takes place in Paris instead of Wyattsville. Max is a architect, had met Annie at the library then her husband Oliver through her work. She and Annie were friends almost immediately, sharing a gift for feeling memories in places or objects. Max had studied in Paris a few years prior, and still missed her first love there who had promised to come to the US shortly after she returned. Max never heard from Julien Marceau again, and has been unable to move on. Circumstances led her to return to Paris– had something occurred that kept him from even contacting her? Her heart needed to know. Once in Paris, a series of surprises awaited her. In three short years, there were many changes to the little streets she had known. She found a shopkeeper who remembered her and warned her away from Julien. Why? She wouldn’t say. Max was robbed of her cell phone and wallet, finding out when it was too late. She literally ran into Julien on the street, and he was to meet her at ‘their’ café, but he never showed. Miraculously, she ran into Ollie’s former law partner Andrew in Paris, there to work with a firm he represented. In spite of her prior animosity toward him, Andrew loaned Max funds so she could finish her vacation and hopefully find Julien again. Would he prove to be everything and more that her heart remembered? At home, best friend Annie worried when Max’s trip updates ceased. Ophelia returns to Memory House for an overnight visit and a terrible storm ripped through the town, threatening Memory House and possibly their very lives... Bette Lee Crosby is a master of human nature, portraying each of her characters very well through their emotions and words. She is amazingly adept at putting herself into the heart and footsteps of another to give authentic personalities. Ophelia, Annie, and Max are so three-dimensional that they could step off the pages; I really like each of them. Annie’s husband Oliver and Andrew are also well-defined; it is fun to get to know Max and Andrew. One of the things I enjoy about this series is that each novel focuses on a specific character even while those from earlier novels are part of but do not dominate the plot. The author has, especially here, included characters who unmask even their most raw emotions throughout the course of discovery. The magical gift of memory is as much a part of Max in France as it would be in Memory House. The reader will see Paris, Auvergne, and the countryside through eyes and hearts which are open and receptive to the beauty and history. What will this journey through France bring to Max – Julien as she remembers him, or a journey into her heart and memories and future that would be sufficient reward unto itself. The ending was satisfying to me, and I am looking forward to reading the next in series. I highly recommend this well-written novel to women who are open to or already love the magic that is Memory House and who appreciate the relationships between women friends and between men and women. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
What the Heart Remembers by Bette Lee Crosby is the third book in the Memory House Collection. Annie and Oliver Doyle are happily enjoying their home and awaiting the birth of their baby. Max (Maxine) Martinelli is Annie’s friend and an architect. Max has been unable to move forward with her life since she returned from Paris three years ago. When Max was in Paris she met and fell in love with Julien Marceau. Julien was supposed to follow Max back to the states. Unfortunately, Max never heard from Julien again. Now Max thinks that Julien could have been in an accident and have amnesia. That is why he never contacted her. Max is determined to go to Paris and look for Julien. Annie has tried talking to Max (to get her to move on) and she has even tried to set her up with Oliver’s old law partner, Andrew Steen. This is a journey that Max needs to go on in order to have a future. Annie sends her off at the airport with some special tea. Max goes to Paris and starts searching for Julien. Will Max find what she is looking for in Paris? Or will she find something even better? Join us on Max’s journey in What the Heart Remembers. What the Heart Remembers is a wonderful book to read. I did want to strangle Max at times, but I understand how she feels (it is hard to get over someone). It is nice to revisit the characters in the Memory House Collection. We get to see how Ophelia Browne is enjoying her new life at Baylor Towers, how Oliver is doing after his accident, and we get to find out if Annie has a boy or a girl! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and did not want it to end. I think this is my favorite book from the Memory House Collection. I give What the Heart Remembers 5 out of 5 stars. In order to enjoy What the Heart Remembers, you really do need to read the other two books in the series (in order for everything to make sense). I received a complimentary copy of What the Heart Remembers from the author in exchange for an honest review.