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The Memory of Us by Camille di Maio BOOK REVIEW

November 10, 2016

TBNG Review:

I love history. I love being picked up and set back down in someone else’s experience. Hearing about big important events you learned of in school is interesting, but even more fascinating is learning about what ordinary people did in their every day lives.

Julianne Wescott has seemed to have the perfect life in 1930’s Great Britain. Her parents have provided for her every need and she is poised to someday make a match just as prosperous as theirs. When she discovers that she has a twin brother secretly institutionalized due to his disabilities, she realizes that her world is not as it seems.

This discovery is echoed through the rise of World War Two, which threatens to shake Julianne’s world just as harshly. What does she really know about her parents, about the young priest, Kyle McCarthy, serving her brother in the asylum, or about what the future holds for them all?

Through high points and devastating calamities, this is the story of how a young woman finds herself. The threads of Julianne’s faith and hope flash in and out of view as she makes decisions that will change her life and the lives of everyone she holds dear.

The Memory of Us is a lovely narrative that draws you in. Even in tragedy, there is a sweetness in it that lingers and gives the reader satisfaction instead of melancholy. The characters are complex and engaging, holding your attention to the very end. Fans of historical fiction will definitely want to read this book.

Favorite Quotes:

  • “He smiled at me, and I was overcome with an unexpected feeling. Like the glow of a fireplace in a chilly space.”
  • “I thought of our family, sometimes, as a tapestry: a perfect blending and weaving of colored threads that produced an enviable picture on our surface, while underneath we were a tangled mess of knots and stitches, colliding and separating in our own directions, united only in the mandate to keep the outward appearances lovely.”
  • “It’s no wonder that some people are afraid of the dark, fearing what might be hidden in the shadows. My own monsters were self-concocted fits of overthinking.”


Length: 400 Pages

Published: May 31, 2016

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

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