Book 1, Memory House Series - Memory House Collection
Bette Lee Crosby
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IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A MEMORY TO OUTLIVE ITS OWNER?
Ophelia Browne knows the answer is yes. She knows because she’s been granted the unique gift of finding and caring for those forgotten memories. But now she’s nearing ninety, and Browne women seldom live beyond ninety. Before time runs out Ophelia must find her successor. Someone who can take hold of the gifts and keep the memories from fading.
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 sense the memories Ophelia is delighted, but then a thread of violence begins to unravel and Ophelia fears things have gone too far.
A New Favorite
I was lucky to read an advanced copy of Memory House by Bette Lee Crosby.
I have enjoyed reading all of Bette Lee Crosby's books. The Memory House has become a new favorite of mine. It has hit home in a special way for me. I started a new profession in my mid-thirties, taking care of the elderly in the south. I have learned so many life lessons from my clients and had a very special connection with a couple of them. I felt I got as much out of them as they got from me. I learned more about cooking, gardening and the life stories of my clients when they were young. I felt the same love that Anne has for Ophelia.
I really enjoyed seeing Ethan Allen again and how he was weaved into the story. For readers that have not yet read Spare Change, Ethan Allen's story, you will not feel confused or left out. I had not yet read another book that was referenced in this storyline and it did not take away from this story at all. It did, however, lead me to read the other book which I am enjoying now.
What a wonderful, heartwarming book to read. I really hope this becomes a new series from this author.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a thought provoking and good clean wholesome book.
Betty Lee Crosby's Memory House
True Love and happiness is a life long memory and can last
an eternity. It enables you to move forward from any sorrow
This book begins with a young girl named Annie Cross. She
works and lives in Philadelphia. Her boyfriend had lived with
her for seven years then one day he up and walked out.
Annie decides to take a road trip with no destination in mind.
She ends up at the Memory House Bed & Breakfast run by
Ophelia is ninety years old and can feel happy memories in
objects other people treasured at one time. Ophelia has an
apothecary shop attached to her home where she makes
remedies from the herbs and flowers that she grows in her huge
gardens. Ophelia feels the time has come for her to find a
someone to take over the Memory House. She needs to find a
special person who can feel like her for this responsibility.
Annie plans to spend the weekend and ends up spending the
week. Will staying help her find what she is searching to make
her life fulfilled? Will Annie be the one Ophelia wants to take
over her Memory House? Will Annie take back up with her boy
friend in Philadelphia when he comes a courting again?
This is a beautiful story with beautiful artfully drawn main
characters. The supporting characters each bring their own
flavor to the story.
The author mixes mystery, unexpected twists. romance and
humor to draw you into the story and keep you reading to the
end. The mystery becomes explainable as the book totters
between the past and the present.
This story teaches how we need to learn to love and accept
ourselves before we can make the changes necessary in order
to attain a happy existence and succeed in this life.
This is a sweet magical read.
Thank you to the author for allowing me to pre read. My
opinion is my own.
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 trying to turn pages at its end because I wasn't ready to face the fact that I had finished the book!
Memories are powerful; and can lead a person into varied degrees of emotional reverie. The lead roles belong to two women, as different as they are the same. Ophelia, runs the quaint bed and breakfast at Memory House. Annie, discovers the Memory House on a sabbatical and soon begins retuning to its charm and Ophelia's story's of memories. Their relationship becomes more than either had imagined a chance meeting would ever bring.
As with every book I have read by Bette Lee Crosby, I loved reading this one--the ending especially! I will definitely be adding more of her titles to my reading list!