The Memory Library, a review by Shelley

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THE MEMORY LIBRARY
Kate Storey

Avon Books UK
Publication Date: February 1st, 2024
336 Pages
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This is being billed as a debut voice but it really isn’t…it is by author Lisa Timoney and I loved it. This book is about parental relationships and how we perceive them versus what the reality is. I loved how Sally protected her daughter even though it took a toll on the mother-daughter relationship. And despite the fact that they aren’t on the best of terms Ella flies halfway around the world when her mother has a fall and injures herself.

Ella learns a lot about her mum while helping out and it makes her reflect on her own marriage and eight-year-old daughter. The story is told in a very realistic way and I learned to love these characters so much I would have liked to have been friends with them. Not only is this a book about a mother and daughter but it is also a book about community. Remember the saying “it takes a village”? That’s not just for children everyone can use a community, and that’s a lesson Ella learns.

The Memory Library delivers on its promise of a heartwarming read about hope, friendship and second chances. I should note that this book is also a love letter to the written word.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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