The Memory of You, a review by Shelley

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Samantha Tonge

Boldwood Books
Publication Date: May 16th, 2023
281 Pages
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Joyous moments should be truly celebrated because nothing in life stays the same; we’re in a constant state of flux.

When I saw this title on NetGalley how could I say no to a book that is about an author trying to write a book? This is my fifth book by Samantha Tonge and she never disappoints! The Memory of You has a truly unique premise and is beautifully written from the heart. It really affected me personally as my family has been touched by Alzheimer’s and dementia. My granddad and mother-in-law had Alzheimer’s and my aunt suffers from early-onset dementia. I learned a lot about birds, menopause and the diseases affecting the employees of The Wrong Order Cafe reading this book and the story isn’t as sad as one might think with such difficult subject matter…In fact, the book was surprisingly funny at times. Such a poignant piece of writing that shows how illness affects loved ones as well as the person afflicted. The book is greatly researched and based on the author’s experience of a loved one with dementia, and she writes this story sensitively and with much compassion.

What I took away from the book was the fact that it’s the little things in life that matter. It isn’t your job or money that makes you a happy person, it’s how you treat others and what good you can do that matters most, one little thing at a time. I did not like the main character, Alex, at first. She was a little stuck up but working in the cafe taught her some important life lessons and I loved how much she changed and grew as a person. There is a little surprise at the end of the book, one that I did not see coming but loved. All. The. Stars.

I will never ask a bird “Who’s a pretty boy?” ever again.


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

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