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Monica McInerney , Catherine Milte
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

4 Feb 2014

Following a tragic accident, Ella O'Hanlon flees to the other side of the world in an attempt to escape her grief, leaving behind the two people she blames for her loss: Aidan, the love of her life, and Jess, her spoilt half-sister.

In London Ella is taken in by her beloved uncle Lucas, whose extraordinary house holds many wonderful memories for her. Along with other members of the very colourful Fox family, Lucas helps Ella to see that she is not the only one still hurting, and that forgiveness can be the greatest healer in a family and in a marriage.

For anyone who has ever loved and lost, this is an exquisitely moving and life-affirming novel by the internationally bestselling author of Lola’s Secret.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing; MP3 Una edition (4 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1743177208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743177204
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,682,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'McInerney set out to write about a 21st century blended family and this she does well' Daily Express 'Exquisitely written' Ulster Tatler 'Very moving ... There is an endearing warmth to the narrative and characters, and the underlining themes of family and forgiveness are uplifting and hopeful' Australian Bookseller & Publisher 'McInerney has a knack for bringing characters to life; imbuing them with unique voices, perfectly tuned, making them authentically flawed and carving out their losses and gains with a realism that resonates deeply. Full of heart and exquisitely written pain, this is one of those novels that will stay with the reader for a long time. Some stories just carry you along with them and make you truly care about the fate of the characters, long after you leave the last page, and The House of Memories is one of those books' Bord Gais Bookclub, Ireland 'A touching and life-affirming tale of family bonds, tragic loss, forgiveness and the power of love' Adelaide Advertiser 'A wonderful novel with compelling emotional depth ... there is as much heart and warmth in The House of Memories as there is angst and drama ... touches of delightful humour too' Book'd Out '... filled with humour and sadness in equal measure, The House of Memories is an emotional see-saw that had even this battle-hardened reader reaching for a tissue' West Australian 'A wonderfully emotional and tense novel all about what happens when you try to bury grief ... McInerney is an expert in portraying the nuances and complications of family life. Her characters never take the easy way out and she loves exploring ethical dilemmas. This is a novel that asks all the most painful questions ... Mesmerising' Red Magazine, UK 'An exceptionally absorbing story, told in most engaging prose. Heartbreaking, yet lovely' Image Magazine, Ireland --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Monica McInerney grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley wine region of South Australia. She has lived all around Australia and in Ireland and England. Her novels are bestsellers in Australia and Ireland and are published in translation in Europe. Those Faraday Girls won the General Fiction Book of the Year in 2008 in Australia. At Home With The Templetons was shortlisted at the 2010 Irish Book Awards in the Eason Popular Book of the Year category. Monica and her Irish husband now live in Dublin. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unforgettable 9 Oct 2012
By una mar
A poignant portrayal of the devastation caused to a relationship by a tragic accident. Ella and Aidan have a wonderful marriage until the dreadful moment when everything changes for ever. McInerney's sensitive description of the consequences for everyone is superbly written. I felt I knew each of the characters personally and shared in their anguish or guilt. Yet the writing never descends into sordid emotionalism but achieves just the right mood throughout.
And surely everyone would love to have a charming eccentric uncle like Lucas!
This was the first book I have read by this writer but certainly won't be the last. (Have already ordered another!)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional read 25 Oct 2012
By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This book is the poignant tale of the devastating impact a tragic accident can have on a loving couple's relationship...

Ella was living the perfect live in Australia; happily married to husband Aidan, who she'd met through her English uncle Lucas, with a gorgeous baby son Felix who she idolised and a job she loved.

The one person she has always been able to rely on for love and support is her uncle Lucas; he's been there for her when her parents split up, when her mother, Meredith, married Walter and she gained step-brother Charlie, when her father died and when her half-sister Jess was born.

But then one day her whole world was turned upside down and the only way she could cope with her pain was to run away... from Aidan, her family, everyone.

During this time she'd take on meaningless jobs to keep herself busy to try and block her memories but nothing can stop the hurt and pain she's feeling. Although she does keep in sporadic email contact with Charlie, Lucas, Meredith and Walter, she cuts off contact completely with the two people she holds responsible... Aidan and Jess.

Eventually Ella takes up Lucas' offer to come to London to spend time with him and whilst there he slowly works on her to try and get her to talk through the events of the day to see that it truly was a terrible accident and that no-one was to blame. Will she ever be able to accept this though and forgive Aidan and Jess?

Although this story is told mainly from Ella's standpoint, we do also get to see how both Aidan and Jess are feeling. It's a very emotional story and one that could so easily happen in any loving family which is why it's feels so realistic.

Monica McInerney is a fairly new author to me as I'd never read any of her books before this year but she is definitely an author whose books I will be looking out for in the future.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the house of memories 13 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It made me laugh and cry. This book is a beautifully sensitive look of bereavement reaction with a deeply positive insight leading you into the personal growth of the characters.. Heart warming
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3.0 out of 5 stars SAD BUT NOT MAUDLIN 2 Mar 2014
"Grief is the price we pay for love." Pg. 188

Written in a tender flowing prose that takes you on the journey of a family in crisis trying to find their way; an exceptionally moving story of loss, grief, redemption and forgiveness.

Told from the perspective of each of the major characters it keenly portrays how one terrible accident resulting in the death of a child can impact the people it touches in so many different ways and the varying ways people have of dealing with grief.

For some inexplicable reason I could not muster much of an affinity with any of the characters with the exception of Ella's uncle Lucas who seemed to take on the focal point of the story when in fact he was not the main character at all.

This is a well crafted story dealing with a very difficult subject matter, written with great sensitivity. At 473 pages maybe it was just too much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story 1 May 2014
By Kk4
Format:Kindle Edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, firs time I've read this author and definately will again. V sad but gripping story! Couldn't put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars House of memories. 19 April 2014
By Joyce
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Some time ago since I purchased this, but I enjoyed it very much, as did my friend.Was good condition too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 30 Aug 2013
By nonnie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is beautifully and sensitively written and examines how grief affects different people differently. I can thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something different 23 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An unusual book. the story takes its time to build up and fill in the background, but is a very enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfectly paced emotional "thriller"
What I admire most about this rich, intelligent and wonderfully crafted book is the way I got dragged along, in real time, through Ella's emotional development. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Countess of Sunhillow
5.0 out of 5 stars House of Memories
Always pleased with a Monica Mcinerney book. They make excellent reading and this one was in very good condition and packaged really well. Thank you
Published 14 months ago by G. Cobb
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you wondering.
Monica McInerney never fails to keep me entertained with all her books and I would recommend them to anyone who wants a good read.
Published 16 months ago by Mrs R M Emmerson
5.0 out of 5 stars House of Memories
A beautiful and captivating read. Written with lots of heart. I will definitely be reading more books by this author.
Published 16 months ago by Alison Marvin
3.0 out of 5 stars This Book was a gift
Was a gift so haven't read it, bought it because the write up sounded great and thought it would be suitable for an older woman, laid up after a knee op.
Published 16 months ago by TheDawner
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
I am a big fan of this author and have read almost everything she has written. I would put this book up there with some of her best (The Alphabet Sisters etc) - it was a gripping... Read more
Published 17 months ago by A. M. Whalen
5.0 out of 5 stars Storytelling at its best
Excellent read, literally could not put it down. Wanted to find out how this tragedy would work out and how the relationships between the main characters would resolve. Read more
Published 18 months ago by berenice mccrae
4.0 out of 5 stars house of memories
a very good read. must read more of her books.keeps u wondering how it will end.a good ending to story.
Published 18 months ago by andrew sutherland
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