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Memory House: Memory House Collection (Memory House Series Book 1) by [Crosby, Bette Lee]
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Memory House: Memory House Collection (Memory House Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in Memory House Series (5 Book Series)
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About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction—the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. “Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, “My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.” Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since then, she has gone on to win another seventeen literary awards, including the Royal Palm Literary Award, The Reviewer’s Choice Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and the Reader’s Favorite International Book Award Gold Medal. Her published novels to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009), Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), Cupid’s Christmas (2012), What Matters Most (2013), Jubilee’s Journey (2013), Previously Loved Treasures (2014), Blueberry Hill, A Sister’s Story (2014) Passing through Perfect (2015) and Memory House (2015). She also authored “Life in the Land of IS” a memoir of Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world’s longest living quadriplegic.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3537 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996080368
  • Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing; Second Edition edition (14 April 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00U6W3VWQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Needing to get away, if only for a short time, from her life and failed relationship with her boyfriend Michael in Philadelphia, Annie Cross finds herself at Memory House Bed and Breakfast. She almost misses the sign and yet, as she approaches the pretty cottage, it feels vaguely familiar. Her visit to Memory House proves to be the turning point in her life. Ophelia Browne’s cottage in Burnsville, Virginia, is where she’s lived for most of her life. Memory House is just that; a house filled with memories. Ophelia’s own and the ones she feels when she touches the treasures she’s collected over the years.

Ophelia has a gift and is waiting for a special someone to keep the memories from fading away and disappearing. She thinks Annie may just be that person. From their first meeting they feel an almost immediate liking for each other and bond over pots of dandelion tea. Ophelia is skilled in the use of herbs and flowers, their magical and healing qualities and grows them for her own use as well as selling them in her apothecary shop.

Annie was only planning to stay a night or two but spends a week helping in the garden and listening to Ophelia’s stories. The peace and tranquility Annie feels at Memory House is like a balm to her soul and she doesn’t want to leave.

Ophelia tells Annie about her dearly loved husband, Edward, and how he fixed up the attic for their bedroom, putting in a skylight so she could lay in bed and watch the stars. Her happiness in those memories shines through and makes Annie question the foundation of her relationship with Michael when he decides he wants her back. Ophelia shows Annie an old bible and talks about who it belonged to.
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I just adore Bette Lee Crosby and her books, she writes with such flair it tangles you in with the characters she writes about so much so, that you become a part of their lives.
You live with them for a while.

Spare Change,Twelfth Child, Previously Loved Treasures all relate to this story. Its Memory House. This is not just full of Ophelia's Memories of the past and her life she lived in the past books written by Bette Lee Crosby, its also our trip down memory lane with her.

Special memories that we can share with Ophelia now that she is older, very much older and can reflect.

Annie has a lot of things to put up with in her life, her fella isn't much cop! He's a right jerk. When she decides to take a trip and stay in a bed & breakfast, this is where Ophelia is, its her B&B.

Ophelia has a lovely gift, a great talent and helps Annie in her decisions for the future. A bond is made.

I thought this a wonderful advancement to all the books so far that Bette Lee Crosby has written, great idea to move them on and combine Memory House, like a trip down memory lane, but also showing how Ophelia has grown, now a dear old lady with such a kind, dear heartwarming personality.

Thank you Bette Lee Crosby for allowing me to pre read this, you know, I always love your style of writing.
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OMG!! I only just found Bette Lee Crosby this year, and am hooked on her work!! Although I live in Spain ,and am english, I am obsessed by small town America stories, and love Fannie Flagg, Dayna Dunbar Billie Letts etc, and Bette is right up there, she can spin a southern tale with the best of them!! I have even joined her web site, and I NEVER do that- and have read a couple more of her books, she doesn't disappoint! Characters to care about x
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This is not my usual genre. But something in the title drew me to it. I'm so glad I did! It was a beautifully written story that had me turning the pages as you felt yourself being drawn into the lives of Annie and Ophelia.
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First time I have read this authors books.it was recommended by a friend,and I was so pleased I downloaded it,I found it hard to put down ,so exciting wondering what the next memory was going to bring.so different to the normal books I read.so I'm hooked now,and have just finished the second book THE LOFT,two more books to go.Have to stop reading now before starvation kicks in.looks like I will be sticking with Betty's books for a while.Happy reading......
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By Book Maniac TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 April 2016
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This is a slow paced story and nothing much really happens. I read it to the end hoping that there might be some real action happening but it was just a bit of a weird story with no plausible meaning.
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OK admit it was a free Kindle book or certainly would not have bought it.
Not my thing at all and was very sure it's a story about a budding psychic not a memory keeper. Could smell the lavender coming off the kindle so feel pretty sure your Great-grand Ma would love it!
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This book is so sweet and charming that I found myself thinking about it even when I wasn't reading. I've tried a few times to explain it to people but the truth is that the story defies description in any words other than the ones which tell it. It sounds like a bizarre tale of the supernatural, women that sense memories attached to objects, but it's so much deeper and "other" than that. It's different to anything else I've ever read, making it special to me.

Stylistically it's very interesting. There are three main voices (with one notable detour into Michael). There are personal dialogues from Ophelia and Annie interspersed with the main bulk of the story, which is told be a narrator. It took a few chapters to get used to it, but once I had, I really enjoyed it. I loved the voices of the main characters and identified really strongly with both of them.

The book is laced with so much life wisdom, lessons to learn about love and happiness and the finding of a fulfilling path. It's a book about taking chances on the things that speak to your heart instead of your brain. It's a story of how stories can keep things and people alive long after they are dust and woodsmoke. It's a book about learning to trust your intuition when every iota of common sense in your body is screaming for the alternative. I could have happily quoted any number of statements from it but it's a good quarter of the book!

The only major downfall of this book for me was the ending. It just cuts off, almost as though the author accidentally forgot to insert the last 3 chapters. The strings of the story just trail off into nowhere without explaining the connection between Oliver and Edward or filling in any of the background behind what Annie sensed in the bike.
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