Book review: The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman + UK Giveaway
*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
What a read guys! What a read!
‘The Memory Book’ was definitely one of the most anticipated books of 2014 for all women’s fiction fans. To those who haven’t read it yet, I can only say, you’re in for such a treat! I have to admit, I had a strong feeling this is going to be a wonderful book, but it totally exceeded my expectations. Everything about it is perfect, from the gorgeous smooth, red cover to the wonderful story inside.
The story follows Claire who’s diagnosed with an early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. But, this story is not just about Claire, it’s actually more complex and intertwines several stories told from the POVs of her daughters, husband and mother. I usually have a hard time with books told from different POVs, but Rowan did it perfectly. Their stories are beautifully connected and the events flow smoothly.
Claire, once a beautiful and independent woman, is starting to fall apart in front of everyone’s eyes. She’s forgetting how to dress, what she feels for her husband, even once she forgets her daughter’s name. Of course she’s terrified, but she’s a fighter, I can assure of you that. That’s probably the thing which I loved the most about Claire. Her husband gives her a memory book which she’s to fill with lots of memories and mementos she likes to cherish and be remembered for. I’m telling you, reading some of these heart-breaking memories was so hard at times. I haven’t had a case of AD in my family, but I could totally empathize with Claire and her family.
My heart was breaking and my eyes were teary each time I’d see Claire struggling, though we all know AD is not a battle one could win. Yet, despite the sadness on it’s pages, ‘The Memory Book’ is also an uplifting read, which may sound like a paradox but once you read this amazing book you’ll see what I’m talking about. Even in those hardest moments, when a member of your family is slowly vanishing in front of your eyes, there’s something which creates even a stronger bond and you start seeing a new dimension to that person.
This is a complex story because as much as it’s Claire’s, it’s also a story about one whole family and how they cope with the disease of their beloved one. And this my friends fascinated me the most, the way Rowan develops each one of the characters, making them all contribute to the plot and events. They are all important and lovable, and will win you over from the start. And they feel so real!
The writing is exceptional! You’ll find yourself completely immersed in the story wishing for it never to end. It grabs you instantly and pulls you into the lives of all these characters, making you feel through them, see through their eyes, even fighting Claire’s battle. I really can’t praise this book enough, it’s definitely one of those books everyone needs to read. No just chick lit fans, I mean EVERYONE.
Outstanding, mesmerizing, beautiful, warm, thought provoking, amazing…are just few of the words I could use to describe it. It’s definitely one of those books you’d want to re-read and gift/recommend to everyone you know.
My rating: 5/5
Lovely Rowan and her publicist Amelia are now offering you guys a chance to win one of THREE copies of this wonderful book! Make sure you enter through the rafflecopter, but in case you don’t win or are too impatient to see if you’re the winner, head to amazon and grab yourself a copy. Giveaway is open to UK residents and closes on 27 February. The winners will be contacted by e-mail and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. In case we don’t hear from them, we’ll have to pick another winner/s. Many thanks to lovely Rowan and Amelia for sponsoring this giveaway. BEST OF LUCK GUYS!