We first meet Lucie when she is standing in the ocean in San Francisco. She has no memory and is taken to a hospital. They discover that she has no real physical injuries but she cannot remember her name, where she is from or why she was standing in the ocean. After her picture is broadcast, her fiance, Grady, comes to get her. While she doesn’t remember him, she does feel some sort of connection. He takes her home and she still has no memory of the people or places. Lucie struggles to find her own memories and to find out the secrets that it seems everyone is keeping from her.
I liked Love Water Memory a lot more than I expected. When I first started reading, I was a little worried because it isn’t “my kind of book.” I typically enjoy a lot of action, sci-fi or suspense. What I realized is that while this story didn’t have a lot of physical action, it is jam-packed with emotional action.
The old Lucie wasn’t a very nice person and the new Lucie has to come to grips with that. She is tenacious in trying to find out her secrets. They aren’t all pretty but she sticks with it. Could someone actually end up with a better life after suffering amnesia? Maybe…
Grady isn’t a perfect guy. While he is handsome and smart, he is also insecure and has issues with his all-female family. I prefer imperfect characters as they are more realistic. His reactions seemed spot on to me and I really felt for him throughout the book.
I also love stories that don’t have a traditional HEA. No spoilers here but the writer did a very good job wrapping up the story without making it trite and predictable.
Overall, a very good book with a lot of heart. Highly recommended. 4/5 stars.
Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.