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Friday, November 22, 2013

The Memory of You by Laurie Kellogg




Having endured unimaginable pain at the hands of his torturers prisoner of war Lieutenant Matthew Foster, who served his country in Vietnam, is free at last after seven long years. His ordeal left him with broken bones, making him unrecognizable and emotionally damaged. Suffering from memory loss he goes by Paul “Mac” McCartney. Despite not knowing who he really is, “Mac” is determined to find out what happened to his wife. The woman he can’t remember marrying. Intending to take a look at his former life, then leave, he’s in for a big surprise. One that forces him to reconsider, leaving him no choice but to face his fears and try to get Abby to let a stranger into her heart and home. – Six weeks before her wedding!
 
This book was great. It was well written and I read it in one day during my free time. I couldn't put it down. The author really gets you hooked on the characters and makes you connect with them. The author's descriptions of some of the experiences Matt endured were gut-wrenching. I don't know if they are realistic, but it opened my eyes somewhat to what our service men endure.

Laurie Kellogg has just been added to my list of favorite writers. I could not put the book down once I started and that's rare. Kellogg has a gift for connecting the readers with the characters, even the sub-characters. The attraction between the main characters is real, yet she makes a point of highlighting the fact that love is a whole lot more than lust, emphasizing relationship. The story is intriguing and real. Although Mac is coming home after time spent as a POW in the Vietnam War, many of the hard truths the couple had to face are relevant to today's soldiers as they come home and try to adjust to society once more. I can't wait to read more from this author.