The Memory of You
by Jamie Beck
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Book #1 in the Sanctuary Sound series
Number of Pages: 364
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Contemporary Romance M/F
Read 3/1/19 to 3/2/19
Steffi Lockwood has survived more than most. Recovering from an assault, she returns to her coastal Connecticut hometown to rebuild her life the best way she knows how: with her hands. But starting a remodeling business with one longtime friend puts her in the middle of a rift with another. Worse, being hired by her ex-boyfriend’s mother forces her to confront old regrets.
Public defender Ryan Quinn wasn’t shocked when his wife left him, but he was floored when she abandoned their daughter. With his finances up in the air, the newly single dad returns to his childhood home in Sanctuary Sound. The last person he expects, or wants, to see working on his family house is Steffi Lockwood—his first love who shattered his heart.
Although Steffi and Ryan are different people now, dormant feelings rekindle. But when Steffi’s secrets begins to surface, will it bring them together…or tear them apart for good?
In my review of Worth the Risk I said I had the first book in this author’s The Cabot’s ready to go on my Kindle. Then I got the chance to get an ARC of book 2 of her series Sanctuary Sound. That led me to reading this story before the other. No matter, as long as I get to read more by this author I’m happy.
The tension between Steffi and Ryan is beautifully done. From the guilt and anger to when it grows to romantic feelings and concern, the feelings are dripping from the pages. I appreciate that Steffi respects and understands Ryan’s misgivings when it comes to any sort of relationship between them, even friendship. At the same time, it’s nice to see Ryan reason through his feelings about what happened in his marriage with Val and his young-love relationship with Steffi.
Ryan’s daughter, Emmy, is a piece of work. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way. She is, at the core, a good person. But her mother has her so tied in knots and raised her to be quite prissy so sometimes it’s hard to remember she’s just a little girl and acting the way she was raised to act. I admire Ryan’s patience with her, as well as Steffi’s. On the other hand, I cannot stand Val’s manipulations of her daughter. Even as there eventually is a resolution, I still could not sympathize with Val. Knowing a little girl who is about Emmy’s age myself that has a destructive mom, it’s hard for me to read about Emmy and Val without wanting to step in; just as I always want to with this real-life relationship.
Although we meet a few more friends and relatives of Ryan and Steffi, the author did her job of giving just enough information to get me intrigued. But not enough to ruin anything for the future stories. I hope to see more reconciliations in the future for this group of friends.