When Kendra first visits her ailing grandmother, Ella has only one request: that Kendra write her story down, before she forgetsIn 1937, seventeen-year-old Ellas life changes forever when she is sent to spend the summer on the beautiful le de R and meets the charismatic, creative Christophe. They spend the summer together, exploring the islands sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, and, for the first time in her life, Ella feels truly free.But the outbreak of war casts everything in a new light. Ella is forced to return to Scotland, where she volunteers for the war effort alongside the dashing Angus. In this new world, Ella feels herself drifting further and further from who she was on the le de R. Can she ever find her way back? And does she want to?From the windswept le de R to the rugged hills of Scotland, Sea of Memories is a spellbinding journey about the power of memory, love and second chances....
|Title||:||Sea of Memories|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||273 pages|
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Sea of Memories Reviews
A Story Filled With Hope, Joy and Love
My initial impression was far removed from my final one. As I began to read this book, I thought it might not hold my interest. It was not a slow read, but something made me wonder if I would love it. Before long I was drawn into Ella's life with a passion that is hard to express. I rarely ever rate a book 5 stars, but this one deserves all the praise I can offer. I feel like I want to be Ella or that I could have been her, so well is her story told. It is a ...more
3.75 stars (liked it)
I enjoyed this book. The author did a nice job with setting descriptions and crafting a story that was fulfilling overall. My one main wish was that the time spent on the modern storyline had instead been invested on further developing the older one.
Kendra's grandmother is old and doesn't have long to live anymore, but she has one last wish. She wants Kendra to write down her memories. Kendra has a busy life, being the breadwinner at home and taking care of her autistic son, but she's intrigued by her grandmother's request and decides to give it everything she has. Ella's lead an interesting life and before Kendra knows it she's entirely enthralled by her grandmother's story.
It's 1938 and seventeen-year-old Ella is excited. She's going to F ...more
I liked the way this story was told, with Ella talking to her grand daughter. I felt so bad that she waited so long to tell her story though. Ella and Christophe and Angus were all great characters, I didn't like some of them at some parts of the book. This was kinda sad but also really happy too, even the super sad things had something really good happen after them.
A beautifully written book about love, friendship and relationships.
A dying grandmother asks her granddaughter to write her memoirs of her time in France during the early stages of WW2, in a hope that her estranged daughter would read it and their rift would be healed.
Secrets shared and heartache bond the two women, changing their lives forever.
I love this author's books - she is one of my favourite authors - and so I was eagerly awaiting this book. And what an amazing read! Gorgeous evocative writing that spills from the page transporting the reader to another place and time. Every character came alive for me and I felt for Ella but my favourites were Finn and Christophe. Another absolutely fabulous story from an incredibly talented author. A spell binding tale that will stay with me for a long time.
Wonderful page turner.
Fantastic. First book I have read by Fiona Valpy but definitely won't be my last. I did not want the story to end. Full of love, hope and seeing things from a different perspective, it transports the reader across the years, showing how time and circumstances change things but also intertwine in life's tapestries. I could literally feel the emotions and feelings of the characters come alive from the pages. A gripping love story which isn't all about hearts and flowers but a ...more
I adored this book, so it might seem incongruous that I gave it only four stars. Truthfully, it’s a solid 4.5 just not a 5. Read this, you will come to know and respect Ella. You just might grow to love the person she was. Her story has so many layers to it, so many lessons to be learned from Ella’s living. How profound to share that some hearts will know both a first love and a lasting love, Ella’s fate.
The author does a good job journeying back in time to tell Ella’s story. She h ...more