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|
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|Number of Pages||:||273 pages|
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Sea of Memories Reviews
Whilst I did really enjoy this novel and the descriptions of France I felt in trying to cover the entirety of one person's life meant that the characters became somewhat diluted. At times I felt disappointed that some of the main character's experiences were dealt with in a chapter when they could in fact have been books in their own right. But still a very enjoyable read.
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 gave this 5 stars and 4 tissues.
This book is about 3 young people that meet in the summer of their 17th year and spend an idyllic time on an island off France. They become friends forever but WWII changes their lives completely... The years that follow are joyful, scary, sad, and sweet.
This was a really lovely story that show the struggles of connecting between generations - we want to protect our family, but sometimes leaving things unsaid leads to misunderstanding and distance..
Ella is dying, and reaches out to her granddaughter Kendra; she's been estranged from her daughter for years, but wants her story to be known. We not only learn Ella's colorful past, but also become involved in Kendra's life. Honestly, I wish a bit more of the book had been devoted to Ella's past, as ...more
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To say that I absolutely loved 'A Sea of Memories' would be an understatement! This was one of the most touching, moving, and emotional stories that I have ever read - and is, without a doubt, my favourite book of 2018. Valpy drew me in with the delicately vivid, mesmerizing descriptions that were infused with heartfelt emotions and loving characters. The perfect and seamless way in which Valpy drew together the past and present made the ...more
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
This is the life story of Ella as written by her granddaughter Kendra. But wait--It is amazing . Don't question buying this book. It gives you the feels. All of them! It ranks right up there with Lilac Girls and Sarah's Key. I loved it and look forward to more books from this new to me author.
Thank you thank you Goodreads and Lake Union for picking me to review this.
I was not expecting this to be the wonderful sorry that ice just finished reading. I have fallen in love with Ella and her life story and have already looked up Il de Re as next year's holiday destination. Fantastic beautify written story x