First Line Friday – 24 March 2017 – The Memory of You (Catherine West)


Welcome to First Line Friday! I have just finished reading the fantastic novel I’m featuring today, and I have one word of advice for you: PRE-ORDER!!! I’m still basking in the afterglow of this one—or perhaps ‘savouring the finish’ would be a more appropriate description 😉 —so look out for my review soon (once I can actually find the words to do it justice!)  It releases on 28 March, so you don’t have long to wait. 🙂

~ About the Book ~

Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?

When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.

And Natalie never says no to her father.

Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.

But finding freedom from the past means facing it.

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~ First Line ~

The wood-paneled walls of the boardroom were closing in.

Seriously, this novel is all kinds of good, so I’ll say it again: PRE-ORDER!!

Don’t forget to share your first line in the comments, and then hop on over and find out what the other First Liners have for you today:

Jessica ~ A Baker’s Perspective  //  Sarah ~ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
Bree ~ Bibliophile Reviews  //  Rachel ~ Bookworm Mama  //  Amanda ~ With a Joyful Noise
Heather ~ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen  //  Beth ~ Faithfully Bookish
Kathleen ~ Kathleen Denly  //  Lauraine ~ Lauraine’s Notes  //  Andi ~ Radiant Light
Carrie ~ Reading is my Superpower  //  Robin ~ Robin’s Nest  //  Sydney ~ Singing Librarian

 If you would like to join us for First Line Friday, contact Carrie at Reading is my Superpower.

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26 Responses to First Line Friday – 24 March 2017 – The Memory of You (Catherine West)

  1. “Even if she hadn’t been the last person to walk through the turnstile at Warren Street tube station, Jack Barker would have noticed the tall, slender woman in the navy blue, thigh-length jacket with a matching pleated skirt, short enough to reveal a well-turned ankle.” ~Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear

    Good story! Enjoy and Happy Reading! 🙂

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  2. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday! I have a book by Catherine West that I need to get to.
    My first line is from Joel C. Rosenberg’s new book Without Warning:
    “I had never been in the Oval Office before.
    But I’d always imagined my first time going differently.”

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  3. carylkane says:

    I enjoy Catherine West’s books! 🙂

    Claire Murray headed for the barn, a burst of cold air lifting her long blonde hair and tossing it into her face. – To Dance with Dolphins by Bonnie Leon

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

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  4. rachel820 says:

    I loved this book!!!! Yay!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. amandatero says:

    Sounds very interesting!! Haven’t read that author yet.

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  6. That first line made me suck in my breath. I’ll look for your review. 🙂

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  7. Winnie Thomas says:

    I LOVED The Memory of You! Catherine West is an amazing author. My first line is: “A bad case of jitters had Larkspur Linwood by the scruff of the neck.” Castles in the Clouds by Myra Johnson

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    • Wasn’t it great?! I really enjoyed Castles in the Clouds, too. Did you see the next one releases in about a week?


      • Winnie Thomas says:

        Yes, I saw that. I have the first two books (I won them in different contests), but I haven’t read them yet. I just got Castles in the Clouds in the mail a few days ago. I really need to get them read soon.


  8. Heather says:

    Happy Friday! Perfect descriptively written first line!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. andinewberry says:

    Haven’t read this one. Happy Friday!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. singinglibrarian2015 says:

    Just started reading this one! Sigh…

    Liked by 1 person

  11. pjcbaker says:

    Wow that one sounds really good! I’ll be on the lookout for it 😊

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  12. Winnie Thomas says:

    Cathy West, that first line had my anxiety and claustrophobia working overtime! Well, I guess it was the whole first page or two. Maybe you could give away Kleenex and anti-anxiety meds with it. LOL


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