The Memory House

The Memory House

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a new captivating novel of two women whose lives have been destroyed by disaster but find healing in a special house.In the spring of 1953, Everleigh Applegate is happily married and newly pregnant. But a tornado sweeps through Waco, Texas, taking her hopes of a bright future with it. Seven years later,...

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Title:The Memory House
Author:Rachel Hauck
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The Memory House Reviews

  • Loraine

    “I’m just saying God has a way of taking the worst situation and turning it for good.”

    "That's not what I mean, but life, miracles, have a way of coinciding."

    I have read several Rachel Hauck novels and enjoyed them, but I think this one is my favorite so far. I loved the dual time line and the many connections between the historical pair, Everleigh and Don, and the present day pair, Beck and Bruno. Each had been strongly affected by something in their past that was preventing them from moving for

    “I’m just saying God has a way of taking the worst situation and turning it for good.”

    "That's not what I mean, but life, miracles, have a way of coinciding."

    I have read several Rachel Hauck novels and enjoyed them, but I think this one is my favorite so far. I loved the dual time line and the many connections between the historical pair, Everleigh and Don, and the present day pair, Beck and Bruno. Each had been strongly affected by something in their past that was preventing them from moving forward into a new life. Each of the women are dealing with grief and survivor's guilt. Don is held back by what he feels he owes to his father and his own desires, and Bruno from the death of his father while he was young. I love the role the Memory House played for each of them as they found strength and forgiveness to move forward in God's hope.

    Hauck's writing flowed marvelously as she wound her way through all 4 major characters and their thoughts and feelings. Some dual time lines feel disjointed, but I never felt that throughout this seamless novel. I also appreciated that the romance was not the main focus but rather played into the story in the background with the main characters focused more on determining how to move on with their lives.

    I loved the small town of Fernandina Beach which was a perfect setting for the Memory House. My favorite part was when Beck realized that both her father and her Heavenly Father loved her as she sat in church listening to the praise song, "Good, Good, Father."

    **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  • Susan Snodgrass

    'She was nothing more than a weak body of flesh who wore her tragedy like a badge of honor. And she was terrified it would happen to her again.'

    Beck Holiday's father died in the North Tower on 9/11 and since that day, she has lost every memory that involves him. Now, she is a cop with NYPD, a tough sergeant who has a horrible secret and she's just been suspended for misconduct. Then a letter arrives telling her she's inherited a house in Florida from a woman she doesn't even remember knowing. Sh

    'She was nothing more than a weak body of flesh who wore her tragedy like a badge of honor. And she was terrified it would happen to her again.'

    Beck Holiday's father died in the North Tower on 9/11 and since that day, she has lost every memory that involves him. Now, she is a cop with NYPD, a tough sergeant who has a horrible secret and she's just been suspended for misconduct. Then a letter arrives telling her she's inherited a house in Florida from a woman she doesn't even remember knowing. She decides to go down to Florida and check out this mysterious inheritance. What she doesn't know is that her life is going to change forever, especially when she runs into Bruno Endicott, who has fond memories of the times they both spent summers there as children and teenagers. She was his first kiss and Bruno has held a special place in his heart for Beck ever since. But Beck has no memory of Bruno.

    Many decades before, widow Everleigh Applegate was widowed after an epic tornado tore through her Waco, Texas home and destroyed her life. Now she lives with her mother in a life that is destined to be completely uneventful. Everleigh has boxed her memories away and intends to keep it that way. But one day she runs into Don Callahan in the grocery store and her life begins to change a little bit at a time. But Everleigh carries a horrific secret in her heart, a secret she believes no one on earth will understand, a secret that will prohibit her ever having a happy life again.

    Written in a dual time line, fifty years separate two women who will come to know the powerful healing through faith and love. And a beautiful Victorian home, The Memory House, will play a big part.

    I could not put this book down. Rachel Hauck has always been a favorite author to me and this one just may be her best yet, in my opinion. She always includes a touch of the Divine and when I came across it here, I smiled, because I knew this was it and it is amazing. I stayed up till the wee hours to finish this book, at times with tears in my eyes. She knows how to write in such a way that brings these characters to life right before your eyes and involve you in the story to a powerful degree. It just amazes me how God pours these stories into her heart. Totally invested was I in this story. These characters just dance through my mind even after reading the last word. I highly recommend this book.

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  • Gloria

    The Memory House is a lovely dual timeline story that tells the story of two women whose life is torn by loss and despair to the point of some amnesia to overcome the pain. Their lives cross and both are impacted.

    Everleigh Novak Applegate and her husband, married for eight months, are madly in love. expecting their first child and planning their first home. But a tornado swept through Waco, Texas, killing her husband, in-laws and her father. Depressed and in deep sorrow, she lost her memory for

    The Memory House is a lovely dual timeline story that tells the story of two women whose life is torn by loss and despair to the point of some amnesia to overcome the pain. Their lives cross and both are impacted.

    Everleigh Novak Applegate and her husband, married for eight months, are madly in love. expecting their first child and planning their first home. But a tornado swept through Waco, Texas, killing her husband, in-laws and her father. Depressed and in deep sorrow, she lost her memory for a while.

    She and her mother live together in an arrangement that works for them. Everleigh works to support them while her mother keeps the house. Don Callahan, a friend of her older brother, comes into her life several years later and wants to date her. Everleigh wants to protect the memory of her husband and isn't interested at first. Don gets a job in Fernandina Beach, Florida and asked her to marry him. Eventually after another possible tragic event, she decides that she cares for him.

    Beck Halliday is an NYPD Sergeant but is put on leave without pay for a month after getting abusive with a perp. At a same time, she received a letter informing her that she has inherited a home in Fernandina Beach from Everleigh Callahan. Her father was killed in the North Tower on 9/11 and she has blocked out her father and any memory of him, including most of her childhood. She doesn't know who Everleigh was until her mother tells her that they used to go visit when she was young and her father alive. So she goes to Florida to get away and try to get her head on straight. She make a bad decision one night while intoxicated and is now pregnant, dealing with anger and frustration over her situation along with hormones. Bruno Endicott, a sports agent, recognized her at the memorial service for Everleigh but she doesn't know him. Bruno and Beck were close as children and shared their first kiss. His feelings for her are still there but she isn't interested. At first.

    Everleigh and Beck both had tragic events in their life that has hindered their ability to seek happiness. Don and Bruno both have dreams of what they want to do in their careers but have issues getting to that point.

    This story is one of love, tragedy, forgiveness and faith in the face of obstacles that seem so large to overcome. It is about second chances at happiness, realizing what is important and who we are to God. Truly special story as Rachel Hauck is so very great at writing.

    I received a complimentary ARC from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley to read and give an honest review. The thoughts stated are mine only.

    Review for Chapter 1 teaser:

    I read the first chapter of The Memory House and got a glimpse of what the story is going to be about I have an idea of where it is going and look forward to reading the whole book. In this first chapter, NYPD Sergeant Beck Holiday and her partner and former boss/mentor, Hogan, are working a shift in Manhattan on New Year's Eve. They are chasing a young man who has been arrested several times by Beck because of drug possession. When they catch him, he has drugs but also a little dog in bad shape that Beck thinks has been used to swallow the bag of drugs to get rid of them. Beck has a meltdown because of the mistreatment of the dog and leaves Hogan with the prisoner to take in for booking while she tries to get help for the dog. It is apparent that something is bothering Beck and this was the final straw. Now, we have to wait and see what is going on with her.

    I received a complimentary ARC of the this first chapter from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley to read and give an honest review. The thoughts stated are mine only.

  • Karen

    Rachel Hauck is one of those authors I will always purchase without even reading the book synopsis. Her books are always filled with history, love, forgiveness, and a story that comes together so perfectly. This book meets those expectations perfectly.

    I fell in love with these characters as soon as I met them. I loved that much of the story took place in Texas, a state so very close to me, and the history that happened during the Waco tornado. I also thought Florida was the perfect setting for t

    Rachel Hauck is one of those authors I will always purchase without even reading the book synopsis. Her books are always filled with history, love, forgiveness, and a story that comes together so perfectly. This book meets those expectations perfectly.

    I fell in love with these characters as soon as I met them. I loved that much of the story took place in Texas, a state so very close to me, and the history that happened during the Waco tornado. I also thought Florida was the perfect setting for this couple to land and make their life together.

    The characters in this book did not necessarily follow the "standard" picture of the Christian fiction book, and I think that made me like them even more. They had their flaws, they found themselves living with the consequences of their mistakes, and they pushed through to make a life for themselves regardless.

    The love that happened between Everleigh and Don reminds me so much of my grandparents' generation and the way they deeply love with all their heart, through everything life throws at them. They work hard to create their life, their livelihood, and a legacy for their children and grandchildren.

    Beck and Bruno seemed to be the perfect example of today's generation and their tendency to find themselves floundering around, looking for a career, and always striving to better themselves from their current situation.

    But both couples found exactly what they needed in life - God. God's love came through for them in big ways and small, and He took care of all of them through everything in their life. I rejoiced in watching these characters find God and find the true loves of their lives.

    And the connection we find at the end - priceless! The ways Rachel Hauck always brings the old together with the new completely surprises me every time and reminds me why I always love a perfect Hauck book.

  • Brandi

    Oh wow! Just beautiful. I have loved all of her books and was very curious when I saw this description. Knowing Rachel’s writing style, I wasn’t sure how to reconcile the idea of a memory house. From the very beginning, I was sucked in, as I always am with her stories. All the stories captivated me and didn’t let loose until the very end. Even now, the characters challenges and moments of growth bless and challenge my heart.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through

    Oh wow! Just beautiful. I have loved all of her books and was very curious when I saw this description. Knowing Rachel’s writing style, I wasn’t sure how to reconcile the idea of a memory house. From the very beginning, I was sucked in, as I always am with her stories. All the stories captivated me and didn’t let loose until the very end. Even now, the characters challenges and moments of growth bless and challenge my heart.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  • Maureen Timerman

    I loved this book and it quickly turned into a quick page turner, and a sense of loss when the last page was turned, and how appropriate is the title!

    The author draws us in with two strong main characters, both woman, and both willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Disasters are what make them similar, and great men who loved them to the end.

    We span decades and yet things are the same but different, and find a home in a quiet town in Florida to be catalyst to healing.

    Warning once you start this

    I loved this book and it quickly turned into a quick page turner, and a sense of loss when the last page was turned, and how appropriate is the title!

    The author draws us in with two strong main characters, both woman, and both willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Disasters are what make them similar, and great men who loved them to the end.

    We span decades and yet things are the same but different, and find a home in a quiet town in Florida to be catalyst to healing.

    Warning once you start this one, you will not want to put it down.

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Brittany

    The Memory House was absolutely captivating! I loved both stories in this dual timeline novel equally. I felt such deep emotions for the main characters, that at times I was unsure if I could handle the various heartaches that came their way. However, I had to keep reading…I couldn’t stop myself! And I am so glad I did.

    Both Beck and Everleigh’s journeys were full of times of heartache as well as joy. And Beck, Bruno, and Everleigh all learned so much about faith, forgiveness, and a loving God wh

    The Memory House was absolutely captivating! I loved both stories in this dual timeline novel equally. I felt such deep emotions for the main characters, that at times I was unsure if I could handle the various heartaches that came their way. However, I had to keep reading…I couldn’t stop myself! And I am so glad I did.

    Both Beck and Everleigh’s journeys were full of times of heartache as well as joy. And Beck, Bruno, and Everleigh all learned so much about faith, forgiveness, and a loving God who is there waiting with open arms.

    This is my favorite dual timeline book that this author has written. It’s tender story will remain with me for a long time.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

    You can read this review on my blog:

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I have never read a book by Hauck that I did not LOVE. Are you tired of reading books with perfect, flawless characters? If you answered yes, then this book is for you. You have to be a very special author to write Time-slip books and do it well. Hauck does it like no other. Hauck gave us imperfect characters, that made me love them and relate to them. 2 Sets of couples that you are sure to fall in love with. 2 Stories that come together and make you sad to see it come to an end.

    You must pick u

    I have never read a book by Hauck that I did not LOVE. Are you tired of reading books with perfect, flawless characters? If you answered yes, then this book is for you. You have to be a very special author to write Time-slip books and do it well. Hauck does it like no other. Hauck gave us imperfect characters, that made me love them and relate to them. 2 Sets of couples that you are sure to fall in love with. 2 Stories that come together and make you sad to see it come to an end.

    You must pick up a copy of this 5 star must read book. I HIGHLY recommend it.

    The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  • Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words:

    The talented Rachel Hauck writes in a variety of styles and settings, and all of her books have touched me in some way. But The Memory House? It’s truly special, deeply rooted in faith, my favorite of all she’s written so far. There’s romance, of course, but this story is so very much more!

    Family is whoever fits into your heart.

    The Memory House is poignant and emotionally captivating. Hauck is a master of the dual timeline, and I was deeply i

    Reviewed at The Power of Words:

    The talented Rachel Hauck writes in a variety of styles and settings, and all of her books have touched me in some way. But The Memory House? It’s truly special, deeply rooted in faith, my favorite of all she’s written so far. There’s romance, of course, but this story is so very much more!

    Family is whoever fits into your heart.

    The Memory House is poignant and emotionally captivating. Hauck is a master of the dual timeline, and I was deeply invested in both worlds. Everleigh’s story brings the history of the 1953 tornado in Waco, Texas alive, a defining moment in her life. Beck’s defining moment went back to the events surrounding 9/11, resulting in emotionally suppressed memories.

    While I enjoy dual timelines, I usually favor one storyline over the other, but here it’s like the years fell away and I was reading one intricately-woven story. The characters have emotional stories, and are flawed in a way that made them minister to me more than a “whole” person ever could.

    He suspected Mom’s prayers had a hand in this.

    The vitalness of prayer is subtlety seen, as are the themes of faith, forgiveness, and a loving God who is always at our side no matter the circumstances. Everleigh ministers through her heartbreak, reminding me of the way my own life has been touched by some dear saints. I may be reading more into this than intended, but Beck takes in a precious little dog that needed rescuing, and in addition to having my heart stolen by Beetle Boo, I kept reflecting on the human need to be rescued and loved by God.

    The revelation of the connection between old and new themes was surprising – and perfect. The Memory House is a keeper, a “best of the best” read for me.

    Highly recommended.

    I received a copy of this book through Read with Audra and Thomas Nelson. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  • ✨ Gramy ✨

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    The blurb to this popular book really piqued my interest. However, it didn't take long for me to become discouraged with the principal plotline. This book begins with a dark and morose topic, which turned me off. I immediately came to the conclusion that this storyline did not sound like a Christian tale to me. There is so much darkness, hatred, and violence in the world that I prefer my literary fiction to include more wit, humor, and inspiration.

    I did not read the comments prior to starting

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    The blurb to this popular book really piqued my interest. However, it didn't take long for me to become discouraged with the principal plotline. This book begins with a dark and morose topic, which turned me off. I immediately came to the conclusion that this storyline did not sound like a Christian tale to me. There is so much darkness, hatred, and violence in the world that I prefer my literary fiction to include more wit, humor, and inspiration.

    I did not read the comments prior to starting the book or I would have been saved some time. Not only did the contents disturb me, but then I discovered there will be a dual timeline. Those can be tricky to execute and I'm glad I avoided such.

    Although I thoroughly enjoyed the Royal Wedding series repeatedly, I chose not to complete this book. It is not the type of Christian inspiration that lifts my spirit.

    There are many who have sung high praises for this book and many more will probably follow. I suppose if many enjoy it, that is what counts in the long run. You can't please everyone all the time!

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