Friday, June 12, 2009

Thanks For the Memories by Cecelia Ahern

About the Book: How can you know someone you've never met? That's the question haunting Joyce Conway these days. Recovering from a terrible accident and with her marriage in pieces, Joyce is suddenly plagued by an overwhelming sense of déjà vu that makes her feel as if the life she's living is not her own. During the day she has vivid memories of things she's never seen—such as cobblestoned Parisian streets she's never visited—and at night she dreams of a little girl she's sure she's never met. Joyce is convinced she's lost her mind . . . until a series of coincidences leads her on a journey to meet the one person who may hold the answer she needs.
Someone's life could be depending on you right now. . . . That's the pitch that finally persuades Justin Hitchcock to donate blood—the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time.
Restless and lonely, Justin chased his ex-wife and daughter from Chicago to London, and now he's in Dublin, guest-lecturing to bored college students. When he receives a basket of muffins with a thank-you note attached, he's sure someone's playing a joke on him, but then the presents keep coming. Intrigued, Justin is determined to solve the mystery—a quest that will change his life forever.
Thanks for the Memories is a heartwarming story of hope, love, and second chances—Cecelia Ahern's most magical novel yet.

I listened to it. Here is the info for the book:
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (April 7, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006170623X
ISBN-13: 978-0061706233

My thoughts: Well, I worked quite a bit around the house today and so finally listened to the rest of Thanks For the Memories. I was attracted to this book first through a review I read then by curiosity. My favorite character was Joyce's father. He was delightful, his character shined through. The interaction between him and his daughter was fun to read and caused many smiles. Especially funny was the airport security scene! Joyce's father had never flown and was less than cooperative when being asked to remove his shoes, cap and coat. Very funny scene. I was not too sure of Justin, though. I guess at the end he he was OK. Some serious subjects (miscarriage, breakdown of a marriage, father's aging) mixed in with the surprising and sweet story. There were a few gratuitous uses of the f-word, which did not seem to fit. This was a cute, light, romantic read and I enjoyed it.

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Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

Completely agree, really enjoyed this book. Lovely light-hearted read.

Cheryl said...

Sounds and looks great! I love the book trailers they have out now.

Teddyree said...

I loved this one, found myself giggling like a loon in one particular scene. Enjoyed your review!

Jess said...

I am so glad you enjoyed this book, it is so going on the TBR list!

Tena said...

awesome!! Thanks for sharing the link to this review with me. I am forsure moving this book up on my list!