People deal with assault in many ways, some try to move past it, others’ drown in it and some try to forget it ever happened. Stefanie, Steffi, is in between. She knows the assault happened but certain things about it, she has blocked out. So in order to cope and feel safe again she goes home. When she is hired to do a job by her ex’s mother, she’s naturally a little leery. It doesn't help when you add into account Ryan’s reaction when he finds out about the work she would be doing to his home. His daughter Emmy is smart and curious and I love that Steffi took her under her wing. She could have ignored the girl but chose not to and teach her the trades of her craft.
I hate being stuck in between two friends, it’s one of the worst situations to be in. Steffi finds herself in the same situation. When she finds out some bad news she has to decide if telling the other friend what’s going on would make things worse or better. Ryan’s mother is adorable and meddling in the cutest way possible. It’s not a secret that she always loved Steffi and when Steffi comes back home she finds subtle ways for her family to bring Steffi into the fold.
I enjoyed reading "The Memory of You" very much. The character’s had real life experiences which helped to connect with them more. I felt each of their pain and worry, I was right along on the journey with them. I hope I get to read the next book in the series.
At the end of "The Memory of You" you will get to read an excerpt from "The Promise of Us", which is the second book in The Sanctuary Sound series.
Stefanie Lockwood can repair anything, except her heart—that’s still recovering.
After a brutal assault leaves Steffi with puzzling memory lapses, she returns to her coastal Connecticut hometown to rebuild her life the best way she knows how: with her hands. But starting a remodeling business with one longtime friend puts her in the middle of a rift with another. Worse, being hired by her ex-boyfriend’s mother forces her to confront old regrets.
Public defender Ryan Quinn wasn’t shocked when his wife left him, but he was floored when she abandoned their daughter. With his finances up in the air, the newly single dad returns to his childhood home in Sanctuary Sound. The last person he expects, or wants, to see working on his family house is Steffi Lockwood—his first love who shattered his heart.
Although Steffi and Ryan are different people now, dormant feelings rekindle. But when Ryan’s concern for Steffi’s mental health prompts him to dig into her past for answers, will what he learns bring them together or tear them apart for good?