There are some histories in the Bible that make me uncomfortable.
Seriously, some of the people were extremely wicked. And some of the events were horrific. In fact, if I was compiling the contents of the Bible, it would probably be a lot shorter than it is. The majority of the book of Judges would be omitted. There are even some Psalms I would leave out. You’ve read the last verse of Psalm 137, right?
And yet, God has chosen to keep these unsettling accounts in the Scriptures. Do you ever wonder why?
I think I know.
These same people who behaved so abominably are the same people that God swore to love. In showing us their depravity and then the way that God kept his promises and redeemed them, rescued them, and continually showed His faithful love to them, we can know that no matter how far we fall, He will do the same for us.
And if you question whether this is really true, you don’t have to look any further than Israel today. The very fact that this nation still exists, that the people survived being exiled from their land, more than once, is a testament to God’s faithfulness and love!
The Memory House
by Rachel Hauck
Published by Thomas Nelson
Publication Date April 2, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Florida, Texas, New York Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
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, widowed and childless, she is living with her mother and older than her years. It is not until she runs into an old high school friend, Don Callahan, that a small spark of hope for what life could be is rekindled. However, a secret Everleigh has kept threatens their happiness and future.
Beck Holiday is a tough, angry, New York City cop. Her father’s death on 9/11 took not just her father’s life but many of her memories as well. She learns that she’s inherited a house from an Everleigh Callahan—whom Beck apparently knows but cannot remember—in north Florida, and her suspension from work because of her anger issues leaves her with time to make the trip to figure out why. Upon her arrival, she meets Bruno Endicott, who clearly remembers her. Beck must work to regain her memory, face her anger, and open her heart to love.
Connected through a beautiful house in ways they will both come to understand, both women must find the courage to face the truth about themselves and their past in order to truly love and be loved in return.
I would like to thank Netgalley, Thomas Nelson Publishing for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Beck’s story made me squirm a bit. She was a tough cop who was passionate about her job and yet she made some choices that were less than admirable. Though I don’t fault the author for giving her such a past, for without it, the story of her redemption couldn’t be told.
Beck’s selective amnesia regarding anything related to her father meant missing out on memories from most of her first fourteen years of life, including her friendship with the charming Bruno. When they were reunited through her strange inheritance, he set out to help her remember. His obsession with “antique” cell phones was quite amusing.
I enjoyed the way the stories of the two ladies from different decades intertwined and impacted one another. The similarities of their fear of allowing love into their lives were touching. I especially loved the way the men in their lives fell in love with the women so quickly and completely and therefore were determined to break down their defenses!
The Memory House is a lovely story of grief, guilt, forgiveness, and second chances. There are some adult themes which I would not recommend for a younger audience, however, the story is certainly a clean one.