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Gorgeous 5* read – The Memory Keeper by Jenny Hale

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Summer House comes a story about family bonds, one small town, and a reunion that changes everything.

Hannah Townsend’s life is just as she’s always wanted it to be. She has the perfect job at a New York magazine, a small but elegant apartment in the upper west side, and an incredibly successful beau named Miles Monahan. This year, for her thirty-fifth birthday, she’s leaving the icy city sludge for sunshine! She’s got tickets for two to Barbados, and she’s all packed and meeting Miles at the airport for a week of cocktails, sandy beaches, and the music of steel drums.

But her life is turned upside down in the span of that one morning. Hannah is rocked by the news that her beloved grandmother is very sick, and Hannah needs to come home to her small Tennessee town right away to be with her family and help run her gran’s dilapidated flower shop. It also means she has to face Ethan Wright, the best friend she’d left behind so many years ago. If that isn’t enough to deal with, she discovers her boyfriend is seeing someone else.

With flights grounded and rental cars in great demand due to the winter snowstorm, she’s stranded at the airport. On her birthday, instead of waking up in a stylish beachfront hotel in Miles’s arms like she thought, she finds herself packed like sardines into a car, with two passengers, on a ride-share from LaGuardia Airport to her hometown of Franklin, Tennessee.

When everything seems to be going wrong, it’s the kindness of a handsome businessman from Hannah’s past named Liam McGuire that might just save her. But a new development that threatens Gran’s shop and secrets surrounding Liam could alter both their lives forever.

A heartwarming, sweet romance that will have you laughing, crying, and best of all, hugging those around you a little tighter. If you loved the Christmas movies based on Jenny’s books and are looking for more feel-good, small town romance, look no further!

My Review:

This is an absolutely gorgeous read, one I have thoroughly enjoyed escaping into – mind you, that wasn’t a surprise to me as that it just what I expect when reading books by this talented author. The best advice I can give is read this book rather than my review, I very much doubt if you’d regret it!

Hannah Townsend left her small town upbringing behind when she moved to live and work in New York. She thinks she’s got everything she wants in life and has made special plans to celebrate her thirty-fifth birthday with her boyfriend, plans that go awry dramatically just before she has a call to say her beloved Gran is seriously ill. Hannah changes her plans from a romantic idyll in Barbados to a dramatic dash to Franklin, Tennessee. Fate doesn’t seem to be on her side as a storm grounds all flights but maybe it won’t be so bad as someone she knew as a teen and a friendly young woman (and her dog) decide to car share to get there. Just what has fate in store for her? You’ll have to read it for yourself to find out!

The characters are well developed and believable, the angst and turmoil easy to relate to, the drama feels like you’re actually witnessing it all – utterly fantastic. It is a story concerned with making choices, changing dreams, working together, making memories and finding your way despite the obstacles life puts in your path. The adages Hannah remembers her Gran citing are as relevant now as they were in the past. This is one of the best stories I’ve read, it truly is both a heartwarming and emotional read – and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Thanks to Harpeth Road for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.

Buy Links

Amazon: http://geni.us/TMKAmazon 

Kobo: http://geni.us/KoboTMK 

Apple Books: http://geni.us/Apple-BooksTMK 

B&N: http://geni.us/TMKBN


Jenny Hale is a USA Today, Amazon, and international bestselling author of romantic contemporary fiction. Her books have sold worldwide, have been translated into multiple languages, and adapted for television. Her novels Coming Home for Christmas and Movie Guide Epiphany Award winner Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses are Hallmark Channel original movies. She was included in Oprah Magazine’s “19 Dreamy Summer Romances to Whisk You Away” and both Southern Living’s “30 Christmas Novels to Start Reading Now” as well as “Beach Reads Perfect for Summer 2020.” Her stories are chock-full of feel-good romance and overflowing with warm settings, great friends, and family. Jenny is at work on her next novel, delighted to be bringing even more heartwarming stories to her readers. When she isn’t writing, or heading up her romantic fiction imprint Harpeth Road, she can be found running around her hometown of Nashville with her husband, two boys, and their labradoodle, taking pictures—her favorite pastime.

A Note:

Jenny is available for speaking engagements, interviews, and appearances. She also loves speaking with book clubs and writer groups via video chat or in person (distance and schedule permitting).

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2 comments on “Gorgeous 5* read – The Memory Keeper by Jenny Hale

  1. Carla
    January 30, 2021

    Wonderful review Elaine. I am not surprised that this is a wonderful book, having loved other books she has written. This sounds lovely.


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