Title: The Memory Book
Author: Rowan Coleman
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication Date: 30th January 2014
The name of your first-born. The face of your lover. Your age. Your address...
What would happen if your memory of these began to fade?
Is it possible to rebuild your life? Raise a family? Fall in love again?
When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters and husband have of her. But how can she hold on to the past when her future is slipping through her fingers...?
I am new to Rowan Coleman's books and I kicked myself after finishing this as I didn't know why I haven't read books by Rowan before.
Firstly the cover of this was just so beautiful and I felt like I just wanted to hug it so much and It does look ever so amazing sat on my book shelf.
We meet Claire who is an attractive married mother of two kids,Caitlin,20 and Esther,3. Greg is the man of her dreams who she met later in life and married. She raised Caitlin single handed but now is raising Esther together with Greg. Claire had a great job as an English teacher.
Claire finds out she has got early-onset Alzheimer's Disease and her world just comes crashing down, But Claire and her mother Ruth know Alzheimer's very well, as Claire's father had the awful disease too.
Greg buys Claire a lovely notebook which they all name The Memory book, Any details from the past that they would love Claire to remember and piece her life together. The whole family all start to write in the book which is just so lovely.
This book had me in floods of tears with the first couple of chapters, I had to have a box of tissues at the side of me, I really did feel sorry for Claire as it was all of sudden she was losing her mind, had to give her job up, not allowed to drive her car and even forgot where her kids were.
I felt I just couldn't put The Memory book down It is beautifully written but it is ever so devastating and pure sadness too. There is some funny parts that in which what things Claire gets up which will have you giggling but the most of the time you'll be dabbing your eyes.
Rowan Coleman has definitely written a winner of a book here and I feel people are going to love this book and will be talking about it for a while. I loved that it is mentioned that fans of Jo-Jo Moyes will love this, I am a huge fan of Jo-Jo Moyes books and I loved Me Before You But I feel The Memory Book has out done that book and has been written ever so beautiful and with sadness. It really does give you the insight of how a family deals with an awful Disease like Alzheimer's and how they have to come together more as a family and the love they have for each other is just so sad.
I will certainly be now buying more of Rowan's books in the future.
I Thank Amelia Harvell for my review copy of The Memory Book and Letting me part of this fab blog tour to help celebrate The Memory Book's Publication.
I have to give Rowan a huge 5/5 star rating for this absolutely amazing and beautiful read which really touched my heart.