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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
A Memory Worth Dying For by Joanie Bruce is the best book I have read in ... well, forever (and I do a lot of reading). Marti is living in Tennessee but her heart is still in Texas with her ex-husband Daniel. Three years earlier: while she is pregnant and very much in love, a deadly car crash ends the marriage and sends Marti away from the home and the family she loves dearly. The present: Marti has moved several times because she believes that she is being stalked but can never prove it. She settles in Tennessee and realizes she has a great artistic talent and soon has a showing of her paintings. Daniel has been to the war and suffered greatly and has no memory of Marti, the love they shared or the reason they are no longer married. Daniel’s father, Gerald, has found God, realized his mistake in sending Marti away and sends her a letter telling her Daniel is dying and to please come. Marti receives several threats that warn her 'Do Not Return' to Texas, but she doesn’t listen and heads back to the home she so longs for. Upon her arrival, Gerald admits Daniel is not dying, but is about to make the mistake of his life by marrying his childhood friend, Victoria. His plan is to have Marti pretend to be a stranger and paint a portrait of Daniel and see if Daniel's memory can be reignited by the love they once shared. The rest of the story is the mystery of who wants Marti out of Daniel's life and will Daniel remember that Marti was his wife.
Many reviewers state that they could not put the book down and stayed up or didn’t do their chores, but this is the first book that actually kept me up until 4:30 in the morning until I finished and found out all of the answers. A Memory Worth Dying for has everything you could possibly hope for in a book, including mystery, suspense, twists and turns, and romance. I rate this book a five because that is the highest rating available but Joanie Bruce deserves a much higher grade. A Memory Worth Dying For is a winner.