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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
If it were possible to find an example of the right blend of elements to write a book for those women who just want to relax with a good read at the end of a long day, The Edge of Memory by Maura Beth Brennan would be it. Short chapters, realistic plotting, believable characters, mounting tension, buried secrets and budding romance, all told using lots of well-written dialogue and enough introspection to add depth make The Edge of Memory a most enjoyable read. It's very easy to understand and accept the actions, attitude and character of the protagonist, Harriet. As a nine-year-old child, she witnessed the murder of her mother by her father. Now, as a 30-year-old, she is haunted by nightmares, unable to remember exactly what happened and her role, if any, in the horrid event. But somehow she feels responsible. As a result, she's a loner, keeping her strengths, talents and real self hidden from everyone, including herself.
Enter into her life, Agnes, a wealthy widow who offers Harriet a summer position as her companion. In Agnes, Harriet finds both a role model and a mentor. Toss in Alex, Agnes' nasty, conniving nephew, interested only in the wealth he expects to inherit on Agnes' death, and Harriet finds a strength she never knew she had. Then, add Eli, the handsome local carpenter, and Harriet begins at last to believe she could just have a happy future. As the plot complicates and unfolds itself rapidly, Harriet discovers who she really is and the truth about her past. Best of all, with the help of all the characters in The Edge of Memory, Harriet realizes she is truly worthy of love, including love of self. While the ending is somewhat predictable, Maura Beth Brennan does a great job of keeping readers turning pages, if only to find out if they guessed correctly. Add The Edge of Memory to your summer reading bucket list and enjoy!