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Reviewed by ALEX NDIRANGU for Readers' Favorite
Why do broken hearts make a promise to never go back to what caused the break, only to discover afterward that they still love the person much more? Is it their weakness, or does love possess a power that is insurmountable? The Memory of Us, by Claire Raye, is a charmingly written story that paints a vivid image of the strength that love truly carries in a connection. This lovely piece of writing introduces us to Nora and Eliot. Their first meeting was only half a day long. However, in this short time, they miraculously forge a bond and a love that goes far beyond even their own comprehension. After searching for each other for over ten years, after a string of heartbreaking and trying moments threatened to separate them, the strength of love can still bring them back together.
Claire Raye did a fantastic job of creating in the reader's mind a complete reflection of Nora and Eliot. As I first glanced at The Memory of Us, I was immediately drawn to a tale woven into the fabric of tenacity, healing, and romance. This is because Nora and Eliot's love story eventually turns into an everlasting waterfall that echoes beauty after running deep and cold through the valleys and along the rocks. The well-developed plot, which was further enhanced by fantastically well-developed characters and personalities, was a significant factor in the success of this novel. I enjoyed how the conversations helped the storyline progress. The dialogue between the many characters gave the narrative life and placed the events in their immediate surroundings. Claire deserves praise for deciding to use the first-person perspective as the main narration style. As first-hand experience resonates with a reader, the distinctive characterization and plot are more appreciated. Personally, I liked how the plot had a slow-burn romance feeling as it awaited the characters' reunion.