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*Read Epub Â Chasing Memories (Memory Box Trilogy, #1) ë Steven and Laura Thompson have the ideal marriage and the birth of Annie only strengthens their bond Life seems perfect until everything changes in an instant with one man's careless decision, leaving Laura a widow Laura struggles to move on with life but unimaginable tragedy strikes again While shoveling her elderly neighbor's snowy walk, a careening car slams into her on an icy street, resulting in no memory of either Steven or Annie! Laura grapples to make sense of the missing pieces of her past while living in the present with a daughter she can't remember, a friend she must learn to trust and a future filled with uncertainties A memory box, handcrafted by her elderly neighbor and given to her at Christmas, is filled with precious mementos in the hopes she will one day remember As Laura fights for survival, her eventual surrender to a God of love brings hope, healing and wholeness to her shattered life 'Chasing Memories' is the first in the series of three books by the Inspirational author, Cindy Bauer The trilogy follows the life of Laura, a young widow with a small daughter Thare are a few main characters to meet in 'Chasing Memories', apart from Laura and her daughter Annie, including their neighbours, Mr Mrs Parker; and Susan, Annie's Nanny All these characters play an important role in the story The book focuses on the everyday lives of the characters and we follow them through their daily tasks The book literally does make you feel like you are a fly on the wall in Laura's life, as almost every activity from the moment she gets out of bed in the morning to when she goes back to bed in the evening, from brushing her teeth to eating her dinner, is described in some detail especially at the beginning of the book At first, I thought that we were being given a little too much of this mundane information, but as you read through the book and the story progresses, you do realise that these mundane tasks that Laura once perfomed very easily are all things that she could never really take for granted ever againAfter the death of her husband, Laura is trying hard to put her life back together when she suffers an accident and loses her memory When she wakes up in the hospital she doesn't remember who she is and doesn't recognise her own daughter In fact, her whole life up the point of the accident is a mystery to her She is helped by her friends and family to piece together parts of her life and is given a gift at Christmas, a 'memorybox', in which she can place important photos and personal items from her past and perhaps use them to jog her memory We follow Laura through the story as she almost loses hope that she will ever regain her memory and almost loses her faith in God However, the book contains some truly inspirational fiction as it describes the ways that Laura is blessed despite the tragedies which seem to meet her at every turn There are seemingly no end of tragic events for Laura and her child to deal with At one point Laura realises that 'life actually really is a continuous process, with an abundance of opportunities to start over' and in the context of the book and Laura's life, the author has done well to illustrate this point.I am sure this book will provide inspiration and also guidance to people who may be facing the reality of loss in their lives As the author states so succinctly in the book: If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it In the second half of the book the pace picks up and the ending is surprising, so that the book quickly turns into a compulsive read The novel ends with an epilogue to entice the reader to read the next in the series, and hints at things to come I am looking forward to finding out what happens next.
Reviewed for BookPleasuresI am pleasantly surprised after reading Chasing Memories, by Cindy Bauer Born in Iowa, Cindy now resides in Missouri with her husband She thanks her husband, Robert, and sister, Debra for their continued support Chasing Memories is her first title.The book is supposedly the first in a trilogy and takes place in a small town called Hampton in Missouri The book opens with a prologue and closes with an epilogue of Laura in her elder years The storyline follows Laura Thompson, a thirty year old widow, through some very difficult times in her life Just when Laura and her daughter, Annie were moving on after the death of Steven, another tragedy is thrown at them when a freak accident causes Laura to lose her memory With the help of her friends, Susan and Mildred, Laura attempts to regain control of a life she doesn’t remember, and restore normalcy to her daughter.That I am aware of, the second book in this trilogy, Shades of Blue, follows Laura’s friend, Susan shortly after Chasing Memories ends I am unclear where the third books goes, but after reading the epilogue, I’m hoping it’s back to Laura and the budding relationship with Dr MacKenzie, or following her daughter, Annie after she’s grown.It is my understanding that the author is seeking a new publisher for this book and is working on a rewrite, so the very few minor criticisms I have might be moot I found a few errors in the editing process Overall, there were few, and it did not distract me or discourage me from reading The first few chapters seemed a bit methodical in a way that we were just obtaining daytoday rituals and not necessarily knowing inner feelings or personality of the characters This quickly dissolved around the fourth chapter.Aside from that, I found this to be an enjoyable and bittersweet read Cindy Bauer was able to extract characters on paper and into our hearts One tragedy after another, there were no dead spots and, I am amazed at how emotional I was at times while reading She was able to relay the despair of losing a husband, the uncertainties of parenthood, the necessity of friendship, the fear of amnesia, and the power of faith and prayer I am very much looking forward to the other 2 books in this trilogy Cindy Bauer is a true gem in the inspirational fiction genre, and I see nothing but great things for her writing career. Wasn't my kind of book, but I would never discourage someone else from trying it out The writing was okay, so it may fit many others.