The Memory of You by Laurie Kellogg
She can’t forget him–He can’t remember her. Together, they must discover the healing power of unforgettable love.
The day Lieutenant Matthew Foster departed for his so-called ‘tour’ in Vietnam, he never expected a sudden change in his itinerary would include an extended stay in the horrific Hanoi Hilton. Six years later, he’s finally released with the other POWs during Operation Homecoming. Unfortunately, his memories before his capture were erased by the complimentary torture provided by the hotel’s concierge. Due to prior facial injuries and the beard concealing his gauntness, he looks nothing like the boyish photo in his military file.
When the Army informs Matt he has a wife and he was mistakenly declared dead, he’s sure Abby must have made a new life for herself. He doubts the bitter man he’s become can salvage the boy she once cared for, so to be fair to her, he decides to simply write a note to wish her well and leave. But before he does, he can’t resist going to Redemption, PA, to catch a glimpse of the woman he’d loved enough to marry.
The irony of the small town’s name is totally eclipsed by Matt’s dread that he’ll discover he’s lost something truly worth remembering. That fear becomes reality when he learns Abby is engaged, and he’s a daddy! Luckily, his wife doesn’t recognize him, so Matt could still walk away from the beautiful stranger who’s been starring in his X-rated dreams. However, he could never, ever abandon his sons.
The clock is ticking. Any day, the military will inform Abby he’s alive, and her wedding is in only six weeks. It doesn’t give Matt much time to discover if he can reclaim the love the war stole from him.
Review by Kate Lutter:
No wonder The Memory of You won the Golden Heart award.
Once I began to read this wonderful story of a returning Vietnam POW who returns home to find his wife recently engaged to another man, I could not put it down. Ms. Kellogg eally captures the male point of view—a nice guy who just wants to do the right thing for his six year old sons, yet finds himself falling back in love with his wife as he struggles to reclaim his memory. Oh, yeah, Mac returns home with a really bad case of amnesia.
If you like to read a fully fleshed out love story, this is your ticket. This author does a great job of moving the story forward while also showing us the past–how Abby and Mac met and fell in love and were so perfect for each other–before the Vietnam War pulled them apart.
My recommendation–if you have any doubts as to whether this story is for you–order the free sample—by the time you read the sample, you will be ordering the full book and rooting for these two wonderful people to get together.
Review by Estherzinha:
As a military wife, this hit me all the harder. I am sooo grateful that I was never in Abby and Matt/Mac’s shoes. However, I know the anguish, agony, and loneliness of being separated due to deployment. Now that my husband has retired after 16 years, The struggles of finding lasting employment are still true.
I am grateful that our family has served in the military. Yes, that is right, MY FAMILY. You see, when one person serves, everyone else here at home serves their country as well. They are here at home having to do and live everything without that loved one. They have to encourage the one who is away. Many times I was such an exhausted parent I envied my husband not having to care for anyone else and being able to sleep through the night-every single month for two nights when he was away for drill.
I am grateful for the love and care of those who helped me each time I was alone. I am grateful for God and HIS Love for me. I’m grateful for each of my church families (you know, military families can feel very lonely because they move around so much, it is hard to make deep friendships). I’m grateful for my family who took time out of their busy lives to help us in ours.
I am grateful for my husband. His love is unconditional.
Dear Laurie Kellogg, you’ve touched my heart. Thank you. You did an amazing realistic job.