Remembering Laurie Kellogg’s The Memory of You

The Memory of You  Cover Silhouette, Kellogg

In summer of 2012, Stephen Woodfin and I posted dream interviews and dream reviews of the Top Five Finalists for the Indie Book of the Year, presented by the New Kindle Book Review. I wanted to go back and re-visit some of those authors in the indie field who are making a difference. Today, I am featuring Laurie Kellogg’s The Memory of You. Laurie didn’t have to write a dream review. Others had already written dream reviews for her.

The Story: 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.

Laurie Kellogg
Laurie Kellogg

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.

The Reviews: The Memory of You is a believable story of love enduring through the trials of war, separation and time. Both sexy and heartwarming, Memory of You will tug at your heartstrings and leave you with a smile on your face. S. Stotter

I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down! I thought that it was very well written and moved along nicely. You just have to remember that it’s ‘A Story’ NOT a documentary!! The book hooked me in from the very beginning and didn’t let go. VERY happy with the purchase of this book!  Sandy Simpson

I purchased this book on the recommendation of a friend. I’ve since talked two of my friends into buying it as well.  I just couldn’t put this book down, and although I had to be up at 6:30 the next morning for work, I stayed up until 4:45 a.m. to finish the book. Very compelling. Wonderful and touching story. S. Chatterjee “onereader”

I read The Memory of You after gobbling up Kellogg’s other two stories. A post-Vietnam book didn’t call out to me, for fear of being too dark, but I love Laurie’s writing so I jumped in. I’m glad I did. Yet one more example of what a great writer Laurie is. This book didn’t have as much humor as her other two (the hero is a POW survivor), but she handles the trauma beautifully for a romance novel. A romance reader doesn’t buy “Platoon” when wanting a HEA. The hero’s flashbacks and posttraumatic stress were painful but necessary. I’ve never talked to a POW survivor, but they seemed realistic. The romance and sexual tension are as strong as in her other books, perhaps even more appealing, knowing what the hero and heroine have suffered. I’m waiting for her next one. I finished all three of her stories in four days. I’m hooked! C.C.

I absolutely loved reading this book. The story was very intricate and it shows what a wonderful gift for details this amazing author has. She made me care for the characters and completely immerse myself in the story. I couldn’t put it down. I just wanted to know what happened next and at the same time didn’t want the story to end. It has been one of the few books I have read ( and I read a lot ) that even when I wasn’t reading it, I found myself thinking about it and wondering what would happen next. Great book! Waleska

Laurie Kellogg has just been added to my list of favorite writers. I could not put the book down once I started (and that’s rare). Kellogg has a gift for connecting the readers with the characters (even the sub-characters). The attraction between the main characters is real, yet she makes a point of highlighting the fact that love is a whole lot more than lust, emphasizing relationship. The story is intriguing and real. Although Mac is coming home after time spent as a POW in the Vietnam War, many of the hard truths the couple had to face are relevant to today’s soldiers as they come home and try to adjust to society once more. I can’t wait to read more from this author. C. Pollock.

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