memoryofwater.jpgAbout the Book: On the night their mother drowns trying to ride out a storm in a sailboat, sisters Marnie and Diana Maitland discover there is more than one kind of death. There is the death of innocence, of love, and of hope. Each sister harbors a secret about what really happened that night—secrets that will erode their lives as they grow into adulthood.

After ten years of silence between the sisters, Marnie is called back to the South Carolina Lowcountry by Diana’s ex-husband, Quinn. His son has returned from a sailing trip with his emotionally unstable mother, and he is deeply disturbed and refusing to speak. In order to help the traumatized boy, Marnie must reopen old wounds and bring the darkest memories of their past to the surface. While resisting her growing attraction to Quinn, she must also confront Diana, before they all go under…

My Review: I was sold on this book the moment I saw the beautiful cover. Is that not a gorgeous cover?!? It took no time at all once I opened the book to become engrossed in the story.

The story is told through four different points of views. There’s a big secret that’s being kept by some which is a mystery to others, and it seems all their relationships and lives sort of revolve around this one event. It was easy for me to feel the pain of the different characters and it was impossible for me not to empathize with each one. Except for Quinn, who got on my nerves a little bit.

The description in this book is fantastic, the South Carolina Lowcountry really came to life for me. Additionally, I felt the loss Marnie and Diana were dealing with and appreciated the struggle Diana lived with in balancing her illness and her artistic passion. I found this part to be so authentic and one of the most interesting aspects of her character.

Even if you can guess some of the secrets before Marnie, this book is worth reading for the journey of the characters and the beautiful prose. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, cried a little, and generally got irritated when I was interrupted while reading it. Recommended!

The Memory of Water was released March 2008 by New American Library.

You can visit Karen at her website. (Where I was excited to learn she has another book coming out in November!)

You can buy the book at Amazon.

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6 Responses to “The Memory of Water by Karen White”

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  2. Cheryl Says:

    I have this book on my list to check out and read. Thanks for the review

  3. Carole Says:

    First of all, what a great cover, like you said! Christian fiction has some of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen, and they can certainly draw you to a particular book.

    Secondly, I am a southerner who loves southern fiction, and SC low country is a great setting.

    And lastly, what an interesting plot! I will definitely watch out for this book.

  4. Lori Barnes Says:

    Beautiful Cover, I’ve had this one on my wish list. Loved your review and makes me even more eager to get the book!

  5. Karen White Says:

    Thanks for the lovely review! And, I must admit, it is one of the most beautiful covers ever to grace a book (and I had nothing to do with it so I’m allowed to say that!).

    I write Southern Women’s Fiction and the Lowcountry of South Carolina is a place that draws me back again and again. My book THE COLOR OF LIGHT is set there (in Pawleys Island) and my next two are set in Charleston and Savannah, respectively. I hope this means that one day I’m destined to live there!

  6. Darlene Says:

    I agree with you on this cover-it is beautiful. When I go into a bookstore it is the cover of the book to attract me. I have this one by my bed and it’s next to be read. I can’t wait after reading your great review!

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