When Kendra first visits her ailing grandmother, Ella has only one request: that Kendra write her story down, before she forgets In 1937, seventeen-year-old Ellas life changes forever when she is sent to spend the summer on the beautiful le de R and meets the charismatic, creative Christophe. They spend the summer together, exploring the islands sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, and, for the first time in her life, Ella feels truly free.But the outbreak of war casts everything in a new light. Ella is forced to return to Scotland, where she volunteers for the war effort alongside the dashing Angus. In this new world, Ella feels herself drifting further and further from who she was on the le de R. Can she ever find her way back? And does she want to?From the windswept le de R to the rugged hills of Scotland, Sea of Memories is a spellbinding journey about the power of memory, love and second chances....
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Sea of Memories Reviews
Don’t normally write reviews but the story drew me in very quickly. Beautiful story about one woman who was a daughter/lover/mother/wife/grandmother. What are our grandparents stories? Mine have now passed away but I wish I’d asked them about their life and the war. Got through 5 tissues at the end of this book, something else I don’t normally do and that’s cry! The character of Ella had obviously got to me. Great book.
Perception is everything. An adult looks at a pebble on the sidewalk and sees just that -- a pebble. A child looks at that same pebble and sees a sizable rock. Another person looking through a magnifying glass looks at that pebble and sees a huge boulder. All perceptions feel right to each person, and as much as their views differ, they are all looking at the same thing. So it is with human relationships. We have an innate ability to read what we want into a conversation, a human gesture or a pe ...more
A fabulous book
Chose this for my bookclub choice from the reviews it had... and I wasn’t sorry ... the characters are all very believable and I fell in love with them all.. tissues at the ready towards the end. I have been to the isle de Re and it is a very special place brought alive in this lovely book.
Don’t yet know the feelings of my fellow bookclub members .. will have to wait until our next big meet to find out!!
I really enjoyed reading this book.
Based partly in Scotland & France and spanning between present day & the world war 2 I felt the author really brought the characters to life.
I did feel it ended a little abruptly and would have liked to know if forgiveness had been granted to Ella by her daughter, however the story did make me cry always a good sign of a good love story.
I would definitely recommend & will read about book by this author.
I love this author's books - she is one of my favourite authors - and so I was eagerly awaiting this book. And what an amazing read! Gorgeous evocative writing that spills from the page transporting the reader to another place and time. Every character came alive for me and I felt for Ella but my favourites were Finn and Christophe. Another absolutely fabulous story from an incredibly talented author. A spell binding tale that will stay with me for a long time.
Fiona Valpy is a new author to me but one I'm so glad I've discovered, I absolutely adored this book. I loved the journey we went on with the characters and I just loved the setting. This was the perfect book to read to escape life, I was fully immersed into the story whilst reading.
This book is emotional, have some tissues at the ready when reading! The characters are so beautifully written and I just loved Fiona's writing style. This is a book where you need to dive in and be prepared to igno ...more
Perfect Summer Read
I can't remember the last time a book made me cry, but this one did. I don't think younger generations appreciate what it was like to live through WWII, especially in Great Britain and France. Ms. Valpy makes you feel as though you are there in the story with her characters. You feel their angst, their heartbreak, their joy, their every emotion. It was a roller coaster ride that I didn't want to get off of. I couldn't put it down. I read it straight through in a day.
Sea of memories
When I started this book, it did not grab me right off, then I kept going and could not stop. The story is captivating and you can feel truth in the words. The real story of loves lost and found. I fell in love with Ella and her journey. The author did a wonderful job intertwining the past and present. (This is not an easy task)
I believe that she truly grasped the feelings of wanting to be in the moment, yet sometimes drifting away to the past.