Thank you to Rosie Margesson at Headline Books for a proof copy of the book to read and review. This is the first book I’ve read by Kathryn Hughes. The Memory Box is published in the UK today.
From the million-copy-bestselling author of The Letter, Kathryn Hughes, and inspired by heartbreaking true events, an unforgettable, moving and timeless story of love and war which will stay with you for ever. Readers who adored The Nightingale, The Notebook or The Rainbow will love to unlock The Memory Box…
Jenny Tanner opens the box she has cherished for decades. Contained within are her most precious mementoes, amongst them a pebble, a carving and a newspaper cutting she can hardly bear to read. But Jenny knows the time is finally here. After the war, in a mountainside village in Italy, she left behind a piece of her heart. However painful, she must return to Cinque Alberi. And lay the past to rest.
After a troubled upbringing, Candice Barnes dreams of a future with the love of her life – but is he the man she believes him to be? When Candice is given the opportunity to travel to Italy with Jenny, she is unaware the trip will open her eyes to the truth she’s been too afraid to face. Could a place of goodbyes help her make a brave new beginning?
I enjoyed reading this dual timeline novel. Jenny is a feisty elderly woman, who wants to return to Italy to face her past. As Jenny starts to plan her trip, she shares the story of her past with Candice, one of the carers where she lives.
Candice is fascinated by Jenny’s stories and keen to travel to Italy with her, despite the negativity shown by her boyfriend, Beau.
Jenny’s memories included being evacuated during the war, falling in love, settling into a new community and trying to help others during the war. However there are also darker memories, secrets and sadness too.
Heartbreaking in places and uplifting too, this is a book I enjoyed reading and I’m happy to recommend.