The name of your first-born. The face of your lover. Your age. Your address..
.What would happen if your memory of these began to fade?
Is it possible to rebuild your life? Raise a family? Fall in love again?
When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters and husband have of her. But how can she hold on to the past when her future is slipping through her fingers...?
The Memory Book - Rowan Coleman
Source: Courtesy of Ebury Press
The hype for this book has been truly amazing and I knew from that that The Memory Book had to be something special. Only a few chapters in and that something special is proven. I have never, ever read anything written with so much sincerity, care and consideration to a disease and its victims that this awareness made The Memory Book even more special to me.
It is not a book you just read and fall in love with a character and their story, oh no with this you are taken in completely with your heart and soul. You are reading a book that holds not just memories of a family, but the love and hurt they combine. It is an actual privilege to read that red leather book and I for one will cherish it like it was non fiction. Why? You may ask. Well like I have said previously, the compassion addressed to the situation allows you to experience the feelings and thoughts of a person battling Alzheimer's disease. It really does grip you hard.
If you can't already tell I'm actually struggling to write this review hence the repeatedness. I mean how on earth can you write a review following something so unbelievably life altering that you're unable to stop the feelings that have washed over you.
A tale of love, life and family.
A tale of one disease.
A tale of memories.