Title: My Name Is Memory
Author: Ann Brashares
Release Date: June 1, 2010
I received this book for review from Riverhead Books/Penguin.
Summary: The story of a love that lasts more than a lifetime.
Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory" the ability to recall past lives and recognize the souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully fatally part. A love always to short.
But just as Sophia (reborn as "Lucy") finally begins to awaken to the secret of the shared past, the mysterious force that has always wrenched them apart reappears, Ultimately, they must recognize what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.
Thoughts: Daniel has lived over a thousand years - always falling in love with the same woman, Sophia. But tragedy always strikes and rips them apart. Through all of it though Daniel always remembers. Always retaining the memory of their time together- through the centuries. In the present day he has found her again, but to truly be together they need to find the who or what that keeps forcing them to part.
As much heartache that there was in this story, I loved it. Daniel and Sophie's story spans from 541 to 2009. Very much an epic love story. I liked that each chapter went back and forth between the years. It gave great insight to both characters.
My Name Is Memory was a beautiful story and at the same time heartbreaking, I had a hard time putting this one down. For me this was one strong story of love, heartache and revenge. A wonderful read and one I recommend. I'm not a fan of the ending but I heard that this is the first book in a trilogy. If that is true the cliffhanger ending isn't so bad.
Score: 4 Stars
Author Website: http://annbrashares.com/
My Name Is Memory- June 1, 2010