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....
|Title||:||Sea of Memories|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||273 pages|
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Sea of Memories Reviews
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.
A beautifully written book about love, friendship and relationships.
A dying grandmother asks her granddaughter to write her memoirs of her time in France during the early stages of WW2, in a hope that her estranged daughter would read it and their rift would be healed.
Secrets shared and heartache bond the two women, changing their lives forever.
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.
Sea of Memories by Fiona Valpy is the story of Ella as told to her granddaughter. Ella wants her granddaughter to write her story down before she forgets. It is a story of challenges, love and second changes. Fiona Valpy does a wonderful job of describing the scenes and you feel if you are there. The descriptions are wonderful. Makes you realize that a story needs to be told to be helpful.
I received a copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway.
This was the first of Fiona Valpy's novels I have read and I was enormously impressed by this evocative and poignant novel. With a strong sense of place and first-rate, believable characterisation, I was swept along by Ella's story from beginning to end, hardly putting the book down. I really enjoyed the dual time scales as well - while at first I was unsure of the relevance of the modern setting, as the story unwound, I could see how Kendra's anxieties with her marriage and mothering gently mir ...more
Gripping from first to last pages.
Here there are several stories in one, the possibilities for each strand to become a book of its own.
I can still feel the joy of scudding over foam topped waves, the bottomless grief of lost love
Unlike many authors, Fiona contrives to bring her story to a considered conclusion rather than leaving the reader with the feeling that she "can't be bothered anymore"
A bit like Bronte 's Villette, the future of the characters is yours to decide.
I loved this book, the descriptions of France were so well written and really took me there. I loved the story, how it goes back and forth to the past and the present day and just everything about the book in general. I even had a few tears at the end which to me is a sign of how much the book has moved me. First book I’ve read by Fiona and I’ll definitely look for more. Five stars
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.