#TBT Review: My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

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Category: Adult Fiction

Published: June 2010

Read: January 2012

Score: 4.5/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has “the memory”, the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he’s previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.

Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel’s unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now “Lucy” in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

Review: This is a book that I read and still have on my shelves because it was a tumblr_le88z7qg871qav92co1_500wonderful read and I was surprised. I am not in to the love stories per say but this was a beautifully written story that as you can see in the synopsis spans over a long period of time.

It was written by the lady who did Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. Not a book I was a huge fan of but I can tell you if you liked that story you are going to like this one, and if you were not a huge fan like me you might still like it.

It is two stories at once. You meet both Sophia and Daniel in present day. You learn that they are two separate souls that fell in love at…well the beginning of man kind and have been finding each other ever since. Daniel is aware but Sophia isn’t and Daniel spends his life finding her and making her fall in love with him all over again. abandoned-monastic-school-shadows-favim-com-474994

The separate stories are not very confusing at all. You are aware of what time you are in and who is talking which is great as when it’s done this clear I find it very confusing. This is not the case with this book.

It’s also not very lovely either. You do have the love part of it of course, which is a big basis of the story but overall it’s not overwhelming and the entire story. It’s about resilience and the power of feelings and what brings people together.

Well written and an easy read, it’s not a big book either which is nice. I plan on reading it again one day and highly recommend it as a good easy read. One that maybe a good pick up for summer, and with it being in soft cover now…not expensive 🙂

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