Friday, April 13, 2012


Title: Memories
Author: Deanna Lynn Sletten
Publication Information: Deanna Lynn Sletten. 2012. 243 pages.

Book Source: I got this book as a Kindle freebie on Amazon. I read it because I enjoyed and reviewed another book by the author.

Favorite Quote: "Now what do I live for? ..... For yourself, man...for all the things you haven't done yet. For all the things that you are. For you!"

Memories is a love story - love found, lost, and rediscovered. It is the story of Michael and Dani. The book starts at the end of Dani and Michael's story - at Michael's funeral. Dani is reflecting on their lives. They met. They loved. They lost each other. They reconnected.

The book then goes back to the middle of Dani and Michael's story - to the the time that they rediscover each other. At that time, Dani is a woman living with a devastating memory. She found love once in her life and then lost it. The memory of that love impacts her entire life, present and future. Michael is that love and the one responsible for Dani's sad memories. He is the Vietnam veteran whose memories of war haunt and torment him. When they first met, Dani was the one person who could calm his torment. They found each other once, only to be driven apart by circumstances. For each, the memories of the other remained. As they meet again, the question is if both can reframe the memories of the past and find each other again even though difficult circumstances threaten to drive them apart again.

The story of this book is not an unusual one. The way it's told, however, adds movement and depth to the book. It goes from the middle out in both directions - into the past to see their memories of their relationship and into the future as they rebuild their relationship. It is interesting to see how the memories of their past influence their assumptions, actions, and understanding as they rebuild their relationship.

A well told story.


  1. Thanks for this wonderful review of Memories. I'm so happy that you enjoyed it. :)

  2. Thank you for stopping by Deanna. That's 2 for 2 right now. I enjoyed this book and Outlaw Heroes which I read and reviewed in March. Two such different books. Different genres. Different audiences. Different stories. Both good reads.

  3. Nice review!!

    I know my comment is not relevant to your write up. I just need your help in my search of a classic novel that I read in my childhood. There was this girl who met one guy in the carnival. They both fell in love but that guy left promising her that he would come back again. But he never came and the girl waited for him. I can vaguely recall the girls' having few bad relatives who wanted to confuse the girl with a distorted version of the incident. While the guy really wanted to come back but by that time the girl has been taken to another place by her wicked relatives...

    That's all I can recall now. All I remember that I cried over that book. But I have a very poor memory so I am seeking your help in case you read that one!

    Thanks a lot!!

    1. Thank you for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed the review. What did you think of the book?

      I am intrigued by your question. Unfortunately, the description does not sound familiar. But now I want to know especially as the book elicited strong emotions. I will certainly keep on the lookout for a book that meets your description. If you figure it out first, come back and let me know.