The Memory of You

The Memory of You

by Jamie Beck


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When Steffi Lockwood returns to Sanctuary Sound to start over, she has no idea she’ll also get a second chance with her first love.

Steffi Lockwood has survived more than most. Recovering from an assault, she returns to her coastal Connecticut hometown to rebuild her life the best way she knows how: with her hands. But starting a remodeling business with one longtime friend puts her in the middle of a rift with another. Worse, being hired by her ex-boyfriend’s mother forces her to confront old regrets.

Public defender Ryan Quinn wasn’t shocked when his wife left him, but he was floored when she abandoned their daughter. With his finances up in the air, the newly single dad returns to his childhood home in Sanctuary Sound. The last person he expects, or wants, to see working on his family house is Steffi Lockwood—his first love who shattered his heart.

Although Steffi and Ryan are different people now, dormant feelings rekindle. But when Steffi’s secrets begins to surface, will it bring them together…or tear them apart for good?

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ISBN-13: 9781503903418
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Series: Sanctuary Sound Series , #1
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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The Memory of You 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
Jamie Beck is a new author to me and I have no idea why that is. This is a second chance at love story and was well written. Stefanie Lockwood Has returned home to recover from a vicious attack which has left her shattered. When she comes across her ex boyfriend Ryan Quinn she realises that he still holds a grudge. Steffi and Ryan have so much pain and hurt to work through.Can they do it or will the past ruin their future? The Memory of You was kept me interested although at times I felt it was a little slow.There was certainly drama, romance a great deal of angst and it really tugged on my emotions. I look forward to reading more in the series.
Nissa23 More than 1 year ago
The Memory of You is a beautiful story of high school sweethearts, Ryan and Steffi, who drifted apart, and a decade later are brought back together by fate, and a small push from Ryan's mother. There is so much heartbreak, resiliency, and when you think "it's all uphill from here" there's a small twist. I'm left absolutely reeling and excited to read The Promise of Us. Jamie Beck did an amazing job making this story absolutely unforgettable!
UpAllNightBB More than 1 year ago
5 Memorable Stars Review by Amy Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Jamie Beck’s The Memory of You will be one that stays in my memory for a long time. The first book in the Sanctuary Sound series has stolen my heart! When Stefanie Lockwood returns to her hometown to start over after a life-shattering attack, she finds her path crossing with her ex-boyfriend who is openly still holding a grudge from when she broke up with him unexpectedly years earlier. Hired to renovate his mom’s house, she cannot seem to get away from him. Can she focus on her new business and new life, or will she find herself distracted by her bitter first love? Ryan Quinn cannot believe his eyes when he finds his ex, Steffi, in his mom’s house remodeling it. He is trying to recover from a broken marriage and raise his nine year old daughter. He has to protect his heart from the one who got away, but that seems to be easier said than done when he continually runs into her at every turn. As Steffi and Ryan work to put their broken lives back together, the pull of the past draws them to each other. Battling their old feelings and coping with new life challenges, will Steffi and Ryan find their way back to each other or discover its best to leave the past in the past? I am so pleased that this was just the beginning for Steffi and Ryan. This story had so much angst, drama, romance and raw emotion. It drew me in and I became a part of the Sanctuary Sound family. A beautifully written second chance romance that you will not want to put down. I am so excited for book two!
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Just wow!! An emotional story that touched my heart in so many ways. A second chance romance between Steffi and Ryan. High school sweethearts that went their separate ways after Steffi broke up with Ryan. Now they are both back in Sanctuary Cove. Ryan as a single dad, going through a rough divorce, now raising his daughter, Emmy. Steffi,has faced a brutal attack that she has not overcome and does not really want to deal with it, she is now remodeling homes. Loved these characters, great development and they felt real.Even the secondary characters were great, I especially loved Emmy. I felt the topic of the attack was very well written, I really felt for Steffi. I can't wait to read more in this series. I highly recommend.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
Steffi and Ryan dated in high school and college until she ghosted him. Now, years later, they are both back in their hometown and Ryan's mom has engineered the two of them being in close proximity while she works on the house he grew up in. I was drawn to this book by the blurb and by the author. I loved two of the other series I read by this author so my expectations of this new series were pretty high. I had the hardest time getting into this book and by the time I reached the end, I never like Steffi or Ryan. And then there was Peyton, Steffi's friend who is the actual worst but Steffi defends her constantly. There seemed like there were a lot of fantastic missed opportunities in this book but I am looking forward to reading Claire's story. Claire and Steffi's brother were my favorites and they kept me engaged in this series. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh Jamie Beck, I had high hopes after you dialled down the angst in When You Knew but obviously the stress was too much and you've reverted to type in this latest novel. Stefanie Lockwood ghosted her high school boyfriend Ryan Quinn after she realised he could persuade her to give up all her dreams of leaving Sanctuary Sound and exploring a life full of possibilities. Now, after a brutal attack leaves her with a recurring concussion problem she has returned to Sanctuary Sound to set up a construction and decorating business with one of her best friends. One of their first jobs is for Ryan's mother, she wants an extension to give further room for Ryan and his daughter who have returned home after his wife leaves him for another man. There was just too much everything in this book. Steffi is having episodes triggered by day-to-day events, in which she has flashbacks to the attack, which she subsequently doesn't recall - although the reader is left in no doubt as to what the flashbacks mean. Her two best friends have fallen out after Claire's boyfriend left her for Peyton. Claire is lame after a school shooting incident. Peyton has cancer. Steffi's mother died of cancer when she was a child, her father looks as though he is on the verge of dementia. Ryan hates Steffi for ghosting him, he had revenge sex and ended up getting the girl pregnant while still in college. His wife has left him for a millionaire but still wants half the house AND alimony. Ryan's mother is scheming to get Ryan and Steffi back together. I also found the signalling for the other couples in the series was a bit heavy handed. My prediction is that Claire and Peyton's millionaire photographer brother are secretly in love with each other, ditto Peyton and Steffi's brother Ben. I wanted less angst and more of Steffi's fledgling building business. I liked the interactions between Steffi and Ryan's daughter and think if there had been less angst flying around it would have been a more enjoyable book because those parts were fun, flirty and cute. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
SherriBabb More than 1 year ago
Steffi and Ryan are being given a second chance at love in this book. They were a hot and heavy item in their younger years but when Steffi went to college she decided she wanted to have her freedom so she could explore life. She ghosted Ryan. By doing this she totally destroyed Ryan because he never new the real reason why she left him. Now they are both back in their hometown again. Steffi trying to make a new start for her life and Ryan going thru a divorce and trying to make a new life for himself and his daughter. They are brought together again by Ryan's meddling mom. What are they going to do with this chance they have been given? Will either of their pasts come back to haunt their futures? For me this was an extremely well written book and I cannot wait until book two in this series.Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Terri_C More than 1 year ago
This was my third book by Jamie Beck, and my favorite thus far. She deals with difficult subjects in her novels. This book still dealt with some heavy subjects (assault, divorce, betrayal), but I think Beck managed to make it a little lighter by injecting more playfulness between the characters and by having the little girl play such an integral part of the story. Emotions played a major part in the story. Steffi and Ryan were an item in high school, but when Steffi went off to college she broke things off with him in a very uncaring way. Now they are both back in the same town again and being thrown together. Ryan has a soon-to-be ex-wife, new full time care of his daughter plus all the hurt from his past with Steffi. As if his being screwed up isn't enough, Steffi is trying to deal with having been attacked by two men. As they come together again each tries to help the other, but their "interference" just might drive a wedge between them again. I'm already anxious for the next book in the series. I received a copy via Netgalley. All thoughts are my own.
Susanmc81 More than 1 year ago
A great second chance romance by Jamie Beck. Steffi and Ryan are high school sweethearts and first loves. When they go to different colleges, Ryan is planning their future together and Steffi panics. Being an immature 19 year old, she breaks up via texts and then ghosts him. Ryan ends up knocking up his rebound girlfriend and marries her. Now ten years later, both of them are returning to Sanctuary Sound. Ryan is in the middle of a divorce and is busy taking care of his nine year old daughter Emmy. Steffi is starting a construction business with her friend Claire and recovering from a recent brutal attack. When Ryan’s mother hires Steffi for a remodel job, they are forced to confront Ryan’s anger and Steffi’s guilt over their past. What I really enjoyed was the time that it took for the couple to repair their relationship. Steffi did a number on Ryan, and I was glad she had to work for his forgiveness. There is also a nice setup of the secondary characters for future books. I will be impatiently waiting for the next book in the series. I was provided an arc by NetGalley for my honest review.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Jamie Beck opens her new Sanctuary Sound series with a bang! Steffie Lockwood is a builder with a fledgling business. The opportunity to work in the home of her high school sweetheart sounds like a trap set by his mother, but becomes a chance to repair her friendship with Ryan Quinn. This is a second chance love story with a balanced dose of drama. While Steffie's two best friends are split because of a betrayal, Steffie deals with random blackouts she believes are related to her recent attack. The Quinns aren't the kind of family to admit any weakness so Steffie's stubbornness is ingrained. Ryan is concerned for her safety and the safety of his daughter when they start spending more time together. Ryan's life took a different course when Steffie broke his heart: unexpected pregnancy and marriage, moving back in with his parents, and ultimately divorce. It takes everything in him to restrain his anger with Steffie, but her tenacity causes him to give her another chance and leave the past behind. I love that this story has layers. Steffie and Ryan have to learn forgiveness and trust, among other things, in order to leave the past behind and create the future they always wanted. Jamie Beck effortlessly gets readers emotionally invested in this story and wrapped up in the dreams of the characters. If you've already read and loved any of Jamie Beck's previous series, then you'll confidently find The Memory of You your next favorite read. I'm definitely ready to dive into another Sanctuary Sound novel! *ARC provided in consideration for review*
SaraOxo More than 1 year ago
The Memory of You by Jamie Beck a four-star read that will haunt you. This is the first read in the Sanctuary Sound series and I cant wait to read the rest of the series, this was a beautifully written story, the author deals with harsh subjects and shows a graceful side when writing about them, I adored how she allowed Steffi to take her time with recovering, there was no one day she was suffering and the next she was fine, it was a natural progression and showed that you do face ups and downs and each journey is different that added something to the story that was missing as in some other ways there was something missing like with the ghosting that bothered me, Ryan deserved so much more. The setting of Sanctuary sound and the characters are described in such great detail that you will feel like you are there with them, feel the pain that Emmy feels like being in the middle of a tug-of-war and you can understand her pain.
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
Steffi broke Ryan's heart when they were in college by ghosting him. Ten years later, she's back in her hometown renovating homes ... still single. But when Ryan's mother hires Steffi to renovate her house, Steffi thought she could be in and out before Ryan came home for a visit. After Steffi broke his heart, Ryan played the field ... to try and get over her. But Ryan becomes a husband and father after an unplanned pregnancy within a year. When Ryan's wife leaves him and his 9-year old daughter, they move in with his parents so he can get his life back together. Steffi is surprised, but happy to see Ryan and his daughter ... but Ryan isn't happy to see Steffi as he's still hurt from their breakup. Will Steffi be able to break into Ryan's heart again or has their time together been gone for 10 years? This book just melted my heart. I couldn't help but root for Ryan to forgive Steffi so they could have their happily-ever-after. Although I didn't quite understand why she ghosted him in the first place because she always loved him. I really liked that Ryan had a little girl and how she was a typical teenybopper with mood swings. I also liked the supporting characters like Ryan's mom and Steffi's business partner Claire ... and I can't wait for Claire's story. Great start to a new series. I received an ARC courtesy of Montlake Romance through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful first story in a brand new series by Jamie Beck. Steffi and Ryan, former highschool sweethearts find themselves placed in each other's paths again courtesy of Ryan's mother back in Sanctuary Sound. Steffi is trying to get her remodeling business off the ground and Ryan is trying to get his life back on solid ground. Ryan is in the process of a divorce and he and his daughter Emmy have temporarily moved into his mother's house. His mother has hired Steffi to remodel a room in her house. For them to have a second chance at love and a life together, they first need to deal with the fact that Ryan feels betrayed that Steffi blindsided him when she left him all those years ago. So she needs to help him to understand why she left and hope that he can find a way to trust her again. They also need to deal with his soon to be ex wife and all the joys that come along with her and all she is and isn't to his daughter. Steffi is also just a few months post a traumatic event that has left her with memory lapses and periods of "zoning out" as she calls it but they become scarier and her friend Claire and Ryan beg her to get help. Needless to say there is a lot going on in this story but it all works together nicely as these two people who are clearly meant for each other find their way through the struggles and pain towards their happily ever after.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
The Memory of You follows the story of Steffi and Ryan and is told from dual points of view. When I started reading this book, I was definitely intrigued. Ryan and Steffi still had intense chemistry despite the years and pain between them. Neither Ryan or Steffi are the same as they used to be. Ryan hasn’t been able to forget the pain of losing Steffi when they were younger and now he is going through a separation and has other responsibilities to worry about. And Steffi….well, lets just say Steffi was very immature when she was with Ryan. She didn’t communicate well and really just devastated him. She never really got over Ryan and the feelings are clearly still there. Steffi also has a lot on her plate. She has a new business with her bestie and still reels from an attack she suffered years prior. This story had a lot going on, but I thought it had some good potential and was excited to see where it would go. The Memory of You is one of those books that you love and hate at the same time. For the most part I really enjoyed this book. I loved the redevelopment of Ryan and Steffi’s relationship. They took things slow and tried to work on their issues. I enjoyed watching them find their way back to one another and learn to forgive & trust again. I also really enjoyed Ryan’s daughter Emmy. She so sweet and added a cuteness to the story that it really needed. Sure Emmy wasn’t always the perfect kid, but she was just what I would expect from a little girl who had her world turned upside down. However, there were definitely some issues with this story. I love stubborn characters. I do. I know most people wouldn’t say that, but I do. But with Steffi, she was just way too over the top. I mean at times her stubbornness made me feel like she was a child. She just refused to listen to any logic and it made me annoyed with her. If she were a real person, I would have totally shook her and tried to knock some sense into her; that’s how crazy she made me. Also, I felt like she was really pushy with her friends and was the last person who should be doling out advice since she never listened to any of the advice that was given to her. The next thing I need to address is the pacing and dialogue. While I appreciated the slow build and anticipation of Ryan & Steffi’s relationship, it was just too slow. I mean, it felt like things were just progressing at snail’s pace. Yes, I know there are reasons for some of the slowness, but there comes a point when enough is enough and the pacing has got to pick up. Please don’t get me wrong, when done right I totally LOVE a slow burn, but I need to feel like the story is moving/going somewhere. And that just could be me, but I felt it was worth mentioning. As far as the dialogue goes, again for the most part it was fine. However, there were some instances where it felt repetitive. So, overall, I do think this will be a book that is a hit for some and a miss for others. For me, it was just ok. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I will say that The Memory of You does deal with some heavy subject matter and I do appreciate the way the author dealt with it. This story sends of strong message of healing and forgiveness. The characters are not perfect, but I think that made them more relateable. While this book wasn’t a total hit for me, I’m still glad that I checked it out and gave it a chance.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
The Memory of You is an engaging, emotional and well-written novel. Twenty-nine-year-old, Steffi Lockwood is a businesswoman, driven, and independent. She owns a refurbishing company, with her close friend, Claire. Lately, Steffi has become irritated, over her friend’s nagging. Steffi admits that her dissociative episodes were puzzling and bothersome, but not enough, to see a specialist. Steffi has already checked with her neurologist and was satisfied with his findings. Claire disagreed and wanted her partner to seek a second opinion. Steffi refused to see any more doctors, and counseling was out of the question. Steffi would reconsider, however, when her stubbornness, put a little girl in danger. Letting go of Ryan Quinn, was Steffi’s biggest regret in life. She left him ten years ago without saying a word. Ryan was devastated. He took up with a girl who was the complete opposite of Steffi. When Val, his rebound girlfriend, announced that she was pregnant, he married her. While working on divorce negotiations, Ryan moved back into his mother’s house, taking his daughter, Emmy, with him. Ryan was livid when he found Steffi Lockwood with his mother. Steffi’s heart stopped when she saw the man, whom she has loved forever. Although she knew that she had no reason to expect forgiveness from Ryan, she desperately wanted it. Life is never black and white. It’s messy, complicated and filled with hope, happiness, hurts, and disappointments. The Memory of You is a well-written, emotional book, about relationships, divorce, forgiveness, and love. I cared about the characters right from the start and was emotionally invested in their lives. I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next in the series. Thank you Montlake Romance and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. At the core it is a wonderful second chance romance as Steffi and Ryan are reunited after ten years, Ryan's failed marriage and his precocious little girl. The story is so much more though. Ryan is finding his way as a single dad as he works his way through a rough divorce. Steffi is happy for the second chance she has been given withe Ryan but it's clear things aren't as wonderful for her as she tries to portray. Whatever her issues Steffi needs to face and deal with them before her life will ever be normal again. These characters as well as several secondary characters are well developed and they feel like people you know. The book has a nice flow and is very well written. I can't wait to get more in this new series. I highly recommend this one.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
Whenever I pick up a book by Ms. Beck I know it will be thought provoking, and one that I will remember for a very long time. This one reiterates that thought. The Memory of You begins the author’s new series about a group of childhood friends whose lives we will have a chance to glimpse. This one centers around Steffi Lockwood and Ryan Quinn. HS and college sweethearts. Ryan’s heart was broken when Steffi left him without any apparent reason . Fast forward ten years. Both are back in their hometown. Ryan and his daughter are living with his parents while he is in the midst of a divorce, and Steffi is back home after being assaulted after leaving a bar . Hurts are still there , but so is their attraction. Will they be able to solve their issues, trust each other and find happiness? In addition to presenting the complexities of relationships, the author deals with the effects of assaults , cancer, as well as the after effects of surviving a shooting rampage. Definitely a book worth your time. I was entrusted this copy by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Claire140 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and the setting of Sanctuary Sound. Steffi and Ryan were high school sweethearts but split up a few times and Steffi got a bit overwhelmed with the relationship when she was going off to college, feeling she was being smothered a bit, and so totally ignored Ryan instead of finishing things in a more adult way. Ryan has carried around that bitter hurt since then. Fast forward and Ryan married and had a daughter (little madam but very cute!), but has just split from his wife (she ran off with someone else and left their daughter with him) and so he is back in his hometown staying with his parents while he sorts out the divorce and money situation and tries to keep everything together for the sake of his daughter. Steffi and a friend, Claire, have started a construction business and Ryan's Mum, who Steffi used to be very close to, hires her to do work on her house to help with additional space for Ryan and his daughter. Of course there was probably a bit of meddling going on there too as she always loved Steffi. Ryan was understandably shocked to see Steffi initially but they eventually worked through their issues from when they were younger and moved forward. Steffi was also having a few blackout issues as she had been attacked before she moved back to her hometown and was still experiencing the after-effects. It turns out there was more to it than initially thought and she had been blocking things from her mind. Ryan figured this out after a bit of snooping and eventually managed to confront her and get her to see a specialist. This was a very enjoyable story set in a lovely town with a few back stories going on between Steffi and her life-long friends, Claire and Peyton. I really enjoyed all the characters and look forward to reading Claire and Peyton's stories in the future.