Author: Deanna Lynn Sletten
Published Date: April 23, 2012
Buy on Amazon: Paperback / Kindle
Author Website: http://www.deannalynnsletten.com/
**MEMORIES is a semifinalist in the Romance Category of The Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2012!**
Synopsis from Back Cover:
Deanna Lynn Sletten's Memories is a novel full of love, sadness, friendship, regret, laughter, second chances, and real life issues. Memories begins in the present day but quickly flashes back to tell Dani and Michael's love story that took place nineteen years earlier. Dani fell in love with an older man when she was eighteen. Expecting happily ever after, she was devastated when Michael suddenly fled without a goodbye. What happened next changed Dani's life forever.
Dani was never able to get over the tragedy that occurred after Michael left and blamed him for how her life turned out. Years later, Dani unexpectedly runs into her former lover. While he is delighted to see her, his excitement is quickly diminished because of her icy behavior. Determined to get to the bottom of it, Michael makes it his mission to figure out just what went wrong and why Dani holds a grudge. Slowly, years worth of secrets, regrets, and love is brought to the forefront. Dani must decide if she can forgive the man she has hated her entire adult life and begin a second time.
Memories deals with several sensitive subject matters. One of which is emotional and mental affects from being a soldier in war times. Michael was a Vietnam Veteran who never quite moved beyond that chaotic part of his life. Decades later, Michael was still awakened with nightmares of his time in Vietnam. Like many Veterans, Michael felt guilty for being alive when his friends perished. He dealt with many tough emotions, including that of feeling responsible for his friends deaths and not doing enough to save them. Luckily, Michael met a fellow vet who encouraged him to attend a Veteran's Support Group which helped him cope with pent up memories and emotions.
Memories also deals with women's reproductive issues including abortion and being unable to conceive a child. I believe that Memories will touch a chord with many women, be it from the regret of an abortion or the pain of not being able to conceive. Sletten does a terrific job in giving these controversial issues that women face a voice.
In Memories, Deanna Lynn Sletten skillfully wrote about a strong, professional woman. Dani had a successful career and was an independent woman who provided for herself. I love that Dani didn't need Michael. She was successful without him, but felt complete with him by her side. Too many novels make the heroine weak without her knight and shining armor there to support her. In Memories, Dani was capable of taking care of herself.
Deanna Lynn Sletten's Memories is a wonderfully realistic and poignant story. I recommend Memories to all romance lovers or fans of fiction. Slatten does a great job in not only writing a love story but also of weaving a story full of decades full of secrets, old and new friendships, PTSD, tragedy, and forgiveness. Memories is a touching story that will leave you fulfilled.
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