Jenetta James has accustomed her readers with wonderfully written books and my expectations towards The Memory House were already very high, but upon reading the prologue I could not believe my eyes. She surpassed everything she ever did before. The prologue is an indication of the writing style the reader will find in the rest of the book and it is simply stunning. It is proof that real talent cannot be practised, either you have it, or you don’t, and Jenetta James certainly does.
The Memory House has a very similar structure to The Elizabeth Papers as the narrative will move from the Victorian era, where readers will accompany the story of Kitty Cathcart and Alex Faraday, to our current days, where the center stage will be occupied byJosie Minton and James Cavendish.
Each chapter is told from the perspective of one different character which makes us quite familiar and involved with each one of them. The female characters could not be more different, Kitty Cathcart is stubborn, fierceful, resilient and intelligent whereas Josie Minton is gentle, altruistic and always thinking of others. The male characters had both a level of mystery that I found very interesting and appealing, but their self determination was what captivated me the most. These characters’ approach towards their own lifes was one of the aspects I loved the most about this book. Despite their huge differences all these characters had to fight for their happiness, they all defied what society expected of them, to find their own place, and that kind of character development is always a plus in a book.
The characters also share a connection to a house in Victoria Gardens where both female characters will live in their respective timelines. This connection is clear for the reader since the beginning of the book but the mystery behind the events that occurred during the Victorian era, and that Josie and James try to uncover, will remain until the end. I must say I was very surprised with the outcome of the story, and it was so perfect I wouldn’t change a thing. The mystery and even some gothic elements about the Victorian era story were also one of the aspects I loved in this book. I did feel connected to Josie and James, especially James whom I loved, but the Victorian characters, their story, and everything involving them definitely won the fight for me, and that was in part due to the mystery concerning them.
This story talks about two love stories, but also about society’s expectations towards individuals, and how self determination can lead you towards happiness. Each one of the characters followed their own path towards what was their idea of happiness and fulfilment, regardless and even despite what society demanded of them, and I particularly liked that fact because I believe in our own way we can all relate to that.
The Memory House is written in a powerful and gripping writing style and is a poignant story full of mystery and romance that will certainly captivate readers. I cannot recommend this book enough to those who appreciate good literature.
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