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Overview Phoebe Lange has it all, but something is missing. She longs for a past and a sense of connectedness. But it is not until she stumbles upon a scrapbook from the 1920s that she discovers a terrible secret about her family's history.
Publishers Description Phoebe Lange has it all--a Master's Degree, an adoring fiance, and a future with unlimited possibilities--but something is missing. Orphaned at age five and raised by her grandmother, Phoebe longs for a past and a sense of connectedness, but it is not until she stumbles upon a scrapbook dating back to the 1920's that she discovers a terrible secret about her family's history which triggers an identity crisis. Phoebe becomes obsessed with the mysterious ancestor, also named Phoebe Lange, whom she is convinced is the key to answering the questions that have plagued her. But the answers may not be what she has in mind.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.07" Width: 5.03" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 5, 2004
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849944651 ISBN13 9780849944659 UPC 023755022868
Availability 0 units.
More About Penelope J. Stokes
Penelope J. Stokes is the critically acclaimed author of The Blue Bottle Club, The Amethyst Heart, The Amber Photograph, The Treasure Box, The Wishing Jar and The Memory Book. She holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature and was a college professor for 12 years before leaving the classroom to write full-time. Stokes resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. Visit her website at www.penelopejstokes.com.
Penelope J. Stokes currently resides in Asheville, in the state of North Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Memory Book: A Novel?
Predictable and Corny Aug 21, 2007
I just finished up this book for my book club, so will try very hard to be objective. Here were my biggest issues with the book:
1. The plot was transparent, I could have told you exactly what was going to happen from about page 30. 2. The dialogue was painful and contrived, not at all natural. 3. The main character has some serious questions about and issues with God - understandably, considering her circumstances. However, by the end of the book, it's all better. People who have that many issues with their higher being don't just get past them.
This is possibly the worst book I've read this year. It was painful and trite. So disappointed that I wasted my time on it.
Thought Provoking Aug 5, 2007
Fast read. Have you ever wondered about a past relative and your connections with him or her? ...the similarities? ...or wanting to reach back and ask for advice?
Phoebe retreated to the home she grew up in to soul search, to try to come to terms with her own life. She finds her great-aunt's memory book and diary and is astounded on the similarities to her own life. She, also, learns of a family secret. In coming to terms with this secret and becoming acquainted with Great Aunt Phoebe, she finds herself and strength to do what she needs to.
There are strong Christian undertones but which could be adopted to whichever face of God you may believe in. This book brings up questions that we may all have encountered, like, "Where is God/dess NOW, when I need him/her most?"
Great read. It's really made me think in terms of my own life and challenges.
Fabulous read! Sep 30, 2005
What a wonderful story! I have to admit, from the title, I was expecting something a little "hokey" or "homespun"--which wouldn't be bad, since I like both hokey and homespun. :-) But this book is neither. Phoebe, our heroine, is wonderful: a perfect blend of strength and weakness, she has her own set of nagging worries in her life, a sense of something being "missing," and yet she doesn't whine or wimp out when it comes to facing these challenges (as so many heroines do). The "supporting cast" is wonderful as well, and the time travel elements are handled skillfully and smoothly. The only change I would have made in this book would have been to omit the final "bonus" part that they gave us as part of the book club edition...I thought the section with Phoebe's mother's perspective weakened, rather than strengthened, the book. But that's a small detail compared to the overall experience of this great story. Pick this one up!
--Janet W. Butler
One of the best reads of my year... Sep 28, 2002
The Memory Book by Penelope Stokes - The Memory Book is a tragic story of family secrets and how those secrets affect the generations to follow. What I loved about this novel was how intricately Ms. Stokes linked family members to each other though their paths never crossed. I literally gasped aloud at the twist in this plot. Everything in this novel fits perfectly together, making it one of the best reads of my year. -Traci DePree, author of A Can of Peas