The Memory House: A Love Story in Two Acts
by Jenetta James
Publication Date: August 10, 2020
Quills and Quartos Publishing
Paperback & eBook; 276 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
A house in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods is home to secrets, mysteries, and two love stories spanning two centuries.
In 1859, independent-minded Kitty Cathcart dreams of escaping Veronica Gardens but her father’s determination to marry her off to a rich man of his choosing forces her to seek happiness and find her own voice by other means. And then the handsome but poor Alex Faraday walks through the front doors.
In 2019, Oxford-educated Josie Minton never dreamt of living in a house as grand as Veronica Gardens, but the nanny’s quarters are a perfect fit for a young woman in need of a job. Wealthy financier James Cavendish and his twin girls quickly find her indispensable to their happiness, but Josie is still searching for her future.
Then the great house reveals the first of its secrets, and the tragedy and romance of one era are brought into sharp relief with another.
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The Memory House by, Jenetta Jame, is meticulously written book that deftly weaves from the Victorian era to present day 2018. With central part of the story involving a House.
This captivating multifaceted book was such a joy to read. Written in a way that pulls the reader into the two protagonist lives.
The first is of Catherine “Kitty” Cathcart living in 1859, She is headstrong and wishes to make up her own mind who to choose to marry. This is not the norm of polite society or the of social doctrine during the Victorian era. A marriage during this time period, was usually more of a contract of family’s or to advance or find a family’s estate. She also caries the weight of being the sole Heir Cathcart Empire.
Living in a home in the Victoria Gardens section of Kensington witch is near Hyde Park. Twenty three year Kitty suffers under her domineering father Sir Roland.
Who seeks an advantage match for his sole heir. She has so far been able to avoid all the titled gentleman that Sir Rolands has paraded in front her. He finds his daughter Kitty to be willful, and of his patients is wearing thin. He has had enough and is pressuring Kitty’s hand into marry Lord Trefusis. A man who is very much like her own father. At a chance dinner party at her aunts house she is introduced to a
Mr. Alexander Faraday, a law clerk working for her father’s solicitor. Things take a different turn when Mr Faraday is assigned work on a lawsuit for Sir Roland.
Josie Minton, takes a nanny position after her present long time employers are moving out of the country. She is interviewed and hired to care for a successful banker, James Cavendish’s toddler daughters, Maggie and Santa.
Mr James Cavendish home is in present day 2018, which is at Victoria Gardens section of Kensington witch is near Hyde. Josie’s timeframe is spot on with realistic contemporary nuances. Josie and James find themselves drawn to each other after a pivotal point in the story involving a curious discovery in the garden’s home.
Of course I was completely immersed into the Victorian timeline, because historical fiction is my all time favorite. The rich atmospheric details were very compelling and I was completely captivated by the authors prose.
Jenetta James , delivers a storyline That is well paced. She reveals coming at just the place and time. The Victorian and Contemporary style romance befits each time period and was nicely executed. James narration flows effortlessly and smoothly through the dual timeframes. The characters themselves are well developed and believable, I felt completely vested with their lives.
The suspense builds as clues and hidden secrets are revealed and the tension rises to this absorbing, and a highly compulsive read.
Be prepared, this a book that will keep up at night, or like me and ignored all other responsibilities, to consume this book in one sitting. I will be recommending this book to friends and family members
About the Author
Jenetta James is a lawyer, writer, mother and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practises full time as a barrister. Over the years she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego.
She is the author of “Suddenly Mrs Darcy”, “The Elizabeth Papers” and “Lover’s Knot” as well as a contributor to The Quill Ink series of anthologies, “The Darcy Monologues”, “Dangerous to know”, “Rational Creatures” and “Elizabeth: Obstinate Headstrong Girl”.
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