Review: Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge

Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge
Simon & Schuster, 2014

Description (from the author’s website)

Waking up knee-deep in the San Francisco Bay with no understanding of how she got there, thirty-nine-year-old Lucie Walker discovers she has no memories of her past or her loving fiancé, Grady. After being diagnosed with a rare form of amnesia, Lucie returns to her previous life with Grady in Seattle only to find evidence of the “old” Lucie—an insecure and shallow personality she no longer recognizes, or wants to. Like a detective, the new Lucie attempts to find the path from past to present, only to remember shocking pieces of a dark childhood that tempt her to run away from everything all over again. To complicate matters more, she finds herself falling in love with her fiancé and his big close-knit clan of a family just as he seems to be falling out of love with her. But as Lucie begins to open up to the world around her, she realizes that she can build a future as the woman she wants to be, rather than the one her past dictated.

My Review – 4 Stars

In Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge, Lucy suffers from amnesia and is found standing in the San Francisco Bay.  Her fiance’, Grady, not knowing where she went, was searching for her.  After seeing news reports, he travels from their home in Seattle, Washington, to bring her back.

The most interesting part of this story was how Lucy and Grady reconnect.  Lucy knowing nothing of her former life, relies on Grady for her survival, even though she doesn’t remember him.  I have never known anyone who suffered from amnesia, but thought Lucy might have been more frightened than she seemed.  Lucy’s personality is very different from before her amnesia.  Before she was somewhat aloof, after she was more down to earth.  Grady having strong feelings for Lucy, tries to adjust as she tries to find herself.

I enjoyed exploring their feelings as they both adjust to revelations about the past and changes in their relationship.  Some parts of this story brought tears to my eyes.
Note: Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge is the January Book Club Selection for She Reads.  You can go to to find links to additional reviews on this book and enter their contest to receive a free copy of this book.  I would like to thank the She Reads Organization and the publisher, Gallery Books,  A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.,  for providing me with this book, free of charge, for review.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from the publisher, Gallery Books,  A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., as a member of the She Reads Network.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. I have read another book on amnesia, What Alice Forgot, and really liked it. I’d like to read this one too. Enjoyed your review.


  2. I agree that the best part of this story was the “how” of the characters’ reconnection. I thought the author brought them back together in a very believable and hopeful way.


  3. I’m glad you liked this one. I got a copy from NetGalley but haven’t read it yet. The synopsis was so intriguing and now that I read your review it makes me want to read it all the more.


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