Review: MARIA IN THE MOON by Louise Beech

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Thank you so much Orenda Books for providing my free copy – all opinions are my own.

Book Description: 

Thirty-two-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria.
With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love. But when she loses her home to the devastating deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges . . . and changes everything.

My Review: 

A breathtakingly beautiful story that centers around Catherine Hope, a home care worker who resides in England, who after a devastating flood volunteers at a crisis center in order to help flood victims. But Catherine has problems of her own. She is haunted by her past and has no memory of an entire year of her childhood.

I had no idea what to expect before reading this one. The writing is so beautiful and it’s one of the more unique books I’ve ever read. Catherine is a very interesting protagonist. She’s surly and defensive, but you root for her anyway. As you learn more about Catherine’s journey, your heart breaks, but Beech writes her story in such a way that stirs up so many emotions. You name the emotion, I felt it. As the repressed memories from Catherine’s childhood come to the surface, you get a sense of hope, which I believe is what this story is about.

It’s powerful, heartbreaking, emotive, and full of intrigue. This story will stay with me a long, long time. Highly recommended!

My rating is 4.5 / 5 stars!

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