- Author: Bette Lee Crosby
- Published: November 2015 by Bent Pine Publishing
- Category: Contemporary Fiction
TWO LOVERS. ONE CHANCE AT HAPPINESS….When Max Martinelli returns to Paris in search of her lost love, what she finds will change her life forever.
For three years the memory of Julien Marceau has haunted Max. Her life is stuck on hold simply because she can’t stop wondering what would have happened if she had gone back. Was Julien simply part of the magic of Paris? Or was he meant to be her destiny?
It’s New Year and Max Martinelli, who was introduced in The Loft, is visiting Annie and Oliver. Annie knows Max has something on her mind and she is right. Max is remembering the New Year she spent in Paris with Julien three years ago when they were in love. She never really got over him even though he hasn’t contacted her as he promised. After a disappointing New Year’s Eve party, when she realises she and her old friends have little left in common, she decides to return to Paris and try to find Julien. Annie is against the trip but Max is adamant. She needs to know if she can recapture how they were and if Julien still has feelings for her.
So, armed with a little box of one of Annie’s special ‘Travellers’ teas, Max books a ten-day holiday in Paris. Happy memories always have a rosy glow and sometimes don’t live up to expectations as Maxine finds out to her cost. But in the meantime she enjoys being in Paris again, sipping coffee outside the bistros. Visiting the places she loves though, is always more fun in company.
Sometimes it takes a jolt to make you wake up and see what you’re doing to yourself. For the past three years I’ve been living a lie. It’s one thing to lie to other people, but I’ve also been lying to myself. I say I’m over Julien, he’s a thing of the past, but that’s not true.
Instead of moving on, I’m stuck in a place where he’s not part of my life but he’s enough to keep me from having a life.
What the Heart Remembers centres on Maxine, Ophelia and Annie feature less than in previous books. Max relives past memories, as she revisits the Paris she knew, alongside her present experiences. The trip makes her realise and understand what love is really all about…and she discovers it’s never wise to dismiss the thought of new possibilities. Expectations, unrealistic or otherwise, can be very misleading and close the mind. Sometimes it’s best to leave the past behind, look to the future and consider the past a lesson learned.
The characters, always portrayed with feeling and emotion, are a delight. I enjoyed catching up with Ophelia, Annie and Oliver. And, as always, I love the individual narrations which allow the reader into the heart and mind of the character. The descriptions of Paris are wonderfully vivid and transported me to the cobbled streets, cafés and intimate bistros, the places tourists gravitate towards such as Notre Dame and Versailles and the beautiful countryside.
This review is based on a digital copy from the author. This does not affect my opinion or the content of this review.
About the author
USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby’s books are “Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances.” – Midwest Book Review
The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby’s writing is, “A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures.”
Samantha from Reader’s Favorite raves, “Crosby writes the type of book you can’t stop thinking about long after you put it down.”
“Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, “My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.”
It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky characters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal, Reader’s Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer’s Choice Award.