A Memory Worth Dying For by Joanie Bruce

It is always interesting to me the professions that characters in novels have. It isn’t unusual to find characters with jobs that we associate with a lot of drama: firefighter, cops, soldiers, and lawyers. But some professions are a bit different. In this novel, we meet Marti who is an artist. This novel definitely demonstrates that author’s knowledge of the field. I for one, enjoyed this bit of a glimpse into a world that we don’t discover all that between the covers of a book.

**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

“Do Not Return To Texas!” Marti Rushing gets the message, loud and clear. If she returns to Texas, her life is in danger. If she stays in Tennessee, she’s safe. But when she receives a letter telling her that Daniel, her ex-husband and the love of her life, is dying, she knows she has to defy the stalker and return to Texas to see him. Three years ago, Daniel accused her of things she couldn’t remember doing. Without waiting for an explanation and after four wonderful years of marriage, Daniel kicks her off of his family’s Quarter Horse ranch. Now, three years after their separation, he walks into her art reception in Tennessee and acts like he doesn’t remember her. Does the memory loss have anything to do with the letter she received, or is Daniel pretending? Is he the one stalking her, or is it someone with a deadly, sinister motive? Ignoring the deadly warnings, she leaves for Texas, but on the way there, the attempts on her life begin. Will she be able to evade her pursuer’s attacks? Or will Daniel’s face be the last one she sees?

“The world is a beastly place, and wickedness touches our lives even if we are God’s children, but God will never…ever…abandon you. God stays the same. If we feel far from Him, it’s because we’ve moved–not Him.”

-Sandra, A Memory Worth Dying For

Characters: Daniel and Marti were fabulous characters to get to know. Both of them have a certain amount of unknowns in their lives. Daniel because of amnesia, and Marti because, well, she wasn’t told why her marriage to Daniel was ending. Marti is quite likable as she goes against the odds of surviving numerous attacks by a stalker and someone who is desperate to keep the truth away from her. The secondary characters of the book were also quite interesting. Gerald (Daniel’s father) with his attempts to make everything right and Veronica (Daniel’s girlfriend) who is a bit, well, spoiled.

Storyline: What an intriguing plot I found in this book! With the hero having lost his memories from a handful of years and a heroine who is unsure of what happened when her marriage disintegrated, this story is filled with mystery. Add to that a bunch of lies, and this is a book with a plot that keeps you guessing. I certainly didn’t figure out everything until the final pages of this book.

My Thoughts:  I’m certainly not ashamed to admit that I read this novel in a day. Within the first few chapters I was quite intrigued. Marti runs into her ex-husband and he acts like he doesn’t know her. What a story idea! From there, threats against Marti increase and she can’t really move on with her life until she gets to the bottom of it. The whole thing makes for a page-turner. Every time I set the book down I couldn’t wait to pick this one back up again. If you enjoy a novel with a hefty dose of suspense, I highly recommend this one!

About the Author:

After writing simple picture books for children and mysteries for teens, Joanie found that her passion for writing exploded when she started working in suspense fiction. As an avid reader, she welcomed the transition from reading to writing and considered it a wonderful new experience to please others with her words instead of visual means.

As an artist, Joanie’s primary goal is to achieve a strong likeness of her subject, while portraying it in the most complementary setting. Her greatest joy is realized in providing her customers with a cherished reminder of someone or something very dear to them – a work that will stand the test of time.

With a specialty in portraiture, Joanie Bruce uses such media as oils, acrylics, pastel, graphite, charcoal, and clay to create commissioned pieces as well as creative landscapes, animals, and still life using a realistic approach to art. Her body of work includes over 100 commissioned portraits in various media as well as numerous landscapes and is found in private homes as well as corporate offices. 


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