The Memory of Love is a story of courage and survival set on New Zealand's North Island where a Swedish doctor's lonely life is changed when she rescues a small boy. This beautifully written novel explores the destructive, forbidden and healing powers of love.
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by Linda Olsson
by Peter Carey
by Lloyd Jones
by William Boyd
by Tracy Chevalier
by Linda Grimes
by Linda Lael Miller
"Susan Lyons creates a believable accent for Marion Flint, a Swedish retired doctor who is living on an isolated beach in New Zealand. Linda Olsson's beautiful prose intertwines the story of Marion's past and an account of her unexpected maternal love for a mildly autistic boy named Ika, who is living with his abusive grandmother. Lyons adopts a fitting quality of reserve for Marion, who fears she could lose Ika so that his grandmother can keep her access to welfare. A subtle change of tone adds a dreamy note for the flashbacks to Marion's traumatic childhood and her doomed love affairs. The flattened vowels of the myriad New Zealand characters are adequate; it is Lyons's portrayal of a solitary woman finding unforeseen joy that is perfect. A.B. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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