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Memory Keeper's Daughter
Memory Keeper's Daughter | Kim Edwards
A #1 "New York Times "bestseller by Kim Edwards, "The Memory Keeper s Daughter "is a brilliantly crafted novel of parallel lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love Kim Edwards s stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964 in Lexington, Kentucky, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this beautifully told story that unfolds over a quarter of a century in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that winter night long ago. A family drama, "The Memory Keeper s Daughter "explores every mother's silent fear: What would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you? It is also an astonishing tale of love and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets are finally uncovered."
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LibrarianChels
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Enjoying a much needed vacation in Utah‘s National Parks. First stop: Zion. Nothing beats being enraptured by a good story in a hammock surrounded by these gorgeous red rocks.

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brit91
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😁😎😍🤩Goodwill finds today!😁😍😎🤩

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AmyK1
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Everyone goes to Goodwill while on vacation and buys a stack of books, right? 😉 I‘ve read the tagged and Cry, the Beloved Country before and am looking forward to the rest. #needanothersuitcase.

Crazeedi Sweet!!👏👏 5mo
LiteraryinLititz I loved Memory Keeper and Light Between! 5mo
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nichollinlove
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Pickpick

I know I'm late to the party that is this book BUT I enjoyed this book very much. There are so many complex emotions throughout this book and I think everyone's story is told well.

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Librarybelle
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Wednesday morning reading with #Zeke . I started this a few days ago and like the writing style. Slightly nervous, though, since so many Littens have this a so-so rating. #catsoflitsy

Lcsmcat I read it for book club years ago and we all liked it, and found much to discuss. 6mo
Librarybelle @Lcsmcat My historical fiction book group is discussing it today. I won‘t have it finished in time, but I‘ll be interested to hear what they say. 6mo
sblbooks This is a really good book, and that's really cute cat. 6mo
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Eggs
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🎶Something inside, that was always denied, for so many years
She's leaving home, bye, bye🎶

When twins are born in 1964, one is a healthy boy and the other is a girl with Downs Syndrome. To spare his wife, the father tells the nurse to take the girl to an institution. But the nurse is too compassionate to do that and moves away to raise the girl on her own...

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whatrebeccasread
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Mehso-so

"The Memory Keeper's Daughter" is devastating and really makes you think about the effects of keeping a secret from those you love. With a promising start, I enjoyed the first half but began to lose interest as the pages went on. I'm glad to finally be taking this off my TBR list, it's 3 stars from me!

My full review is up on my blog now ?

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Kaylamburson
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Mehso-so

I was super excited about this book based on the premise, but it didn't come to life in the way I expected. Although a good start, it slowed down and never picked back up. Also, listening to the audiobook, the chapter breaks were a bit jarring as the guitar music didn't make sense until about 3/4 through the book.

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Cinfhen
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#WinterWonderland #BabyItsColdOutside When a Dr.‘s wife goes into labor in the midst of a blizzard he decides to deliver the child at home with the aid of his trusted nurse. But the delivery isn‘t easy and it‘s not one baby but 2. Realizing one of the twins has a birth defect the dr thinks it will be better to say the child died 🙄and gives the baby to his nurse. The nurse then opts to raise the little girl as her own. Dire consequences arise👇🏼

Cinfhen This book went from ok to terrible pretty quickly. And now thinking back, I hate it even more 😡😡😡 11mo
Chrissyreadit I do not think I could read it. 11mo
RachelO *Discretely unstacks* 11mo
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cariashley @Cinfhen I hated this book too!! Had to read it for a book club years ago and was so mad I wasted time with it 🙄 11mo
Cinfhen I think this might have been a bookclub book for me too @cariashley 🤔and I‘m surprised I didn‘t bail!!! 11mo
Dragon I read this one years ago. I think it was an Oprah pick? 11mo
Cinfhen I could totally see this an Oprah Bookclub choice @Dragon for some reason I sometimes mix up this book with a different book and I can‘t recall the other book which I actually liked a lot 11mo
Kalalalatja Just reading the blurb made me kinda interested, but I‘m glad I saw your comment about not liking it! #NOTstacked 11mo
Cinfhen I think it‘s a hate it/ love it @Kalalalatja so maybe #BorrowNotBuy 11mo
TrishB I really disliked this one too 😡 11mo
LeeRHarry I really did not like this one, actually made my blood boil a little bit....great choice of song for this prompt though you guys! Love me some Cerys Matthews and of course Tom Jones @TrishB 😊 11mo
Amiable I was not a fan of this book, either. 😣 11mo
Reviewsbylola I hated this one. 😑 11mo
Suet624 Well then! Unstack. 11mo
Cinfhen Ha!! #LittensAreVocal @Suet624 😂😂😂 11mo
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huntersmom1977
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Mehso-so

Meh.....
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

RadicalReader @huntersmom1977 gorgeous wonderful book cover never seen one more beautiful 11mo
huntersmom1977 @RadicalReader I agree. Very magical and peaceful 11mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser I've just acquired this book, looking forward to reading it 4mo
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LittleAndFierce
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Pickpick

This book took a little longer for me to read but it was worth it. The love and pain was palpable. I could see how the plot in this story could happen or might‘ve happened. I can‘t even imagine being in Norahs shoes. K j

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Stephuhhnieee
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Book mail 😬

LiteraryinLititz I loved The Memory Keeper‘s Daughter!! 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Water For Elephants is really good. 🐘 13mo
rather_be_reading awesome picks! 13mo
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Eggs
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#booktwins #readingresolutions @Jess7
Twins Paul and Phoebe are separated shortly after birth...Phoebe had Down's syndrome and is sent away without her mom's knowledge

IamIamIam Omigosh, I loved this book SOOO much!!!! 14mo
Eggs @IamIamIam Me too ❣️ 14mo
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youneverarrived
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Some of the books I read #7years ago. #septemberdanes

Kalalalatja That‘s quite a bunch of books 👌 1y
monkeygirlsmama I love the Memory Keepers Daughter. ❤️ 1y
ephemeralwaltz Lovely! 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm Great titles! 1y
Leftcoastzen Nice group! 1y
Cinfhen Thank God for GoodReads 😂 1y
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huntersmom1977
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These past 3 months I‘ve really slowed down on my reading. Was going through anxiety and every time I would try and wind down and read, my mind would constantly wander off. I‘m having a really good week so far and my anxiety has eased a lot and found I‘m back to full concentration and this book is so damn good so far. Readers‘ block sucks!

GondorGirl I'm glad you're feeling better. Anxiety sucks! 1y
huntersmom1977 @GondorGirl It sure does but thank you kindly ❤️😊 1y
Suet624 So glad you‘re feeling better. 1y
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huntersmom1977 @Suet624 Aww thank you Sue ❤️😘 1y
RadicalReader @huntersmom1977 I highly recommend The Cellar by Natasha Preston, The One and The Good Samaritan by John Marrs #remarkablereads #riveting 1y
huntersmom1977 @RadicalReader I will definitely be on the lookout for your suggestions. Thank you 😊 1y
RadicalReader @huntersmom1977 you‘re more than welcome figure what better gift than that of radical recommendations 1y
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MelissaSue81
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Mehso-so

This was 12/13 for #13books13weeks
I mostly just spent this book being angry at the father... I was hoping there would be some great redemption for him. That didn‘t really come.. and the ending seemed sort of rushed and not that satisfying. Also.. I downloaded an abridged audio version accidentally which actually left out entire characters, so when I tried to switch between print and audio I was really confused

Stacy_31 I really enjoyed this book but do have to agree that the ending did feel rushed. How odd that the entire characters were left out. (edited) 1y
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InBooksILive
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Digging into my boxes of books. Switching it up from my usual Fantasy genre. This one will be a fast read but a nice change.
I loved the movie and the book is always better.

ReadZenRites Oh yes, I really enjoyed this one. 😊 Hope you do too!💕 1y
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BookaholicNatty
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Catching up from yesterday‘s #ReadingResolutions photo challenge -Day 3 prompt was #Memory! ❤️❤️📚

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Chronic_Reader
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Panpan

#ReadingResolutions • Day 3|Memory • The premise of this book was good, but it read fairly slow and didn‘t bring me into the story. I read it a few years ago and the plot details have not stuck with me since. 🤷🏼‍♀️📚

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Eggs
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Because of a snowstorm, Dr Henry must deliver his and his wife's child. It's 1964. A son is born, but to Dr Henry's surprise, a twin girl is born next. Recognizing that the girl has Down's and wanting to spare his wife pain, he asks his nurse to bring the girl to an institution. When his wife comes to, he tells her the baby was stillborn. Nurse discovers the institution is horrible, so she flees to another city to raise the girl...

MinDea I read this book a while ago and remember liking it! 2y
julesG This was a really good book. 2y
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danisaur10
Mehso-so

I loved the concept, but felt the book was overall pretty slow. It was bogged down with a lot of unnecessary detail. I loved the characters and their individuals trials, Phoebe and Caroline were my favorites.

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danisaur10
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Oh, the feels.

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danisaur10
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Definitely can relate to Norah‘s loss. And I‘m sure the reactions of her acquaintances will be quite similar to when/if I am blessed with another child. “No one else will say a word about her. They act like since I have Paul, I ought to be satisfied. Like lives are interchangeable.”

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ErinSueMreads
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Found these in a free bin today! Also the dog book is written by a person named Cat 😂😂😂😂😂

#freebookfriday

OwenBanner I wouldn‘t trust it 2y
ErinSueMreads @OwenBanner its definitely a trap....a very cat thing to do.... 2y
OwenBanner It‘s 200 blank pages and one word printed right in the middle of them: the word “nothing.” (edited) 2y
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ErinSueMreads @owenbanner now I'm scared to open it 😂😂😂😂😂 2y
OwenBanner @ErinSueG Cat propaganda 2y
OwenBanner But you can always read “Katz R Meen” by Pup Robertson To balance out the bias 2y
ErinSueMreads @OwenBanner good news! It has text in it though it is in VERY SMALL print.... 2y
ErinSueMreads @OwenBanner 😂😂😂😂😂 2y
OwenBanner 😹😹😹😹 2y
ErinSueMreads @OwenBanner yes that's much more appropriate. ”jokes on you stupid human the small print is all about the demise of the dogs” 2y
Jennifer3 I enjoyed the Memory Keeper‘s Daughter 2y
OwenBanner Haha, I would love it if this all was true 2y
ErinSueMreads @OwenBanner honestly it would make my whole night. 2y
ErinSueMreads @Jennifer3 good to know! I have heard lots of great things about it but haven't ever read it. I was distraught after lovely bones so I've always been a little hesitant to read it. I know it's not the same subject exactly but close enough. 2y
Jennifer3 I like books that make me think and feel, this one definitely did. It was a little tough to get into at first but I am glad I read it. 2y
ErinSueMreads @Jennifer3 excellent! I love a good intellectual read! 2y
LiteraryinLititz The Memory Keeper‘s Daughter is one I lent to friends a lot after I read it a while ago. I loved it! 2y
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mrsmamfa
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Loved this book!! Definitely recommend it ❤️

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Nikki15
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Pickpick

There isn‘t anything romanticised in this book. Life is laid out in all its tragedy and beauty and this book is all the more captivating for it. Some people make mistakes over and over again; trying to make up for other ones whilst others live as innocently as they know how; embracing life‘s beauty in a way that everyone should know how to. 💕

Liatrek Lovely review I bought this at sale sounds like I need to bump it up on my TBR pile. 2y
Nikki15 @Liatrek Definitely do, it‘s a great book 2y
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Nikki15
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You know you‘re invested in a character when you‘re constantly willing them to make different choices. ❤️

minkyb So true! 2y
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Nikki15
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Gingerbread tea, candles and a good book before bed. What could be better.

MiyakoBunny There‘s Chip‘s Twin 💗💗💗💗 Love it!!! 2y
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Nikki15
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I haven‘t been on Litsy as much as I would have liked these past few weeks. Life has continued to get in the way of doing the things I love. It‘s too easy to forget to do the things you love so hopefully I‘m back and here to stay! Starting with reading a book I received from an amazing friend this Christmas 🎄 📚🎁

APLitlife Loved this book! 2y
Nikki15 @APLitlife Yeah I‘m enjoying it so far, hopefully it‘s not too sad!! 2y
Andrew65 I own this and need to read it. 2y
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Andrea4
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#seatosea #LMPBC package arrived! @FantasyChick
I like your idea of a "lighter" read?? I may have to wait to read it. Thanks for the bookmark/recipe! Definitely going to make that!!!
Now that I've finished In The Woods I can start this creepy read...um but to warn you all, if it gets too much for me, I may skip parts but I will note that. @Jaberwocky @BookishTrish

FantasyChick Hahaha I wasn't sure what to send you. I don't have many 'light' reads lol. Hope you enjoy whenever you get to it. It actually has a really sweet story. 😊 2y
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Centique
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#decdays #rockabye

This is the only book I can remember with a baby in it and I enjoyed it, though I think it was a quieter tale than the blurb suggests. A doctor delivers his wife‘s twins but when one turns out to have Downs Syndrome he makes a rash decision to lie to his wife and get the nurse to take the baby to an institution. The nurse‘s choice and her life thereafter form most of the book.

julesG I loved this book. 2y
Centique @julesG I think I probably did, although I didn‘t review it at the time! It sure stuck with me though. 2y
julesG @Centique Yes, it stuck with me, in a way only few books do. 2y
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RaimeyGallant Creepy cover! 2y
Centique @RaimeyGallant yes it is! I think it kind of gives the wrong impression too. It‘s not a creepy or thrilling story. 2y
Cinfhen I read this ages ago, but remember loving it! 2y
Centique @Cinfhen yay! I think we have similar tastes in realistic fiction, we both like big important issues I reckon, not too light and fluffy. It‘s my love of all things fantastical that‘s different - and I think you like thrillers/crime? I enjoy some but I don‘t like to be biting my nails for too long 😳😳 2y
Cinfhen Yay! You figured out our bookish compatibility issues🤗🤗🤗🤗we are definitely on the same page when it comes to important reads😘 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage This book was excellent! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#setinwinter
#jingleshelves

Some of my favorites!! Especially Winter Garden! ❄️⛄️

Aswenson ❤️ Winter Garden ❄️ 2y
Kaye You guys are all better setting up book pictures. I just snap the picture of the book and it‘s all crooked and whopperjawed. 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Kaye oh just snap it and post it!!! I bet it‘s great!! 😊📚😘 2y
Hollie Great minds think alike on Winter Garden! Can‘t go wrong with Kristin Hannah! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hollie I think we are Book soul sisters!!! 📚💕😊 2y
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Lcsmcat
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A moving story of how #memories can hold us captive. #noteworthyNovember @Jess7

Jess7 Oooohhh I like this cover! 2y
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LinaLovesLit
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Pickpick

I‘ve posted a review of this book on my blog and Instagram account, Lina Loves Lit.

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julesG
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#TuneIntoNovember #HistorySticksToYourFeet

Don't ask why I chose this book. It just popped up.

This story is not exactly about history in general, more about family history and about how, in the past, people with disabilities were treated right from the start.

@Cinfhen @Robothugs

Cinfhen Out of the box thinking!! I love it!!! 2y
Lcsmcat Good choice! 2y
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JustaStudentNurse
Pickpick

This book is a tough read, it's very emotional, and some themes may cause distress depending on circumstances, but I found it beautiful, sad, happy, and moving. I would recommend it, but read the blurb first, it does deal with some sensitive topics.

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Maggie
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Pickpick

This is a really sad story about twins who, because of reasons, don't grow up together. Really beautiful, too. #Siblings #AwesomeAutumnBooks

Lcsmcat I read this years ago for book club, and just ordered the least expensive edition off Amazon. Only to discover it was the large print edition. It made the book as thick as Les Mis, and oddly I found myself reading more slowly. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Maggie @Lcsmcat That sounds like something I would do. 😉 But I think this one lends itself to a slow read. 2y
Zelma This was a good one. I was pleasantly surprised. 2y
Cconnolly Found this at Goodwill recently. Sounds like I made a good grab! 2y
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izah.ahmad
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While waiting for the boat to come (yes, a boat) 😂

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Mindyrecycles
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I know I read this in 2007, because I wrote it down in my reading journal, but ironically, I can't remember the first thing about it! #memoriesremain #90sinjuly

Myhusbandhatesreading I read this too, many many years ago but can't recall it either. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can't either.... 🙁 2y
OrangeMooseReads I haven't read the book, but I have seen the Lifetime movie based on it. 2y
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diovival I was thinking of reading this for the read harder challenge. On the fence. 2y
cariashley Read this for a book club... and remember not liking it at all 😝 2y
Melwilk When I read it, I thought it was a good story. 2y
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FantasyChick
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Pickpick

I'm really not sure how I feel about this book. I do know that I was completely amazed at how children with Down's Syndrome were treated during these times though. Blows my mind! The story was good but I found it drug on a lot and didn't keep my attention for long periods of time. That being said, I'm going to pick this because it's not great but definitely better than ok. I did find out a movie was made, so I'm going to see if I can find it!

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Sha0102
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Pickpick


“In The Memory Keeper‘s Daughter, Kim Edwards has created a tale of regret and redemption . . . of characters haunted by their past. Crafted with language so lovely you have to reread the passages just to be captivated all over again . . . simply a beautiful book.” —Jodi Picoult Entertaining level: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 #livro #Persefone #book #booklovers #ler #leitura #leitora #reading #instabook #litsy #booklover #brazilianreader #2013Sha #dogsoflitsy

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julesG
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#BooksAboutMothers
#MayBookFlowers
@RealLifeReading

Not the birth mother who raises the memory keeper's daughter but a nurse with such a large heart. This story stuck with me for quite some time.

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Cityofamber
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Bailedbailed

I'm DNFing this, not because it's bad but because I just don't care 😂

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Cosyreader
Mehso-so

This took me far too long to read. I actually enjoyed the first half and where other people gave up, I wanted to know more. In the second half, however, I think I got to know too much. A lot could've been left out. The ending was almost worth it but I'm still left with an overall feeling of meh. #LRC21

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Cosyreader
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Everyone's gone so I can finally finish this #slowread and have a belated #LitsyPartyofOne woo #dogsoflitsy

julesG Great book. Enjoy your reading party. 3y
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jdtchicago

It seemed there was no end at all to the lies a person could tell, once she got started.

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BeckyD
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This stack of books came from my grandmother. I love getting new books, but it is weird getting Harlequin romances from her.
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monkeygirlsmama This was such a good book. I read this years back with my bookclub. Have fun! 3y
BeckyD @monkeygirlsmama I was wanting to read it. I'll get to it soon. 3y
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GeorginaCrossAuthor
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Friend, lover, caretaker, collaborator, partner. So many words to describe us, but not enough to define us. #reading #writing #bookquotes

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dixi_e
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Pickpick

I read this a few years ago but just stumbled upon it again as I looked for a new audiobook. It was such an engaging and emotional read; I cannot recommend it enough.