Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I REMEMBER YOU by Cathleen Davitt Bell

Whelp, you know me and time travel books. I thought I REMEMBER YOU sounded like time travel of some variety, because Lucas remembers things from the future. It's not exactly that, but I won't spoil that for you.

Your quickie synopsis: Juliet and Lucas are falling in love, but when Lucas "remembers" things about Juliet he could not possibly know, Juliet begins to wonder if something is wrong.

I enjoyed this. The love story between Juliet and Lucas felt remarkably real. The author captures all the little details of first love: the intensity, the desperation, the way a smile or touch can send shivers down your spine.

I also enjoyed the friendship between Juliet and her best friend, Rosemary. The secondary characters are well fleshed out and enjoyable.  Overall, what I noticed most was the beautiful descriptive writing.

Here is a passage that I highlighted. Tell me you don't love this room. Doesn't it make you feel right at home. I want to toss a ball around with these dogs.

In the back of the house, it was all tennis and dogs. Piles of leashes and worn collars, chewed-up tennis shoes, tennis balls rolling around under counters, dogs rolling under the chairs, chasing them, sleeping with tennis balls grasped gently in their mouths. Tennis balls crowned the mail pile, held up broken table legs, mixed with the apples and oranges in the fruit bowl, and even, bizarrely, took pride of place in the door of the fridge where the ketchup and salad dressings are supposed to go. 

Also, I simply adore the description of the town library. (The setting is 1994, by the way.)

I love the way it smells of clean carpet and furniture polish and the dust-meets-chemical scent the microfiche readers emit. I love the librarians' low voices, the muted thumping of the wood chairs against the tables, the water fountain gurgling politely just inside the door. makes me want to go visit the libraries of days gone by. Perhaps I shall install a microfiche reader in my library. Okay, maybe not.

I'll leave you with the author's website to read more about this book, as well as her other books.

Happy Reading!