Thursday, 12 November 2020

The Way To Remember by Martha Reynolds + #Giveaway

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Book Details:

Book TitleThe Way to Remember by Martha Reynolds
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  341 pages
GenreWomen's fiction, general fiction
Release date:   June, 2020 (First published as Best Seller in 2014)
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M. There are a few swear words, and sex is more suggested than explicit, but there are one or two moments that are provocative.

Book Description:

Set in New England at the time of the American Bicentennial, The Way to Remember is the poignant story of a displaced young woman struggling to figure out who she is within the context of her hometown and the carefully masked dysfunction of her family. "Everything can be fixed by writing a check." Words to live by for Robin Fortune's wealthy father, until he can't buy her way back into college after she's expelled for dealing pot. Now he chooses not to speak to her anymore, but that's just one of the out-of-whack situations Robin's facing. At nineteen, she feels rudderless, working in a diner by day and sleeping with a buddy from high school by night - all so strange for her because she was always the one with the plan. While her college friends plotted how to ensnare husbands, she plotted a novel, which she scratched out into a series of spiral-bound notebooks she hides in the closet. But now, there's nothing. No vision, no future, no point. In fact, the only thing she feels she has to look forward to is that her favorite author, Maryana Capture, is paying a visit to the local Thousand Words bookstore. Robin surmises that if she can convince Maryana to help her get her novel published, she'll finally get herself back on track. Except that life never takes a straight path in this intensely satisfying coming-of-age novel.

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I enjoyed reading this 1970s coming of age story which recounts a decisive year in the life of poor little rich girl, Robin Fortune. I felt that Reynolds really captured Robin well and made her a sympathetic character with whom I could identify, especially in remembering my own careless attitudes to other people at the same age. Robin comes across as much younger than her nineteen years at the beginning of this story and it was interesting to see her grow in maturity as the months pass. I did think that Robin's own writing would have a more central role whereas actually the focus is on her blossoming relationships and self belief. She begins to understand the value of genuine friendships and to see that shallow surface impressions often mask deeper traumas.

I thought Reynolds did an excellent job of portraying the historical details of the New England town at this period. Her allusions to then-current music and films helped to set the atmosphere and I loved picturing everybody in their fashionable outfits! Robin's Mum particularly must have been quite a sight to behold! I was a little disappointed by the patriarchal moral tone of two particular storylines (which I can't be more specific about here for fear of inadvertently spoiling the plot) and felt that some narrative digressions weren't adequately enough explored to satisfy my curiosity, however these are minor points. Overall I thought that The Way To Remembrance was a lovely novel and I am delighted to have had this opportunity to read it.


Martha Reynolds was raised in Rhode Island, spent a year of college in Switzerland, and is always planning a return visit. She completed an accomplished career as a fraud investigator and decided it was time to do something she really liked.

She now writes full-time and has set a personal goal of releasing a book a year until she dies. Her writing has appeared in Magnificat magazine and her very short poem was read by journalist Connie Schultz during NPR's Tell Me More poetry challenge.

Her novel VILLA DEL SOL won the 2018 Book Award in Literary Fiction by the Independent Publishers of New England.

Connect with the author:   Website  ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ goodreads
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